After Cameron Boyce’s tragic death due to health complications in July 2019, the internet was flooded with celebrities who wanted to pay tribute to the star. Actors, singers, dancers and comedians he’d worked with over the years all loved him and shared beautiful words about what an amazing kid he was and what an incredible adult he’d grown into. In honor of what would have been his 21st birthday — we’re reviewing many of his past roles. Check out the gallery below to learn about all the projects that Cameron was a part of.
Panic! At The Disco’s “That Green Gentleman” (2008)
One of Cameron’s first roles was starring in a music video for the pop punk band. You can spot him on the bottom left as he plays a young version of band member Ryan Ross as he discovers the rest of his bandmates inside a series of Russian nesting dolls.
Next, he tackled the terrifying role of Michael Carson in Mirrors, a Kiefer Sutherland-led horror flick. Playing the action hero’s son, his character and the rest of their family were hunted by dark reflections of themselves.
Seems like scary was little Cameron’s thing! After Mirrors came Eagle Eye, an action-packed flick that saw him as Michelle Monaghan‘s son. By threatening his life, unseen forces coerce Michelle’s character into teaming up with Shia LaBeouf‘s leading man.
After the two blockbusters films, Cameron landed his first role on a TV show as Stone on the General Hospital spin-off. His character had his fair share of medical issues as part of the soap opera, but was most notably diagnosed with autism by Dr. Robin Scorpio, the ex-girlfriend of the uncle he was named after.
Playing one of Adam Sandler and Salma Hayek‘s two sons in the funny flick, Cameron had the chance to act alongside some of the kings and queens of comedy — and his future Disney Channel costar China Anne McClain, who played Chris Rock‘s daughter.
Look out, Disney Channel, here he comes! The first time the actor appeared on the network, you might not have recognized him as the animated character, but he held down the titular role for a few years as his character brushed elbows with Captain Hook and Peter Pan.
His next foray on Disney Channel came in an episode of Good Luck Charlie called “The Singin’ Dancin’ Duncans,” where he played a performer hired to pretend to be Gabe and had a chance to show off his tap dancing skills.
Later that year, he landed a starring spot on his own show as Luke Ross, the mischievous adopted son under the care of a young nanny played by Debby Ryan. The role brought him close with his TV brother Karan Brar as they acted alongside each other and made occasional guest appearances in Disney crossover episodes.
The comedy sequel saw the gang all back together again, this time a couple of years older. Cameron continued to hold his weight against the adults, even cracking jokes about the ’80s taking place “way back” in the 1900s.
Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything (2015-2017)
Days before the premiere of his most well-known role in Descendants, Cameron kicked off his third starring role on a Disney show with his role as Conor in Gamer’s Guide, where he plays a pro video game player sent back to high school after a thumb injury takes him out of the competition.
Just a few months before he finished up his time with Jessie, the actor stepped into his next Disney dynasty, playing Carlos De Vil, the predictably evil son of 101 Dalmations villain Cruella De Vil. But Carlos, as it turns out, wasn’t actually so bad, and audiences fell in love with the ~underdog~ as quickly as he fell in love with dog Dude.
Who didn’t want more of Carlos after that showing? The movie was soon followed by an animated TV show where Cameron lent his voice to the sidekick role as Dove Cameron and Sofia Carson‘s Mal and Evie took center stage.
The actor returned to his hospital-drama roots in an episode of the CBS show called “Love Hurts.” Playing troubled kid Brody, he’s brought in to the hospital with all manner of injuries — and doctors aren’t sure if they can trust his story about how he got them.
After Descendants became a smash hit, Disney announced a sequel — but first, Cameron stepped back into his role as Carlos for a special musical performance at Disneyland where they transformed “Rotten to the Core” into a holiday song called “Jolly to the Core.”
Carlos was hardly a baddie in the first flick, but by the second, he’d pretty much shed all signs of villainy despite being one of the VKs, a.k.a. Villain Kids. Together with the rest of his crew, they take on the evil Uma, Ursula’s daughter.
As Herman Schultz, a.k.a. Shocker, Cameron’s character is new to Osborn Academy in the Spider-Man episode named after the school. Not unlike Carlos, Herman also has some villainous tendencies he may have to learn to keep under control.
Over a decade after he got his start, Cameron began to revisit music videos with the Hailey Knox song. The singer and actor played a couple that was falling apart as the lyrics told a story of vulnerability and breakups.
The VKs ratchet the action up a few notches in the third film in the series, once again facing off against Uma as well as Hades, Lord of the Underworld, after attempting to give more villain kids the chance to move to Auradon and learn to be good.
Descendants 3 may be the first project to come out after Cameron’s death, but it won’t be the last. The star also worked on Paradise City, a spin-off of the 2017 movie American Satan. The triple threat takes another turn for the musical while playing a rocker in a band.