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Scott Vincent James Baio (/ˈb./; born September 22, 1960) is an American actor and television director. He is known for his role as Chachi Arcola on the sitcom Happy Days (1977–1984) and its spin-off Joanie Loves Chachi (1982–1983), as well as the title character on the sitcom Charles in Charge (1984–1990), Dr. Jack Stewart in the medical-mystery-drama series Diagnosis: Murder (1993–1995), and the titular hero of the musical film Bugsy Malone (1976), his onscreen debut.

Baio has further appeared in various television programs as a guest star, several independent films, and starred on the Nickelodeon sitcom See Dad Run (2012–2015). One of his most recent film roles is that of protagonist Stan Bobbins in Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 (2004), the final film of Bob Clark, which (as of June 2016) is at #3 on the IMDb Bottom 100 List.[2]

Early life

Baio was born in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City, the son of Mario Baio, who worked as his manager, and Rose, a homemaker.[3] He is of Italian descent.[4]

Career

In 1976, Baio played the title character Bugsy Malone in the cult children's gangster musical directed by Alan Parker, which also co-starred Jodie Foster. Baio and Foster later worked together again in the teen girl drama Foxes (1980), helmed by Adrian Lyne. When he was 16, Baio was cast as The Fonz's cousin Chachi Arcola on Happy Days. During his time on Happy Days, Baio earned two Emmy Award nominations, for his lead performances in the television movies Stoned (1981) and All the Kids Do It (1985). He won two Young Artist Awards during the Third Annual Youth in Film Awards (1980–1981) as Best Young Actor in a Television Special for Stoned and Best Young Comedian in Television or Motion Pictures for Happy Days. He also starred in the made-for-television youth drama specials The Boy Who Drank Too Much with Lance Kerwin and Senior Trip with Mickey Rooney.

In 1982, Baio was in a spin-off of Happy Days entitled Joanie Loves Chachi with Erin Moran, which lasted only seventeen episodes. That same year, he appeared opposite another popular teen actor, Willie Aames from the ABC series Eight Is Enough, in the 1982 film Zapped!, along with Heather Thomas and Felice Schachter, and recorded an album for RCA (he also recorded a second album The Boys Are Out Tonight the following year). During this same period, he also starred with Danny Aiello and undertook the lead role of Francis Geminiani in the special HBO cable television presentation of Gemini, an adaptation of the Broadway comedy-drama Happy Birthday, Gemini by the award-winning playwright Alberto Innauranto. From 1984 until 1990, Baio starred in the syndicated comedy series Charles in Charge. In 1985, he was part of an ensemble cast for Alice in Wonderland, where he portrayed Pat the Pig. From 1987 through 1991, he was a director of the children's comedy series Out of This World.

During the 1990s, Baio appeared in various television programs, including the short-lived Look Who's Talking small screen spin-off Baby Talk. In 1991, he joined Diana Muldaur and Ally Walker in the NBC Monday Night Movie Perry Mason and the Case of the Fatal Fashion, as a young prosecutor. Between 1993 and 1995, he portrayed Dr. Jack Stewart in the medical mystery series Diagnosis: Murder starring Dick Van Dyke. Baio was a guest-star on many series, including Full House, Touched by an Angel, Veronica's Closet and The Nanny. He was also in a number of television series and commercials. He also starred in several films on television and video releases such as Detonator, Bar-Hopping, Dumb Luck, Face Value and Danielle Steel's Mixed Blessings.

Baio's other movies include the independent films Very Mean Men (2000), Face to Face (2001) and The Bread, My Sweet (2001). Very Mean Men was a comedy directed by Tony Vitale about a mob war between two families. Baio served as a co-producer with his older brother Steven on said film, and even played the crucial role of impetuous crime scion Paulie Minnetti, who unwittingly instigates the crime feud.

Face to Face (renamed Italian Ties) was a comic drama directed by Ellie Kanner about three young men (Scott Baio as Richie, Thomas Calabro as Philly, and Carlo Imperato as Al) who kidnap their emotionally distant fathers for a weekend of genuine bonding. Baio co-wrote the screenplay with Jeffrey L. Gurian. The movie won the Audience Prize for Best Comedy at the Marco Island Film Festival, the Silver Screen Accolade in the Reno Film Festival, and the 10 Degrees Hotter Best Feature Award during The Valley Film Festival.

The Bread, My Sweet (retitled A Wedding for Bella) was a romance film directed by Melissa Martin and produced by Adrienne Wehr. Baio portrayed Dominic Pyzola, a corporate raider during the day, and a pastry chef at night. He earned three Best Lead Actor prizes in the Atlantic City Film Festival, the Kansas City Halfway to Hollywood Film Festival and the San Diego Film Festival. The movie itself collected top accolades from the Santa Monica, Stony Brook, Marco Island, Houston World Festival, and Iowa Hardacre Film Festival.

2004 saw Baio participate in the making of Bob Clark's final feature film, Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 (2004). Though the film was universally panned by critics[5] and nominated for four Razzie Awards, Baio had a highly positive experience making the film. In the documentary Clarkworld (2009), he described how he realized during production that Clark was the director/co-writer/co-producer of A Christmas Story (1983). Upon learning this, he immediately approached Clark and silently hugged him, much to Clark's astonishment.[6]

In 2005, Baio played himself in the Wes Craven film Cursed. Baio was also in the Emmy Award-winning comedy series Arrested Development as the madcap Bluth family's serious but overpaid lawyer, Bob Loblaw (pronounced similar to "Ba-bla-bla", a running joke). He took over the role of the clan's legal counselor from former Happy Days co-star Henry Winkler in four episodes: "Forget Me Now", "Notapusy", "Mr. F" and "Making a Stand". The Online Film and Television Association nominated him as Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.

In August 2006, Baio was formally invited by the AIA Actors Studio to discuss his professional experiences in television and movies. He talked about his own acting career plus his recent forays into writing, directing and producing. In 2007, Baio starred in the successful VH1 celebrity reality series Scott Baio Is 45...and Single and its successor the following year, Scott Baio Is 46...and Pregnant. Baio was also the co-host of the VH1 reality show Confessions of a Teen Idol, in which former teen idols attempt to resurrect their careers.[7]

Baio is the star and producer of the Nick at Nite situation comedy See Dad Run, a show about a former actor's life as a stay-at-home-dad. The show debuted on October 6, 2012. Happy Days creator/producer Garry Marshall was a guest star in a November 2013 episode. That same month, Baio appeared as a guest star in the television program Sam & Cat (broadcast on Nickelodeon, the sister channel of Nick at Nite) as the police officer that arrested the girls.[8][9]

Personal life

In 2001, Baio and then-girlfriend, Jeanette Jonsson, got engaged and were still discussing marriage in 2005.[10]

In 2007, shortly after the birth of their daughter, Baio married then 34 year old Renee Sloan, whom he had met in the 1990s at the Playboy Mansion.[2] Baio is stepfather to Renee's daughter, Kayln, born in 1989. In July 2007, he told E!: Entertainment Television's Ted Casablanca that they were expecting a baby girl in December. Initially pregnant with twins, Renee lost one of the babies at 11 weeks gestation.[2] Their daughter, Bailey, was born in 2007, five weeks premature. After testing false positive for a rare metabolic disorder,[13] the family started the Bailey Baio Angel Foundation to provide financial support to other families who are dealing with metabolic disorders.[2] Renee Baio was diagnosed with a meningioma brain tumor in June 2015.[2]

He is cousin to former actor Jimmy Baio, and second cousin to Vampire Weekend band member Chris Baio.

Political views

Baio has voiced that his politics are conservative. He is a registered Republican.[2]

Baio campaigned for Ronald Reagan in his youth[2] and also attended Reagan's state funeral.[2] The New York Daily News published Michelle Caruso's article "A Goodbye as the Sun Sets in the West" (June 12, 2004) which mentioned Baio, who had been seated near former UK Prime Minister Lady Thatcher. In the article, he was quoted saying "President Reagan made me feel proud to be an American. Today, I feel sadness."[2]

In April 2010, Baio posted a controversial political statement on his Twitter account. His posting, "Taxes are DONE...That should feed, house & provide medical for a few lazy non working people at my expense. Have a great Monday!" was picked up by the blog Jezebel, and the heated web-based discussion between Baio, his wife, the Jezebel.com authors, Jezebel readers and Baio fans received outside coverage.[2][3][3]

In 2012, Baio endorsed Mitt Romney for president.[3] In 2016, Baio endorsed Donald Trump.[3] In an interview with Ashley Webster, Baio opined regarding President Barack Obama that he couldn't tell "whether he's dumb, he's a Muslim or he's a Muslim sympathizer, and I don't think he's dumb."[26]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1976Bugsy MaloneBugsy 
1979Skatetown, U.S.A.Richie 
1980FoxesBrad 
1982Zapped!Barney Springboro 
1987I Love N.Y.Mario Cotone 
1998DetonatorZack Ramses 
2000Very Mean MenPaulie MinettiAlso associate producer
2001A Wedding for BellaDominicFormerly titled The Bread, My Sweet
2001Italian TiesRichieAlso writer; formerly titled Face to Face
2002Face ValueBarry Rengler 
2003Dumb LuckSteve Hitchcock 
2004Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2Stan Bobbins 
2005CursedHimself 

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1977Blansky's BeautiesAnthony DeLuca13 episodes
1977–84Happy DaysChachi Arcola130 episodes
1977The Love BoatGraham D. Pickrel IIEpisode: "Ex Plus Y/Golden Agers/Graham and Kelly"
1978The RunawaysTommyEpisode: "No Prince for My Cinderella"
1978–79Who's Watching the Kids?Frankie 'the Fox' Vitola11 episodes
1979Fantasy IslandRob 'Robbie' CollinsEpisode: "Amusement Park/Rock Stars"
1980The Boy Who Drank Too MuchBuff SaundersMovie
1980Goodtime GirlsTommyEpisode: "Growing Pains"
1980Here's BoomerRonaldEpisode: "Overboard"
1980ABC Afterschool SpecialJack MelonEpisode: "Stoned"
1980Senior TripRoger EllisMovie
1982GeminiFrancis GeminianiMovie
1982–83Joanie Loves ChachiChachi ArcolaLead role (17 episodes)
1983HotelNick TomasinoEpisode: "Faith, Hope & Charity"
1984CBS Schoolbreak SpecialBuddy ElderEpisode: "All the Kids Do It"
1984–90Charles in ChargeCharlesLead role (126 episodes); also director, 36 episodes, writer, 1 episode
1985The Fall GuyMerrick ThorsonEpisode: "Femme Fatale"
1985Alice in WonderlandPat the pigMovie
1986The Truth About AlexBrad StevensMovie
1988My Two DadsScott CameoEpisode: "She'll Get Over It"
1988–89Out of This WorldScott Gold / Prince Cornelius3 episodes; also director, 11 episodes
1989Full HousePete BiancoEpisode: "Dr. Dare Rides Again"
1991Perry Mason: The Case of the Fatal FashionAsst. D.A. Peter WhelanMovie
1991–92Baby TalkJames Halbrook23 episodes; also director, 1 episode
1993Jack's PlaceWoody B. KingEpisode: "The Hands of Time"
1993–95Diagnosis MurderDr. Jack Stewart41 episodes
1995Mixed BlessingsCharlie WinwoodMovie
1996Can't Hurry LoveMatt2 episodes
1997RewindRob DiPaulo1 episode aired
1998The NannyDr. Frankie CresitelliEpisode: "Rash to Judgment"
2000Veronica's ClosetKevin2 episodes
2000Bar HoppingDamianMovie
2001Touched By an AngelFrank McCoveyEpisode: "A Death in the Family"
2005–13Arrested DevelopmentBob Loblaw5 episodes
2006Van Stone: Tour of DutyLt. PerryMovie
2008Scott Baio Is 45...and SingleHimselfReality (8 episodes)
2008Finish LineFrank ChaseMovie
2009Confessions of a Teen IdolHimself/host8 episodes
2012–15See Dad RunDavid Hobbs55 episodes; also executive Producer, 45 episodes
2014Sam & CatOfficer KelvinEpisode: "#MagicATM"
2014A Fairly Odd SummerFoopMovie

Director

YearSeriesEpisode(s)
1987–90Charles in Charge36 episodes
1989–91Out of This World11 episodes
1989The New Lassie"Dangerous Party"
1992Baby Talk"Warren Piece"
1991The Family Man"A Tiny Advantage"
1991Harry and the Hendersons"Halloween"
1992Baby Talk"Warren Piece"
1993Shaky Ground3 episodes
1995Kirk 
1996The Wayans Bros.4 episodes
1996–97The Jamie Foxx Show5 episodes
1997Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher"Pain in the Schneck"
1998Guys Like Us 
1998Malcolm & Eddie"Silenced Partner"
1998Unhappily Ever After"I Know What You Did in the Closet"
1998The Parkers"Three's a Shag"

 

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