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Cameron Boyce
Cameron Boyce in october 2017.jpg
Boyce in 2017
Born(1999-05-28)May 28, 1999
DiedJuly 6, 2019(2019-07-06) (aged 20)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active2008–2019

Cameron Boyce (May 28, 1999 – July 6, 2019) was an American actor. After making his first acting appearance in a Panic! at the Disco music video, he made his film debut in Mirrors in 2008, and then went on to star as Luke Ross in Disney Channel's comedy series Jessie. He had also starred in feature films Eagle Eye, Grown Ups, and Grown Ups 2, and was also known for other roles such as Carlos in the Descendants television films and as Conor in Disney XD's comedy series Gamer's Guide to Pretty Much Everything. Boyce had also done voice acting for various works, such as Jake in Jake and the Never Land Pirates and Herman Schultz in Spider-Man.

On July 6, 2019, it was announced by family members that Boyce died at the age of 20 due to an epileptic seizure.[1]

Early and personal life

Boyce was born in Los Angeles, California, on May 28, 1999.[2][3] His father is of Afro-Caribbean and African-American descent. His mother is Jewish.[4][5] His paternal grandmother, Jo Ann (Allen) Boyce, was one of the Clinton Twelve, the first African-Americans to attend an integrated high school in the south, in 1956, as ordered by Brown v. Board of Education.[6]

Boyce lived in the Los Angeles area with his parents and his younger sister,[7] until he moved in with former co-stars Karan Brar and Sophie Reynolds in May 2019.[8] His favorite style of dance was breakdancing, and along with four of his friends, he was a member of the breakdancing crew "X Mob".[9]

In the span of 40 days in 2017, Boyce helped raise over $27,000 for the Thirst Project, which helps bring clean water to underdeveloped countries.[10] He also supported United Way's initiative to end homelessness. He helped raise money for the HomeWalk in 2015, and continued to do so up until the end of his life.[11] In May 2019, he participated in the opening ceremony of the 12th annual HomeWalk in downtown Los Angeles, one of the nation's largest public events to end homelessness.[12] Boyce also worked closely with It's On Us, a social movement created to raise awareness and fight against sexual assault on college campuses for both men and women. [13] His final humanitarian project was called Wielding Peace which was a social media campaign in conjunction with Delaney Tarr, co-founder of March For Our Lives. In Boyce’s own words, the campaign would help fight against gun violence by showing celebrities and survivors “wielding” a new kind of weapon — one of unity. [14]

Career

In May 2008, Boyce made his television debut in the Panic! at the Disco music video "That Green Gentleman (Things Have Changed)", appearing as a younger version of the guitarist Ryan Ross. In July 2008, he appeared in General Hospital: Night Shift as a recurring character named Michael.[15] In August 2008, he made his feature film debut with a starring role in the horror film Mirrors, as well as appearing in the mystery-thriller film Eagle Eye that fall.[16][17]

In June 2010, Boyce starred as Keith, the spoiled son of Adam Sandler's character, in the comedy film Grown Ups and appeared later that same year showing off his dance skills on the web series The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers.[18]

In April 2011, Boyce made a guest appearance on Disney Channel's comedy series Good Luck Charlie,[19] and later that month he was one of the featured dancers in a royal wedding tribute on ABC's Dancing with the Stars.[citation needed] In June 2011, he had a small role as one of Judy's classmates in the family comedy film Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer.[19] In August 2011, he was one of the featured dancers on Disney Channel's comedy series Shake It Up.[19] In September 2011, Boyce was cast in the starring role of Luke Ross on Disney Channel's comedy series Jessie.[20] During pre-production of the series, the role of Luke was originally intended to be a boy named Hiro adopted from Korea, but casting directors were impressed with Boyce during the audition process and ultimately decided to recreate the role specifically for him.[21][22]

In 2015, Boyce was one of the main cast in Disney Channel's Descendants, playing Carlos, the son of Cruella de Vil. He later reprised the character for the animated shorts Descendants: Wicked World and in the sequels Descendants 2 and Descendants 3, the latter of which will be released posthumously.

In March 2018, Boyce was cast in the ABC comedy television pilot Steps, in the role of Becker.[23]

In July 2018, Boyce was cast in the indie film Runt, in the role of Cal.[24]

In January 2019, Boyce joined the cast of HBO's Mrs. Fletcher.[25]

Death

According to a statement by Boyce's family, on July 6, 2019, Boyce died in his sleep at his home in Los Angeles "due to a seizure which was a result of an ongoing medical condition for which he was being treated".[2][26] An autopsy was performed, but release of a cause of death was deferred, "pending further investigation".[27] On July 9, 2019, Boyce's family confirmed that his death was caused by an epileptic seizure and that Boyce had previously been diagnosed with epilepsy.[1]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2008 Mirrors Michael Carson [19]
2008 Eagle Eye Sam Holloman [19]
2010 Grown Ups Keithie Feder [19]
2011 Game On Player Two Short film [19]
2011 Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer Hunter [19]
2013 Grown Ups 2 Keithie Feder [19]
TBA Runt Cal Post-production; posthumous release [28]

Television

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2008 General Hospital: Night Shift Michael "Stone" Cates, Jr. Recurring role [18]
2011 Good Luck Charlie Fake Gabe Duncan Episode: "The Singin' Dancin' Duncans" [19]
2011 Shake It Up Lil Highlighter Dancer Episode: "Throw It Up" [19]
2011–2015 Jessie Luke Ross Main role [19]
2012–2014 Jake and the Never Land Pirates Jake Main voice role (seasons 2–3) [18]
2014 Ultimate Spider-Man Luke Ross Voice role; episode: "Halloween Night at the Museum" [18]
2015–2017 Gamer's Guide to Pretty Much Everything Conor Main role [19]
2015 Liv and Maddie Krahgg Episode: "Prom-a-Rooney" [18]
2015 Descendants Carlos Television film [19]
2015–2017 Descendants: Wicked World Carlos Television shorts; main voice role [18]
2016 Bunk'd Luke Ross Episodes: "Luke's Back", "Luke Out Below" [18]
2016 Code Black Brody Episode: "Love Hurts" [18]
2017 Descendants 2 Carlos Television film [19]
2017 Spider-Man Shocker / Herman Schultz Voice role; episode: "Osborn Academy" [29][better source needed]
2019 Descendants 3 Carlos Upcoming television film; posthumous release [19]
2019 Mrs. Fletcher Zach Upcoming television series; posthumous release [19]
2019 Paradise City Simon Upcoming television series; posthumous release [28]

Web series and video games

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2010 Just Dance Kids Coach and background dancer Video game [citation needed]
2010 The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers Young Jasper Web series; episode: "Origins" [18]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2012 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble Cast Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer Won [30]
2018 Pioneering Spirit Award Inspirational efforts to support the fight against the world's water crisis Thirst Project Won [31]

References

  1. ^ a b McKenna Aiello (July 9, 2019). "Cameron Boyce's Family Confirms He Had Epilepsy as They Make "Agonizing" Funeral Plans". E! News. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Mark Osborne; Bill Hutchinson (July 7, 2019). "Disney Channel Star Cameron Boyce Dies at 20". ABC News. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  3. ^ Cameron Boyce (May 28, 2019). "Here I am abusing birthday privileges and not placing any value on how many times we revolve around the sun!!!!! Thanks for the birthday wishes, sending love back to everyone sending it to me today ❤️". Instagram. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  4. ^ Cameron Boyce Loves Fifth Harmony, Talks Hit Show Jessie & Looking for a GF!. PacificRimVideoPress. April 30, 2014. Retrieved July 11, 2019 – via YouTube.
  5. ^ "Cameron Boyce Talks Descendants 2, Biracialism & His Sister's First Boyfriend". RAW Pages. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  6. ^ Caitlin Keating (February 11, 2016). "Black History Month: Clinton 12, Jo Ann and Cameron Boyce". People. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
  7. ^ Farah Andrews (July 7, 2019). "Actor Cameron Boyce Dies, Aged 20". The National. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  8. ^ Cameron Boyce (May 14, 2019). "Now that we're officially roommates, I am officially Schmidt". Instagram. Retrieved July 12, 2019.
  9. ^ "Bios". Walt Disney Television Press. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  10. ^ Gabe Bergado (October 20, 2017). "Cameron Boyce on Descendants, Diversity in Hollywood, and Growing Up". Teen Vogue. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  11. ^ Cameron Boyce (October 31, 2014). "First 5 people to raise $500 or more, will get a PERSONAL SHOUTOUT! Make sure you go to unitedwayla.org/homewalk/ and donate to #TeamCameron thanks guys!!! #Homewalk". Instagram. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  12. ^ "12th Annual HomeWalk Raises $1.1 Million". The Los Angeles Independent. May 23, 2019. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  13. ^ Instagram, It's On Us. "Cameron Boyce was a friend to It's On Us and a strong supporter of the movement to stop campus violence. We are heartbroken to hear he is no longer with us. Sending our love to his family. ❤️". Instagram. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  14. ^ Guglielmi, Jodi. "Cameron Boyce's Loved Ones Plan to 'Uphold His Legacy' by Launching Social Media Campaign". MSN. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  15. ^ Kathryn Shattuck (August 12, 2008). "What's on Tonight?". The New York Times. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  16. ^ John P. Meyer (August 16, 2008). "Movie Review: Mirrors". Pegasus News. Archived from the original on October 3, 2013. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  17. ^ Jane Horwitz (October 3, 2008). "Family Filmgoer". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  18. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Cameron Boyce List of Movies and TV Shows". TV Guide. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  19. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Rebecca Rubin (July 7, 2019). "Disney Channel Star Cameron Boyce Dies at 20". Variety. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  20. ^ "Cameron Boyce Credits". MovieWeb. Archived from the original on October 14, 2013. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  21. ^ "Disney's New Show Jessie Casting Starring Roles". New Faces. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  22. ^ An Exclusive Interview with Cameron Boyce from Jessie. Pop Culture Passionistas. September 28, 2011. Retrieved July 11, 2019 – via YouTube.
  23. ^ Denise Petski (March 20, 2018). "Steps: Julie Hagerty & Cameron Boyce Cast in ABC Comedy Pilot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  24. ^ Amanda N'Duka (July 23, 2018). "Descendants Star Cameron Boyce to Topline Runt Indie Movie". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  25. ^ Nellie Andreeva (January 17, 2019). "Descendants Star Cameron Boyce Joins HBO Comedy Series Mrs. Fletcher". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  26. ^ Amy Forliti (July 7, 2019). "Actor Cameron Boyce Dies at Age 20". Associated Press. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  27. ^ Cydney Henderson (July 8, 2019). "Disney Star Cameron Boyce's Cause of Death Is Deferred "Pending Further Investigation"". USA Today. Retrieved July 9, 2019. Public Information Officer Sarah Ardalani said that the actor's cause of death has been deferred "pending further investigation" after an autopsy was completed Monday.
  28. ^ a b Nellie Andreeva (July 7, 2019). "Cameron Boyce: The Projects the Young Star Left Behind". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  29. ^ "Cameron Boyce". Behind the Voice Actors. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  30. ^ "33rd Annual Young Artist Awards – Nominations". Young Artist Awards. Archived from the original on April 4, 2012. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  31. ^ Jordyn Tilchen (July 8, 2019). "Cameron Boyce Wanted to Show People a "Blueprint" of How to Give Back". MTV News. Retrieved July 11, 2019.

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