‘The Descendants’ Director Kenny Ortega Honours The Late Cameron Boyce: He ‘Inspired Me Beyond Words’

Director Kenny Ortega received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday, but there was one notable absence.

“The Descendants” director paid his respects to young actor Cameron Boyce, who died on July 6 of an epileptic seizure at 20-years-old. “Lastly, I wanted to do a shoutout,” Ortega said at the conclusion of his Walk of Fame ceremony speech. “Cameron Boyce was so excited for me and wanted to be here.”

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“His all-too-brief appearance in this life inspired me beyond words, and many of us here and generations of kids and families all over the world,” the director continued. Ortega was also joined onstage by Boyce’s father, Victor Boyce, and the actor’s sister, Maya Boyce.

Kenny Ortega. Photo: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Kenny Ortega. Photo: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

“His extraordinary talent and loving heart will be remembered through his foundation — the Cameron Boyce Foundation,” Ortega said. “It’s been set up by his family to remember Cameron by continuing his pursuit to make a positive change in the world.”

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Kenny Ortega and Jennifer Grey. Photo: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Kenny Ortega and Jennifer Grey. Photo: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Ortega concluded his speech by reflecting on something Boyce once told him. “Cameron said, ‘We can’t take it with us, so it’s about what you leave,’” Ortega recalled. “And with this, I promise Cameron that I will carry this goodness with me in all the days of my life.”

Since Boyce’s passing, fellow actors like Sarah Jeffery and Sofia Carson have shared tributes to the young man.

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