Thursday, September 29, 2011

Chachi from Happy Days played by Scott Baio

Scott Baio was born September 22, 1960 in Brooklyn, New York.  He is well known for playing the role of Chachi Arcola, "The Fonz's" cousin in the TV show Happy Days.  He is also famous for the role of Charles in the TV show Charles In Charge.


Scott Baio then

Baio's film debut was a big one.  In 1976, he landed the lead role in the cult musical Bugsy Malone.  He co-starred with Jodie Foster, Florrie Dugger, Martin Lev, John Cassisi, and Paul Murphy.



Scott Baio landed his first film role in Bugsy Malone 1976

The following year, Scott landed his first TV role as Anthony DeLuca  in Blansky's Beauties co-starring Nancy Walker (Nancy Blansky), Caren Kaye (Bambi Benton), Pat Morita (Arnold), Eddie Mekka (Joey DeLuca), and Johnny Desmond (Emilio). The show would only last one year.

It was in 1977 that Scott Baio made his TV debut as Chachi Arcola, the cousin of Arthur "The Fonze" Fonzarell and Joanie Cunningham's love interest on the TV comedy Happy Days. He co-starred with
Ron Howard (Richie Cunningham), Don Most (Ralph Malph), Anson Williams (Potsie Weber), Henry Winkler (Arthur Fonzarelli aka 'Fonzie'),   Marion Ross (Marion Cunningham), Tom Bosley (Howard Cunningham), Al Molinaro (Al Delvecchio), Pat Morita (Arnold), Erin Moran (Joanie Cunningham), and Lynda Goodfriend (Lori Beth).  Later the cast would be joined by Ted McGinley (Roger Phillips) and Cathy Silvers (Jenny Piccalo) as Ron Howard and Donny Most left the show.  He would play the recurring role off and on for 130 episodes until the show ended in 1984.


Some of the "boys" from Happy Days, left to right Scott Baio (Chachi Arcola), Anson Williams (Potsie Weber), Ron Howard (Richie Cunningham), Henry Winkler (Arthur Fonzarelli aka 'Fonzie') and Don Most (Ralph Malph)
Scott Baio during his latter Happy Days era
Cast of Happy Days in the early years - Front: Scott Baio (Chachi Arcola), Erin Moran (Joanie Cunningham), Tom Bosley (Howard Cunningham) 2nd row:  Lynda Goodfriend (Lori Beth), Ron Howard (Richie Cunningham), Henry Winkler (Arthur Fonzarelli aka 'Fonzie') Back: Marion Ross (Marion Cunningham), Don Most (Ralph Malph), Anson Williams (Potsie Weber), and Al Molinaro (Al Delvecchio)

During his part-time gig on Happy Days, Scott would go on to appear in TV shows such as
The Love Boat starring  Gavin MacLeod, Lauren Tewes, Bernie Kopell, Fred Grandy, Jill Whelan, Ted Lange  and Kristy McNichol (1977); and The Runaways starring Michael Biehn, Alan Feinstein, James T. Callahan, and Patti Cohoon (1978).


Scott Baio and co-guest star on The Love Boat, Kristy McNichol

In 1978, Baio landed another TV series role as Frankie "the Fox" Vitola in Who's Watching the Kids co-starring Caren Kaye (Stacy Turner), Marcia Lewis (Mitzi Logan), Tammy Lauren (Melissa Turner), Lynda Goodfriend (Angie Vitola), James Belushi (Bert Gunkel), and Larry Breeding (Larry Parnell).  This show too would only last one season.

The cast of Who's Watching the Kids  Front: Scott Baio(Frankie Vitola), Tammy Lauren (Melissa Turner), Lynda Goodfriend (Angie Vitola)  Back: James Belushi (Bert Gunkel), Maricia Lewis (Mitzi Logan) and Larry Breeding (Larry Parnell)

He would continue on appearing film and shows such as
Fantasy Island with Ricardo Montalban, Hervé Villechaize and Carol Lynley (1979); Skatetown, U.S.A. co-starring Flip Wilson, Maureen McCormick, Ron Palillo, Ruth Buzzi, Patrick Swayze, Greg Bradford, Billy Barty, David Landsberg, and Katherine Kelly Lang (1979); The Boy Who Drank Too Much co-starring Lance Kerwin, Stephen Davies, Ed Lauter, Mariclare Costello, and Toni Kalem (1980); Foxes co-starring Jodie Foster, Cherie Currie, Marilyn Kagan, Kandice Stroh, Randy Quaid, Sally Kellerman, and Lois Smith (1980); Goodtime Girls starring Annie Potts, Lorna Patterson, Georgia Engel, Marcia Lewis, Francine Tacker, Merwin Goldsmith, Adrian Zmed, and Peter Scolari (1980); Here's Boomer starring a dog who traveled the country helping people (1980); Senior Trip co-starring Faye Grant, Mickey Rooney, Randy Brooks, Jeffrey Marcus, Peter Coffield, and Jane Hoffman (1981); and Gemini co-starring Danny Aiello, Anne De Salvo, John Cassisi, Eve Gordon, Sheree North, and Eric Schiff (1982).

Jimmy and Scott Baio with Ricardo Montalban on the set of Fantasy Island 1979


Scott Baio was quite the teen sex symbol back in the day

In 1982, Baio expanded his role of Chachi Arcola to his own show called Joanie Loves Chachi. He co-starred with Erin Moran (Joanie Cunningham), Al Molinaro (Al Delvecchio), Ellen Travolta (Louisa Arcola Delvecchio), Derrel Maury (Mario), Robert Pierce (Bingo), and Winifred Freedman (Annette).  The show was short lived and ended in 1983.  Followed a year later by Happy Days having had a great run on TV for 10 years.



Erin Moran (Joanie Cunningham) and Scott Baio (Chachi Arcola) extended their Happy Days roles to the show Joanie Loves Chachi
Cast of Happy Days in the later years - Front: Erin Moran (Joanie Cunningham)Anson Williams (Potsie Weber), Henry Winkler (Arthur Fonzarelli aka 'Fonzie'), Cathy Silvers (Jenny Piccalo), Ted McGinley (Roger Phillips) Back: Scott Baio (Chachi Arcola), Al Molinaro (Al Delvecchio)Lynda Goodfriend (Lori Beth), Marion Ross (Marion Cunningham), and Tom Bosley (Howard Cunningham) 

Before these shows would end however, Baio appeared in the film Zapped! co-starring Willie Aames, Robert Mandan, Scatman Crothers, Felice Schachter, Heather Thomas, Roger Bowen, Mews Small, and Hilary Beane (1982); and Hotel starring James Brolin, Connie Sellecca, Shari Belafonte, Heidi Bohay, Nathan Cook, Shea Farrell, Michael Spound, Anne Baxter, Harry George Phillips, and Michael Yama (1983).


Scott Baio, Willie Aames, and Heather Thomas in Zapped! 1982

Also, during this time period Scott dabbled in the music business by releasing 2 albums a self titled debut in 1982 and Boys Are Out Tonight in 1983.

Scott Baio's self titled debut album was released in 1982
Scott Baio's album cover Boy Are Out Tonight 1983

After Happy Days, Baio immediately landed the title role in the TV show Charles in Charge.  He co-starred with Willie Aames (Buddy Lembeck), Nicole Eggert (Jamie Powell), Josie Davis (Sarah Powell), Ellen Travolta (Lillian), James T. Callahan (Walter Powell), and Alexander Polinsky (Adam Powell).  Scott played the role of Charles for six years until the show ended in 1990.


Scott Baio starred in the TV show Charles in Charge

During his run on Charles In Charge, Baio would also appear in movies and shows such as The Fall Guy starring Lee Majors, Douglas Barr, Markie Post, and Heather Thomas (1985); Alice in Wonderland co-starring Natalie Gregory, Sheila Allen, Sharee Gregory, Sherman Hemsley, Charles Dougherty, Red Buttons, Billy Braver, Shelley Winters, Donald O'Connor, Sammy Davis Jr., Ernie F. Orsatti, Robert Axelrod, and Martha Raye (1985); The Truth About Alex co-starring Peter Spence, Jessica Steen, Tim Burd, J. Winston Carroll, Jeremy Ratchford, and Kelly Rowan (1986); I Love N.Y. co-starring Christopher Plummer, Kelly Van der Velden, Jerry Orbach, Jennifer O'Neill, and Virna Lisi (1987); My Two Dads starring Paul Reiser, Greg Evigan, Staci Keanan, and Florence Stanley (1988); Out of This World starring Donna Pescow, Maureen Flannigan, Burt Reynolds, Christina Nigra, Doug McClure, and Joe Alaskey (3 episodes, 1988-89); and Full House starring Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier, Jodie Sweetin, Candace Cameron Bure, Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen, Lori Loughlin, and Andrea Barber (1989).



Scott Baio and the cast of Charles in Charge

After Charles In Charles ended, Baio continued on, appearing in Perry Mason: The Case of the Fatal Fashion starring Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, Valerie Harper, William R. Moses, Diana Muldaur, Robert Clohessy, and Ally Walker (1991).

It was in 1991 that Baio landed the role of James Halbrook in the TV show Baby Talk  also starring (not necessarily at one time) Tony Danza (Mickey Campbell), Paul Jessup (Mickey Campbell), Ryan Jessup (Mickey Campbell), Mary Page Keller (Maggie Campbell), Polly Bergen (Doris Campbell), Francesca P. Roberts (Anita Craig), Alicia Johnson (Danielle Craig), Celicia Johnson (Danielle Craig), and Vernee Watson-Johnson (Danielle Craig), and Julia Duffy (Maggie Campbell).  He played the role for 23 episodes.  During the entire run of the show which was short lived, cast members kept changing and only lasted a year.



Scott Baio was one of the actors who played Mickey Campbell in the short lived TV show Baby Talk

After Baby Talk in 1993, Scott appeared on the show Jack's Place starring John Dye, Finola Hughes and Hal Linden.  It was later that year when Baio landed another series role.  This time playing the role of Dr. Jack Stewart in the TV show Diagnosis Murder.  He co-starred with Dick Van Dyke (Dr. Mark Sloan), Barry Van Dyke (Steve Sloan), Victoria Rowell (Amanda Bentley-Livingston), and Michael Tucci (Norman Briggs).  Scott played the role of Dr. Stewart for 41 episodes until he left the show in 1995.



Scott Baio (2nd from right) and the cast of Diagnosis Murder


After Diagnosis Murder, Baio went on to appear in shows and movies such as Mixed Blessings co-starring Gabrielle Carteris, James Naughton, Bruce Greenwood, Julie Condra, Bruce Weitz, Alexandra Paul, Bess Armstrong, Barbara Tyson, and Sarah Strange (1995); Can't Hurry Love starring Nancy McKeon, Mariska Hargitay, Mariska Hargitay, and Kevin Crowley (2 episodes, 1996); Rewind co-starring Mystro Clark, McKenna Jones, Christine Taylor, Chris Edwards, DeJuan Guy, and Milo Ventimiglia (1997); The Nanny starring Fran Drescher, Charles Shaughnessy, Nicholle Tom, Daniel Davis, Madeline Zima, and Renée Taylor (1998); and Detonator co-starring Charlene Tilton, Don Stroud, Rick Dean, Shannon Bruce, and Emile Levisetti (1998).

Baio started off the new millinium starring in Bar Hopping co-starring Tom Arnold, Linda Favila, Anson Downes, Nicole Sullivan, Linda Graybel, Jack Kyle, and J.C. Brandy (2000); Veronica's Closet starring Kirstie Alley, Kathy Najimy, Daryl Mitchell, Dan Cortese, and Wallace Langham (2 episodes, 2000); Very Mean Men co-starring Matthew Modine, Martin Landau, Burt Young, Ben Gazzara, Billy Drago, Charles Durning, Louise Fletcher, Idalis DeLeon, Leigh Allyn Baker, and Jack McGee (2000); Touched by an Angel starring Roma Downey, Della Reese and John Dye (2001); A Wedding for Bella aka The Bread, My Sweet co-starring Kim Martin, John Seitz, Shuler Hensley, Zachary Mott, Rose Bray, Jennie Martin, John Bechtol, and Rosemary Prinz (2001); and Italian Ties aka Face to Face co-starring Jim Cody Williams, Mädchen Amick, Jonathan Banks, Doug Ballard, Shari Eckert, Thomas Calabro, Soren Fulton, Cordila Jochim, and Dean Stockwell (2001).


Scott Baio in the film Face Value 2002

In 2002, Scott starred in Face Value co-starring Krista Allen, Sandra Hess, Richard Whiten, Tracey Walter, James Wilder, Michael Dorn, and Todd Susman; Dumb Luck co-starring Tracy Nelson, Bobby Edner, Richard Moll, Hal Linden, Todd Bridges, Joey Miyashima, Eileen Brennan, and Dustin Breau (2003); Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 co-starring Jon Voight, Vanessa Angel, Skyler Shaye, Peter Wingfield, and Justin Chatwin (2004); Arrested Development starring Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Will Arnett, Portia de Rossi, Alia Shawkat, David Cross, Tony Hale, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, and Ron Howard (4 episodes, 2005); Van Stone: Tour of Duty co-starring Timothy A. Bennett, Phillip Gramm, Laraine Newman, and Travis Draft (2006); and Finish Line co-starring Sam Page, Taylor Cole, Dan Lauria, Timilee Romolini, Ian Reed Kesler, and Marc Gomes (2008).



Scott Baio in 2006
Scott Baio in 2007

After a 2 year hiatus, Baio returned to appear in The Kelsey Grammer Bill Zucker Comedy Hour co-starring Kelsey Grammer, Bill Zucker, Lydia Cornell, Mario Bosco, Nicole Andrews, Amiée Conn, Rosemarie Griffin, and Paula LaBaredas (2010).



Scott Baio in 2009


Scott will be on the big screen in the near future with Devils Inside currently in production.  He will co-star with William Forsythe, Brittney Powell, Emilio Rivera, Thomas Calabro, Maria Zyrianova, Danny Del Toro, Anita Leeman, and Christiana Leucas.  The film is scheduled to be released in 2012.


2 comments:

  1. Very informative, well done !!!

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  2. i wish u the best! hope you and yr kids and wife are blessed! evanconagher.

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