Jeremy James Miller
October 21, 1976
Covina, California, United States
Jeremy James Miller (born October 21, 1976) is an American actor. He is known for his portrayal of Ben Seaver on Growing Pains and its two reunion movies. He also voiced Linus van Pelt in Happy New Year, Charlie Brown! along with Chad Allen.
Miller was cast in a few commercials, then a 1984 guest role in Punky Brewster before landing the role of Ben Seaver, the younger son on Growing Pains. Miller was supposed to be a part of the cast of the PBS show Ghostwriter. The creator wanted to make him a mentor to the younger Ghostwriter members, but the producers decided it wasn't a good idea for the show to have an older ghostwriter team member and Miller was not invited back after shooting the pilot. Since there was room for one more character in the show's budget he was replaced by Todd Alexander's character Rob. As an actor, probably his most recognizable trademark is the "Ben Seaver Scream," which can be heard and seen in any number of Growing Pains episodes and during the closing credits of the movie Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star.
After Growing Pains, he appeared in the film Milk and Fashion, in commercials for McDonald's "Dollar Menunaires" promotion shot as a parody of the VH1 series Best Week Ever, and as the star of the 1990 Hanukah episode of Shalom Sesame (an Israeli version of Sesame Street). He has also been spotted in Boys and Girls Guide To Getting Down. He appeared in a special celebrity team-up episode of Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?; he and his partner got through to the bonus round in the end (but failed to win the big prize). In the Family Guy episode "Not All Dogs Go to Heaven", he appears and tries to convince the other characters to buy him a case of Sudafed, but an animated version of his TV dad Alan Thicke appears, with his neck bobbling rapidly. He tells his son "Be-en! What have I told you about trading sexual favors for Sudafed?" He can be seen in four movies in 2009: Ditching Party, Never Have I Ever, The Fish and Tar Beach.
While promoting Start Fresh Recovery of Santa Ana, California in April 2014, Miller said he started drinking alcohol at age four. Miller states that he suffered from alcohol abuse for years, until he had an implant that released the drug Naltrexone into his system. In 2011, he became a spokesperson for Fresh Start Private Management Inc., the rehabilitation company that administered his treatment. Miller recorded radio ads with his own testimonial experience, which have aired on radio stations in the southern California market.
|1984||Punky Brewster||Jimmy||TV series，Season 1，Episode 8：Visit to the Doctor/Go to Sleep|
|1985||Deceptions||Mark Richards||TV movie|
|1985–92||Growing Pains||Ben Seaver||TV Series, 158 episodes
Young Artist Award for Best Young Supporting Actor in a New Television Series
|1985||The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show||Linus Van Pelt (voice)||TV Series, Season 2|
|1986||Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!||Linus van Pelt (voice)||TV short|
|1987||Shalom Sesame||Special Guest||TV series|
|1988||Snoopy!!! The Musical||Linus van Pelt (voice)||TV movie|
|1988||This Is America, Charlie Brown||Linus Van Pelt||TV mini-series，Season 1，Episode 2：The Birth of the Constitution|
|1992||Ghostwriter||Craig Mitchell||TV Series，Season 1，Episode 6-9|
|1993||Based on an Untrue Story||Jackie||TV movie|
|2000||Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders||Additional Voices (voice)||Direct to Video|
|2000||The Growing Pains Movie||Ben Seaver||TV movie|
|2004||Growing Pains: Return of the Seavers||Ben Seaver||TV movie|
|2006||Von's Room||Guest||TV Series|
|2007||Milk and Fashion||Jack|
|2009||Never Have I Ever||Glenn Brandis|
|2013||"8-Bit Animal Playhouse with Jason Mewes||The Engineer||TV Series|
|2015||"Pinky and the Fan Girls||TV Series|
At about age 14, Miller received numerous letters from an older male stalker during the run of Growing Pains.
- "Shalom Sesame Show 6: Chanukah [VHS]: Shalom Sesame Street: Movies & TV". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2015-11-22.
- "The Cast of 'Growing Pains:' Where Are They Now?". Fox News. 2008-12-18. Retrieved 2015-11-22.
- "'Growing Pains' star Jeremy Miller: I started drinking at age 4". Fox News. 2014-04-04. Retrieved 2015-11-22.
- "Blog - 'Growing Pains' Star Talks Life After Stardom". ET Canada. 2014-04-04. Retrieved 2015-11-22.
- "Fresh Start Private Management Inc. Brings Jeremy Miller From TV Show Growing Pains Aboard as Spokesperson". Marketwire.com. Retrieved 2015-11-22.
- "Show Me That Smile Again". TMZ.com. 2009-02-20. Retrieved 2015-11-22.
- "Growing Pains: 1985-1992 - Growing Pains, Where Are They Now?, Alan Thicke, Ashley Johnson, Jeremy Miller, Joanna Kerns, Kirk Cameron, Tracey Gold". People.com. 2000-06-26. Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2015-11-22.