Saturday, January 22, 2011

Tracey Gold who played Carol Seaver on the TV show Growing Pains

Tracey Gold was born Tracey Claire Fisher on May 16, 1969 in New York, New York.  She is best known for playing Carol Seaver on the TV show Growing Pains.


Tracey Gold as Carol Seaver in the TV show "Growing Pains"

Tracey got her start doing Pepsi ads in magazines and such.  However, in 1976 she managed to land a role as Rosemary Armagh  in the mini-series "Captains and the Kings" co-starring Richard Jordan, Harvey Jason, Robert Vaughn, Jane Seymour, Patty Duke, Blair Brown, and Cynthia Sikes.  A year later Gold landed another mini-series role as Young missy reynolds in "Roots" co-starring LeVar Burton, Louis Gossett Jr., Vic Morrow, Olivia Cole, Ralph Waite, Ed Asner, Sandy Duncan, Lloyd Bridges, Leslie Uggams, Lynda Day George, Robert Reed, Richard Farnsworth, and John Amos.


In 1978 Tracey would star in a short film "A Rainy Day" co-starring Mariette Hartley, Collin Wilcox Paxton, Roberta Newman, Robert Walden, and Peggy Rea.  That same year she would star in yet another mini-series "The Dark Secret of Harvest Home" co-starring Bette Davis, David Ackroyd, Rene Auberjonois, Rosanna Arquette, Michael O'Keefe, and Donald Pleasence.

Tracey would go on to star in "Night Cries" co-starring Susan Saint James, Michael Parks, William Conrad, Jamie Smith-Jackson, and James Keane (1978); and "Little Mo" co-starring Michael Learned, Anne Baxter, Anne Francis, Glynnis O'Connor,  Martin Milner, Claude Akins, Mark Harmon, and Leslie Nielsen (1978).

She would guest star in her first regular TV series "Quincy M.E." in 1978 which starred Jack Klugman, Robert Ito and John S. Ragin.  Tracey would then a year later, get her own role on a TV show as Michelle Miller on the short lived series "Shirley" co-starring Shirley Jones, Rosanna Arquette, Peter Barton, and Bret Shryer.



Tracey Gold (left) and the cast of "Shirley"

During her run on "Shirley", Tracey would also star in "The Incredible Journey of Doctor Meg Laurel" co-starring Lindsay Wagner, Jane Wyman, Gary Lockwood, Andrew Duggan, Brock Peters, Peggy Walton-Walker, and James Woods (1979); "Eight Is Enough" starring Dick Van Patten, Lani O'Grady, Susan Richardson, Laurie Walters, Adam Rich, Dianne Kay, Connie Needham, Grant Goodeve, and Willie Aames; "Jennifer: A Woman's Story" co-starring Elizabeth Montgomery, Bradford Dillman, Scott Hylands, and Kate Mulgrew (1979); "The Child Stealer" co-starring Beau Bridges, Blair Brown, David Groh, Cristina Raines, Lauri Hendler, and Marj Dusay (1979); "CHiPs" starring Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox, Robert Pine, Brodie Greer, Randi Oakes, and Brianne Leary (1979); and "Fantasy Island" starring Ricardo Montalban, Hervé Villechaize, Scott Baio (1979).

After "Shirley", Gold appeared in "Here's Boomer" starring Betty Beaird, John Reilly, Todd Bridges, and Raymond Singer (1980); "Marilyn: The Untold Story" co-starring Catherine Hicks, Richard Basehart, Frank Converse, Jason Miller, and Sheree North (1980); "A Few Days in Weasel Creek" co-starring John Bellah, Robert Carnegie, Richard Farnsworth, Colleen Dewhurst, Mare Winningham, and Johnnie Collins III (1981); "Father Murphy" starring Merlin Olsen, Katherine Cannon, Timothy Gibbs, and Moses Gunn (1982); "Shoot the Moon" starring Albert Finney, Diane Keaton, Peter Weller, Dana Hill, Karen Allen, Viveka Davis, and Tina Yothers (1982); "Beyond Witch Mountain" co-starring Eddie Albert, Andy Freeman, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., and Noah Beery Jr. (1982); and "The Phoenix" starring Judson Earney Scott, Richard Lynch, and E.G. Marshall (1982).



Tracey Gold in her early years of television

In 1983 Tracey landed another series role as Susan Barnes on "Goodnight, Beantown" co-starring Bill Bixby (Matt Cassidy), Mariette Hartley (Jennifer Barnes), and Jim Staahl (Frank Fletcher).  The series lasted 2 seasons and ended in 1984. 

During her run on "Goodnight, Beantown", Tracey starred in "Another Woman's Child" with Linda Lavin, Tony Lo Bianco, Doris Roberts, Joyce Van Patten, Jenny O'Hara, Cheryl Anderson, and Michael Alldredge (1983); "Who Will Love My Children?" co-starring Ann-Margret, Frederic Forrest, Cathryn Damon, Donald Moffat, Soleil Moon Frye, Rachel Jacobs, and Cady McClain (1983); and another visit to "Fantasy Island" starring Ricardo Montalban, Hervé Villechaize, Cristina Ferrare, and Michelle Phillips (1983).

After "Goodnight, Beantown" Tracey appeared in "Trapper John, M.D." co-starring Pernell Roberts, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Gregory Harrison, and Charles Siebert (1984); and "A Reason to Live" co-starring Rick Schroder, Peter Fonda, Deidre Hall, and Bruce Weitz (1985).

It was in 1985 that Tracey landed the role of Carol Seaver in the TV show "Growing Pains" co-starring Alan Thicke (Dr. Jason Seaver), Joanna Kerns (Maggie Seaver), Jeremy Miller (Ben Seaver), Ashley Johnson (Chrissy Seaver), Kirk Cameron (Mike Seaver), Andrew Koenig (Richard 'Boner' Stabone), and Leonardo DiCaprio (Luke Brower).  Tracey played the role for nearly the full run of the show until it ended in 1992.  She missed some episodes at the end due to her struggle with an eating disorder.



Tracey Gold as Carol Seaver in the TV show "Growing Pains" in the early years
The cast of "Growing Pains" Front: Alan Thicke (Dr. Jason Seaver), Joanna Kerns (Maggie Seaver) Back: Jeremy Miller (Ben Seaver), Tracey Gold (Carol Seaver), Kirk Cameron (Mike Seaver)
Tracey Gold circa late 1980s

During her run on "Growing Pains", Tracey also starred in "Lots of Luck" with Martin Mull, Annette Funicello, Fred Willard, Polly Holliday, Christina Nigra, Hamilton Camp, and Mia Dillon (1985); "Benson" starring Robert Guillaume, James Noble, Inga Swenson, and Missy Gold who happens to be Tracey's sister (1985); voice work in the animated film "The Blinkins" co-starring Louise Chamis, Henry Gibson, Burgess Meredith, and Carrie Swenson as well as sisters Missy and Brandy Gold (1986); "The Best of Times" co-starring Robin Williams, Kurt Russell, Pamela Reed, Donald Moffat, and Kirk Cameron (1986); "Dance 'Til Dawn" co-starring Christina Applegate, Tempestt Bledsoe, Brian Bloom, Kelsey Grammer, Alyssa Milano, Alan Thicke, Matthew Perry, and Mary Frann (1988);  and host of "DuckTales: The Movie Special" (1990).



Tracey Gold circa late 1980s
Tracey Gold then

Tracey Gold circa 1980s
Tracey Gold then

After her run on "Growing Pains", Tracey starred in "Labor of Love: The Arlette Schweitzer Story" co-starring Ann Jillian, Bill Smitrovich, Diana Scarwid, and Frances Sternhagen (1993); "For the Love of Nancy" co-starring Jill Clayburgh, Cameron Bancroft, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Deanna Milligan, Glynis Davies, and William Devane (1994); "Sleep, Baby, Sleep" co-starring Kyle Chandler, Missy Crider, Karla Tamburrelli, and Joanna Cassidy (1995); "Lady Killer" co-starring Judith Light, Jack Wagner and Ben Masters (1995); "Beauty's Revenge" co-starring Courtney Thorne-Smith, Kyle Secor and Stephen Fanning (1995); and "Stolen Innocence" Thomas Calabro, Bess Armstrong, Nick Searcy, Terence Knox and Amanda Detmer (1995).



TraceyGold, Jill Clayburgh, and William Devane in "For the Love of Nancy" a drama about a girl battling anorexia, a subject that she knew all to well. 1993
Tracey Gold then


In the later half of the '90s, Gold starred in "A Kidnapping in the Family" with Kate Jackson, Robert Bishop, Laura Harris, and Jeff Yagher (1996); "Face of Evil" co-starring Perry King, Shawnee Smith, Don Harvey, Brigitta Dau, Nicole Prescott, and Mireille Enos (1996); "The Perfect Daughter" co-starring Bess Armstrong, Michael Shulman, Mark Joy, and Kerrie Keane (1996);  "Diagnosis Murder" starring Dick Van Dyke, Barry Van Dyke, Victoria Rowell, and Charlie Schlatter (1996); "To Face Her Past" co-starring Patty Duke, David Ogden Stiers, James Brolin, and Gabrielle Carteris (1996); "Dirty Little Secret" co-starring Jack Wagner, Mary Page Keller, and Belinda Montgomery (1998); "Touched by an Angel" starring Roma Downey, Della Reese and John Dye (1998); "Promised Land" Gerald McRaney, Wendy Phillips, Celeste Holm, and Austin O'Brien (1998); "The Girl Next Door" co-starring Tom Irwin, Michael Dorn, and Sharon Gless (1998); "Wanted" co-starring Michael Sutton, Timothy Busfield, Justin Berfield, and Robert Culp (1999); and "A Crime of Passion" co-starring Powers Boothe, Kelly Rowan, Rodney Rowland, Kerrie Keane, David Chokachi, and Jessie Gold (1999).



Tracey Gold then
Tracey Gold circa mid 1990s

Tracey Gold circa 1990s

Tracey started off the new millennium appearing in "Chicken Soup for the Soul" (2000); "Stolen from the Heart" co-starring Lisa Zane, Barbara Mandrell, and William R. Moses (2000); "The Growing Pains Movie" co-starring Alan Thicke, Joanna Kerns, Jeremy Miller, Ashley Johnson, and Kirk Cameron (2000); "She's No Angel" co-starring Kevin Dobson, Cameron Bancroft, Michelle Jones, and Dee Wallace (2001); "What's the Worst That Could Happen?" co-starring Martin Lawrence, Danny DeVito, Glenne Headly, John Leguizamo, Carmen Ejogo, Bernie Mac, Sascha Knopf, and Siobhan Fallon (2001); "Wildfire 7: The Inferno" co-starring Alexander Walters, Ellen Dubin, Joanna Cassidy, Jana Mitsoula, and Woody Jeffreys (2002); "Stephen King's Dead Zone" starring Anthony Michael Hall, Nicole de Boer, Chris Bruno, and David Ogden Stiers (2003); "Growing Pains: Return of the Seavers" co-starring Alan Thicke, Joanna Kerns, Jeremy Miller, Ashley Johnson, Kirk Cameron, and Chelsea Noble (2004); and "Captive Hearts" co-starring Robin Givens, Chris Kramer, Anne Openshaw, and Greg Evigan (2005);


Front: Ashley Johnson (Chrissy Seaver) Back: Kirk Cameron (Mike Seaver), Tracey Gold (Carol Seaver), Alan Thicke (Dr. Jason Seaver), Joanna Kerns (Maggie Seaver)  Jeremy Miller (Ben Seaver). The cast of "The Growing Pains Movie"  2000


Tracey Gold in 2003

In the later half of the new millennium, Gold appeared in "Trapped in TV Guide" starring Lee Reherman, Kira Soltanovich, Julia Lea Wolov, Dana Goodman, and Kelly Sprick (2006); "Safe Harbor" co-starring Steve Bacic, Stacy Grant, Mitchell Kosterman, Scott Heindl, and Lucia Walters (2006);  "Final Approach" co-starring Dean Cain, Anthony Michael Hall, Sunny Mabrey, Lea Thompson, William Forsythe, and Ernie Hudson (2007); "Sight Unseen" co-starring Paul Christie, Andrew Francis, Laura Mennell, and Jerry Wasserman (2008); and "Solar Flare" co-starring Michelle Clunie, Chris Brochu, and Kasan Butcher (2008).



Tracey Gold in 2006

Tracey Gold in 2006

With productions in the works for 2011 such as "Your Love Never Fails" co-starring John Schneider, Tom Skerritt, Elisa Donovan, and Victoria Pratt, we will be seeing plenty more of Tracey Gold in the future.  She is working on "The Tracey Gold Project" a documentary to help those with eating disorders.


Tracey Gold now
Today Tracey Gold is still acting and is also a mother of two



7 comments:

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    1. In a heart beat! Hell, she'd never be allowed to leave the bedroom, let alone the bed!!!

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  2. So would I if she were still single.

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  3. Are you guys serious? That's all you can say about an accomplished Actress? She probably wouldn't give any of you the time of day,and there are good chances none of you even have girl friends

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  4. Tracy grew up to be a very talented beautiful woman, she did have some real life growing pains of her own but haven't we all. Here's to Growing Pains they make us who we are.

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  5. She was a little sweet pie 12-17-2012 that was pretty damn crude and I'm a guy.

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