September 22, 1960 (63)
Scott Baio is an American actor and television director best known for his roles in the television shows “Happy Days,” “Joanie Loves Chachi,” and “Charles in Charge.”
Baio made a splash on the entertainment scene with his portrayal of Chachi Arcola, first appearing in “Happy Days” and later co-starring in its spin-off, “Joanie Loves Chachi.” However, it was his role as Charles, a college student turned family caretaker, in “Charles in Charge” that firmly established him as a household name. The show ran for five seasons and allowed Baio to flex his comedic chops while showcasing his talent for carrying a series. Aside from acting, Baio expanded his skill set by directing episodes of various shows including “The Wayans Bros” and even his own series, “Charles in Charge.”
Throughout his career, Scott Baio has collaborated with numerous industry heavyweights. His time on “Happy Days” alone led to professional relationships with Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross, Tom Bosley, Erin Moran, and Anson Williams. Outside of “Happy Days,” Baio shared the screen with Willie Aames in “Charles in Charge.” He also worked with Nicole Eggert and Ellen Travolta, among others, in the same series. In addition, Baio had guest appearances alongside stars like Pamela Anderson in “Baywatch” and James Van Der Beek in “Dawson’s Creek.”
Baio’s work has been recognized with various forms of professional acknowledgement. Notably, he received two Young Artist Awards for his performances in “Happy Days” and “Charles in Charge.” He also earned a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for his work on the educational series “Stoner,” a show designed to encourage young viewers to say no to drugs. Furthermore, he was honored by the Young Artist Foundation’s Former Child Star Lifetime Achievement Award.