Scott Baio is an American actor who is known for his role as Charles on the popular television show Charles in Charge.
Scott began playing David Hobbs on the Nick at Nite series See Dad Run in 2015. But, he is best known for his role of Chachi Arcola on the TV shows Joanie Loves Chachi and Happy Days.
He was born on September 22, 1960.
His parents were immigrants from Italy. Scott grew up as a first-generation American.
Baio decided to become an actor when he was 9 years old.
He attended Xaverian High School, in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NYC.
At 16, along with fellow child star Jodie Foster, Scott starred in the movie titled – ”Bugsy Malone.” In 2003, the movie was voted #19 on a list of the 100 greatest musicals. The film premiered at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival.
In 1980, Baio starred in a television film, named – ”The Boy Who Drank Too Much.” The film was initially broadcast on CBS. ”The Boy Who Drank Too Much” was about a high school hockey player who was struggling with alcoholism. It was based on a novel by Shep Greene.
In 1982, Scott was in a spin-off of ”Happy Days” named – ”Joanie Loves Chachi.” The series follows the exploits of Chachi and Joanie as they moved to Chicago.
In 2004, the actor participated in the making of Bob Clark’s film, entitled – ”Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2.” It reached third place at the 25th Golden Raspberry Awards for Worst Picture.
In 2005, TV Guide named the American actor as one of the greatest teen idols of all time.
In 2007, Scott starred in theVH1 celebrity reality series ”Scott Baio Is 45…and Single.” The 2nd season, ”Scott Baio Is 46…and Pregnant,” started on January 13, 2008.
He has gained a reputation for dating many high-profile actresses. He said:
”When I have a girlfriend, I feel caged in, I don’t know why.”
Some of the famous names Scott has dated include:
- Lesley Ann Warren;
- Pamela Anderson;
- Brooke Shields;
- Beverly D’Angelo;
- Nicollette Sheridan;
- Nicole Eggert;
- Denise Richards;
- Erika Eleniak;
- Natalie Raitano;
- Donya Fiorentino;
- Erin Moran;
- Melissa Gilbert;
- Liza Minnelli;
- Sheila Kennedy;
- Julie McCullough;
- Heather Locklear;
- Kay Lenz.
During an interview, Baio declared:
”I regret losing certain women, but it was always my fault.”
In 2007, Scott married Renee Sloan, an American actress who co-starred with Tony Todd in the film Murder-Set-Pieces.
In 2002, Sloan appeared in two Playboy documentaries:
- Inside the Playboy Mansion;
- Who Wants to Be a Playboy Centerfold?
Moreover, Renee was a body double for Pamela Anderson on Baywatch.
In June 2015, she was diagnosed with a meningioma brain tumor, a tumor which arises from a layer of tissue which covers the spine and brain.
Renee and Scott welcomed a daughter in November of 2007.
Baio said about his daughter:
”I cannot believe how much I love my kid. It’s a beautiful thing.”
Note – his daughter was tested false positive for a rare metabolic disorder. Therefore, to support families with children affected by GA-1 and draw attention to the issue, the couple established a foundation, named – the Bailey Baio Angel Foundation,
”You can tell five minutes into it what a girl is after.”
”I love driving cars, looking at them, cleaning and washing and shining them.”
”Life is too short no matter what party you are with.”
”I’ve been very fortunate and I am grateful.”
Nicole Eggert, an American actress, has claimed that Scott had sexually abused her as a minor. Nicole said:
“I was very young. It was shocking.”
Eggert later added:
“He was playing not only on my emotions, but my hormones and all of those things.”
Baio replied that he had a consensual sexual relationship with Nicole, however, it did not occur until the actress was 18 or 19.
He has also denied the allegations, declaring that it would have been “impossible” given the busy nature of their work atmosphere. Baio said:
“I don’t know if you’ve ever been on a sitcom set, but on any given day – on every day, especially Charles in Charge, which was like a picnic every day, it was one of my favorite jobs I’ve ever done – there’s teachers, parents, family, crew, producers, my dad.”
”So how any of this could have happened is absolutely impossible.”
Lisa Bloom, the attorney who represents Eggert in the case, said:
”We have been told that while the DA found Nicole and her witnesses to be credible.”
Bloom went on to say:
”They could not prosecute due to the statute of limitations.”
Alexander Polinsky, a former child star, also said that Baio sexually abused him on the set of “Charles in Charge.”
He sustained Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.
In 1986, Scott was offered the role of Maverick in the blockbuster ”Top Gun.” However, Baio turned it down, and the role went to Tom Cruise.
”Somebody asked me what do you regret. I said, well I was offered the role of Maverick in ‘Top Gun’ and I turned it down.”
Scott described Barack Obama as being:
“either dumb, a Muslim, or a Muslim sympathizer, and I don’t think he’s dumb.”
Upon Ronald Reagan’s death, Baio declared:
“President Reagan made me feel proud to be an American. Today, I feel sadness.”
He has described his politics as conservative and is a registered Republican.
Scott Baio – Net Worth
- See Dad Run;
- Happy Days.
At some point during “Happy Days,” Scott received approximately 5,000 letters per week from his fans.