Growing Pains was a popular sitcom that aired on ABC from 1985 to 1992. It was the launching point for many stars like Alan Thicke, Joanna Kerns, Kirk Cameron and even Leonardo DiCaprio! The show followed the lives of the Seaver family which consisted of a dad, Jason, who works from home as a psychiatrist while his wife Maggie returns to work as a reporter, and their four kids! Similar to many other sitcoms, Growing Pains had a lot of guest stars over the course of seven seasons; many were just at the beginning of their career and have now gone on to become hugely successful stars! Here are 10 celebrities you probably forgot guest starred on Growing Pains!
10. Kelly Rowan
Before she became widely known as Kirsten Cohen on The O.C., Kelly Rowan guest starred on Growing Pains as Rachel, a single mom who watches the attention of Mike, in the episode “Daddy’s Mike” of season 6. Mike meets her after he attends a meeting for single parents with his friend Eddie. Their relationship doesn’t last long because he quickly begins to feel bad about lying to her about being a father.
9. Matthew Perry
After a guest role on Growing Pains as Sandy, he co-starred on one of the most popular television shows of all time — Friends. Matthew Perry is now best known for his long standing role as Chandler Bing, but before that he appeared on Growing Pains for three episodes as Carol Seaver’s boyfriend, Sandy. Perry was written off the show when his character got into a car accident after drinking and the producers felt it necessary to teach viewers a lesson about drinking and driving so they killed him off.
8. Leonardo DiCaprio
At the age of 16 Leonardo DiCaprio was already defining himself as a teen heartthrob when he appeared on Growing Pains between 1991 and 1992 in the recurring role of Luke Brower, a homeless teenager taken in by the Seaver family. His role came at the end of the series, right before his film career began to take off, but it was definitely clear, even in the early days of his career that he would make it big.
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