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Also Known As: Joseph Cameron Finley Died:
Born: August 30, 1987 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Garland, Texas, USA Profession: actor

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The pint-sized star of the movie "Leave it to Beaver" (1997), Cameron Finley won the coveted title role as a result of a nationwide talent search conducted in seven major cities, involving 5,000 boys. Having worked professionally since the age of three when he landed his first commercial (for Shell Oil), Finley saw his first two feature films open three weeks apart in 1993, "A Perfect World," followed by "What's Eating Gilbert Grape," in which he played one of Mary Steenburgen's children. He portrayed a young Lane Frost (Luke Parry as a kid) in "8 Seconds" (1994) and made the first of his many appearances on TV that same year. Finley, who played a supporting part in "Hope Floats" (1998), starring Sandra Bullock and Harry Connick Jr, continues to live in Garland, Texas where his parents protect his normalcy as best they can.

The pint-sized star of the movie "Leave it to Beaver" (1997), Cameron Finley won the coveted title role as a result of a nationwide talent search conducted in seven major cities, involving 5,000 boys. Having worked professionally since the age of three when he landed his first commercial (for Shell Oil), Finley saw his first two feature films open three weeks apart in 1993, "A Perfect World," followed by "What's Eating Gilbert Grape," in which he played one of Mary Steenburgen's children. He portrayed a young Lane Frost (Luke Parry as a kid) in "8 Seconds" (1994) and made the first of his many appearances on TV that same year. Finley, who played a supporting part in "Hope Floats" (1998), starring Sandra Bullock and Harry Connick Jr, continues to live in Garland, Texas where his parents protect his normalcy as best they can.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 One True Love (2000) Corey
2.
 Three Secrets (1999) Spencer Garrison
3.
 Hope Floats (1998) Travis
4.
 Leave It to Beaver (1997) Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver
5.
 Don't Look Back (1996) Jeremy
6.
 Deadly Family Secrets (1995) Timothy Pick
7.
 8 Seconds (1994) Young Lane
8.
 What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993) Doug Carver
9.
 Perfect World, A (1993) Bob Fielder Jr
10.
 R.L. Stine's Ghosts of Fear Street (1998) Mickey Murphy
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Milestones close milestones

1990:
Appeared in Shell commercial at age of 3 (date approximate)
1998:
Cast as Sandra Bullock's son in "Hope Floats"
1997:
Debut in a leading role in features, played Theodore 'Beaver' Cleaver in "Leave it to Beaver"
1990:
Parents took him to an acting seminar near his Garland, Texas, home at age three (date approximate)
1994:
Played a young Lane Frost (Luke Perry as a kid) in "8 Seconds"
1993:
Three weeks later, "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" released; portrayed one of Mary Steenburgen's children
1994:
First appearance in an episode of a TV series, CBS' "Walker, Texas Ranger"
1993:
First feature film, "A Perfect World", released
1994:
TV miniseries debut, "John Jakes' Heaven and Hell: North and South, Part III"
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Notes

"He's got something special. He's much smaller than [original Beaver] Jerry Mathers. I bet he'll sprout, though." --Barabara Billingsly to PEOPLE, August 25, 1997

"He has a real intelligence, combined with the odd innocence of Beaver. He never lost his enthusiasm. He never got cranky or bored." --Director Andy Cadiff to PEOPLE, August 25, 1997

About his commercial for Shell Oil at age 3: "I got to laugh and fling mud pies at everyone. Cool job, and they paid me too. That's even better when they pay you to fling mud pies at people." --Cameron Finley in THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE, August 22, 1997

Family close complete family listing

father:
Chuck Finley. Software developer. Born c. 1961.
mother:
Lexa Finley. Homemaker. Born c. 1961.
brother:
Christopher Finley. Born c. 1984.
brother:
Taz Finley. Born c. 1989.
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