Charles in Charge
Former teen idol Scott Baio rose to fame in the mid/late 1970s after he played the title role in his film debut, "Bugsy Malone" (1976; opposite Jodie Foster), and starred as Charles 'Chachi' Arcola (1977-1984) in the ABC popular sitcom "Happy Days." He gained even more popularity after starring in the "Happy Days" spin-off, "Joanie Loves Chachi" (reprised his role as Chachi; 1982-1983), as well as the CBS sitcom "Charles in Charge" (as the titular 19-year-old college student working as a live-in babysitter; 1984-1990), and the CBS drama "Diagnosis Murder" (as Dr. Jack Stewart; 1993-1995). Recently, he starred in his own reality show on VH1, "Scott Baio Is 45... and Single" (2007) and "Scott Baio Is 46... and Pregnant" (2008).
Meanwhile, the actor, who began acting at age 9, has continued to add to his resume roles in the films "Skatetown, U.S.A." (1979), "Foxes" (1980), "Zapped" (1982), "I Love N.Y." (1987), "Detonator" (1998), "Very Mean Men" (2000), "Dumb Luck" (2001), "The Bread, My Sweet" (2001), "Face to Face (2001), and "SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2" (2004).
The 5' 10½, brown-eyed youthful-looking actor, who received 5,000 letters every week from fans during his heyday as a teen idol, was one of TV Guide's “25 Greatest Teen Idols” (January 23, 2005 issue) and has been inducted into The Man Show Hall of Fame for his reputation of dating such women as Brooke Shields and Pamela Anderson. He also reportedly has dated such beautiful actresses as Erin Moran, Beverly D'Angelo, Lesley Ann Warren, Erika Eleniak, Nicole Eggert, Natalie Raitano, Nicollette Sheridan, Heather Locklear, and even Liza Minnelli, who is 15 years his senior. Baio once admitted that he was quietly banned from the Playboy mansion sometime in the late '80s as he had romanced each of that year's Playboy Playmates and then some, totaling 24.
Baio was once engaged to Janette Jonasson. He is now the husband of actress Renee Sloan, whom he married in December 2007. Baio has one daughter with Renee.
Childhood and Family:
The third child to Rose and Mario Baio (a personal manager), who emigrated from Italy, Scott Vincent James Baio was born on September 22, 1961, in Brooklyn, New York. His older siblings, Steven and Stephanie (twins), as well as his cousins, Jimmy Baio (born on March 15, 1962) and Joey Baio (born on July 24, 1953), also work in the industry. Jimmy acted in the TV series "Soap" while Joey appeared in the series "The Hero."
Baio attended Saint Bernadette Elementary School in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, New York, and Xaverian High School, in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York. He later graduated from North Hollywood High School, in Hollywood, California.
"Some people, I think, are born to do certain things, and [Renee]'s born to be a mother and I was born to just be a pain in the a** (laughs), and that's just the way it goes." Scott Baio
On December 8, 2007, Baio married his longtime girlfriend, actress Renee Sloan (born on December 24, 1972). They welcomed their first child together on November 2, 2007, a daughter named Bailey DeLuca Baio who was born five weeks premature. Renee also has an 18-year-old daughter named Kalyn from a previous relationship.
A former member of Young Americans for Freedom, Baio attended President Ronald Reagan's funeral at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California.
At the tender age of nine, Scott Baio performed small roles in commercials and did some voice-over work. At age 15, he tasted his first success when he beat out 2,000 other child actors to play the title role of a child gangster in writer/director Alan Parker's musical/child mobster film, “Bugsy Malone” (1976), opposite Jodie Foster. The film received general positive reviews and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Music, Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Best Adaptation Score.
Following his film acting debut, Baio retreated to television and became a regular in the "Happy Days" spin-off, "Blansky's Beauties" (1977), playing the leering Anthony DeLuca. This would lead him to play a regular role in the ABC popular sitcom "Happy Days," in which he was cast as Charles 'Chachi' Arcola, Fonzie's (played by Henry Winkler) younger cousin who became a love interest and eventually married Joanie (played by Erin Moran). He stayed on the show from 1977 until the show's end in 1984. For his work in "Happy Days," Baio won a Young Artist Award for Best Young Comedian - Motion Picture or Television and a TV Land Award for Most Wonderful Wedding that he shared with co-star Erin Moran. He was also nominated for Young Artist Award's Best Young Actor in a Television Series.
During his "Happy Days" stint, Baio starred in the short-lived NBC sitcom "Who's Watching the Kids" (1978), alongside Caren Kaye, Lynda Goodfriend, Jim Belushi and Anthony Kiedis. He was also spotted as a guest in the ABC sitcom "The Love Boat," ABC’s fantasy series "Fantasy Island," and the ABC prime-time soap opera based on the book by Arthur Hailey, "Hotel."
Additionally, he starred in the made-for-television movies "The Boy Who Drank Too Much" (1980) and "Senior Trip" (1981). He also played the lead roles in ABC’s Afterschool Special "Stoned" (1980, won a Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor in a Television Special), "Run, Don't Walk" (1981) and "All the Kids Do It" (1984).
Meanwhile, on the big screen, Baio could be seen in William A. Levey's movie "Skatetown, U.S.A." (1979), co-starring with Maureen McCormick as her friend Richie, and Adrian Lyne's cult classic "Foxes" (1980), where he was reunited with "Bugsy Malone" (1976) co-star Jodie Foster. He also starred in Robert J. Rosenthal's teen comedy "Zapped" (1982).
In 1982, Baio and "Happy Days" co-star Erin Moran starred in the short-lived ABC spin-off sitcom, "Joanie Loves Chachi," which follows the couple as they moved to Chicago and tried to break into the music scene. The show lasted for one year, but Baio's performance received praise and earned him a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Young Actor in a New Television Series. He also won a TV Land Award for Favorite Teen Dream – Male."
After "Happy Days" ended in 1984, Baio secured another TV series regular role in the CBS sitcom "Charles in Charge." Broadcasting from October 3, 1984, until July 24, 1985, the show went into syndication from January 3, 1987, until December 8, 1990.
Baio also guest starred in an episode of the hit ABC family sitcom "Full House," the syndicated series "Out of This World," and NBC’s sitcom "My Two Dads," as well as appeared in the TV movies "Alice in Wonderland" (1985) and "The Truth About Alex" (1986). He also played the lead role in Alan Smithee's independent drama/comedy movie, "I Love N.Y." (1987).
In 1991, Baio was featured alongside Mary Page Keller and George Clooney in the ABC sitcom loosely based on the popular "Look Who's Talking" movie series, "Baby Talk," playing James Halbrook. Afterward, from 1993 to 1995, he co-starred with Dick Van Dyke in the CBS medical crime drama television series "Diagnosis Murder," portraying Dr. Jack Stewart.
After his contract with "Diagnosis Murder" ended, Baio began hosting "Before They Were Stars" (1996) for ABC. The following year, he was to star in the Fox new sitcom called "Rewind," which unfortunately was axed two weeks before its premiere.
During this time, Baio also co-starred with Alexandra Paul in the TV movie version of Danielle Steel's novel, "Mixed Blessings" (1995) and was spotted as a guest in two episodes of the short-lived sitcom "Can't Hurry Love" and in an episode of CBS’ sitcom starring Fran Drescher, "The Nanny." He also returned to the silver screen in Garrett Clancy's independent action film "Detonator" (1998), playing the lead role of an ordnance specialist in the Army who makes extra money as a hitman.
Entering the new millennium, Baio starred in Tony Vitale's crime/comedy movie "Very Mean Men," alongside Charles Durning, Ben Gazzara, Matthew Modine, Martin Landau and Louise Fletcher, and in the comedic TV movie "Bar Hopping" (released in 2003; also starring Tom Arnold), in which he starred as one of a group of bar-goers in LA. He also appeared as a guest in two episodes of NBC’s sitcom starring Kirstie Alley, "Veronica's Closet."
2001 saw Baio starring in the films "Dumb Luck," Craig Clyde's film in which he played a divorced accountant father with a clever son (played by Bobby Edner), "Face Value," Michael Miller's drama/thriller in which he co-starred with Krista Allen and James Wilder, and "The Bread, My Sweet," Melissa Martin's romantic drama for which he won a San Diego Film Festival Award for Best Actor for his turn as a man who makes biscotti for his family's bakery. He also co-wrote and starred in Ellie Kanner's independent movie "Face to Face." That same year, TV viewers could catch him in an episode of CBS’ drama series "Touched by an Angel."
Baio then appeared in the TV commercial for Nick at Nite's “Charles In Charge” marathon and in a regional TV commercial with Mel Gibson for LASSO. After co-starring with Jon Voight in Bob Clark's last film, the 2004 comedy "SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2," he went back to the small screen and played a recurring role as the Bluths' new family attorney Bob Loblaw (2005) in the Fox character-driven sitcom "Arrested Development."
Baio was one of TV Guide's “TV's 25 Greatest Teen Idols” (January 23, 2005 issue). The following year, he starred as a lieutenant in the made-for-television movie "Van Stone: Tour of Duty" (2006). He also appeared as himself in the VH1 reality show "Scott Baio Is 45...and Single," which ran from July 15, 2007, to August 26, 2007. The show's second season, titled "Scott Baio Is 46...and Pregnant," began on January 13, 2008, and follows Baio as he copes with the fact that he is a first-time father at the age of 46.
Baio will appear as himself in an upcoming documentary about the life and tragic death of famed film director Bob Clark, "Clarkworld," helmed by Deren Abram. He will also star in a crime TV movie called "Redline."
TV Land: Most Wonderful Wedding, "Happy Days," 2006 (shared with Erin Moran)
TV Land: Favorite Teen Dream - Male, "Joanie Loves Chachi," 2004
San Diego Film Festival: Best Actor, "The Bread, My Sweet," 2002
Young Artist: Best Young Actor in a Television Special, "ABC Afterschool Specials: Stoned (#9.4)," 1982
Young Artist: Best Young Comedian - Motion Picture or Television, "Happy Days," 1982