Scott Baio

Scott Baio
Born Scott Vincent James Baio
(1960-09-22) September 22, 1960
New York, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor, television director
Years active 1971–present
Religion Christianity
Spouse(s) Renee Sloan-Baio (m. 2007)
Children 1 daughter, 1 stepdaughter

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 (19771984) and its spin-off Joanie Loves Chachi (19821983), as well as the title character on the sitcom Charles in Charge (19841990), Dr. Jack Stewart in the medical-mystery-drama series Diagnosis: Murder (19931995), 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 (20122015).

Early life

Baio was born in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City, the son of Rose, a homemaker, and Mario Baio, who worked as his manager.[1] He is of Italian descent.[2]


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). One of the singles he released was titled "How Do You Talk To Girls." 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[3] 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.[4]

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.[5]

Baio was 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.[6][7]

Personal life

In 2001, Baio and then-girlfriend, Jeanette Jonsson, got engaged and were still discussing marriage in 2005.[8]

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.[9] 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.[10] Their daughter, Bailey, was born in 2007, five weeks premature. After testing false positive for a rare metabolic disorder,[11] the family started the Bailey Baio Angel Foundation to provide financial support to other families who are dealing with metabolic disorders.[12] Renee Baio was diagnosed with a meningioma brain tumor in June 2015.[13]

He is cousin of former actor Jimmy Baio, and first cousin once-removed of Vampire Weekend band member Chris Baio.[14]

Political views

Baio is a registered Republican and has described his politics as conservative.[15] He campaigned for Ronald Reagan in his youth and attended Reagan's state funeral, when he was seated near former UK Prime Minister Lady Thatcher.[16][17] In 2004, he was quoted by the New York Daily News as saying "President Reagan made me feel proud to be an American. Today, I feel sadness."[18]

More recently, Baio endorsed Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney in 2012[19] and Donald Trump in 2016. Also in 2016, he spoke at the opening night of the Republican National Convention.[20]

In an interview with Ashley Webster, Baio described President Barack Obama as being "either dumb, a Muslim, or a Muslim sympathizer, and I don't think he's dumb".[21]



Year Title Role Notes
1976 Bugsy Malone Bugsy
1979 Skatetown, U.S.A. Richie
1980 Foxes Brad
1982 Zapped! Barney Springboro
1987 I Love N.Y. Mario Cotone
1998 Detonator Zack Ramses
2000 Very Mean Men Paulie Minetti Also associate producer
2001 A Wedding for Bella Dominic Formerly titled The Bread, My Sweet
2001 Italian Ties Richie Also writer; formerly titled Face to Face
2002 Face Value Barry Rengler
2003 Dumb Luck Steve Hitchcock
2004 Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 Stan Bobbins
2005 Cursed Himself


Year Title Role Notes
1977 Blansky's Beauties Anthony DeLuca 13 episodes
1977–84 Happy Days Chachi Arcola 130 episodes
1977 The Love Boat Graham D. Pickrel II Episode: "Ex Plus Y/Golden Agers/Graham and Kelly"
1978 The Runaways Tommy Episode: "No Prince for My Cinderella"
1978–79 Who's Watching the Kids? Frankie 'the Fox' Vitola 11 episodes
1979 Fantasy Island Rob 'Robbie' Collins Episode: "Amusement Park/Rock Stars"
1980 The Boy Who Drank Too Much Buff Saunders Movie
1980 Goodtime Girls Tommy Episode: "Growing Pains"
1980 Here's Boomer Ronald Episode: "Overboard"
1980 ABC Afterschool Special Jack Melon Episode: "Stoned"
1980 Senior Trip Roger Ellis Movie
1982 Gemini Francis Geminiani Movie
1982–83 Joanie Loves Chachi Chachi Arcola Lead role (17 episodes)
1983 Hotel Nick Tomasino Episode: "Faith, Hope & Charity"
1984 CBS Schoolbreak Special Buddy Elder Episode: "All the Kids Do It"
1984–90 Charles in Charge Charles Lead role (126 episodes); also director, 36 episodes, writer, 1 episode
1985 The Fall Guy Merrick Thorson Episode: "Femme Fatale"
1985 Alice in Wonderland Pat the pig Movie
1986 The Truth About Alex Brad Stevens Movie
1988 My Two Dads Scott Cameo Episode: "She'll Get Over It"
1988–89 Out of This World Scott Gold / Prince Cornelius 3 episodes; also director, 11 episodes
1989 Full House Pete Bianco Episode: "Dr. Dare Rides Again"
1991 Perry Mason: The Case of the Fatal Fashion Asst. D.A. Peter Whelan Movie
1991–92 Baby Talk James Halbrook 23 episodes; also director, 1 episode
1993 Jack's Place Woody B. King Episode: "The Hands of Time"
1993–95 Diagnosis Murder Dr. Jack Stewart 41 episodes
1995 Mixed Blessings Charlie Winwood Movie
1996 Can't Hurry Love Matt 2 episodes
1997 Rewind Rob DiPaulo 1 episode aired
1998 The Nanny Dr. Frankie Cresitelli Episode: "Rash to Judgment"
2000 Veronica's Closet Kevin 2 episodes
2000 Bar Hopping Damian Movie
2001 Touched By an Angel Frank McCovey Episode: "A Death in the Family"
2005–13 Arrested Development Bob Loblaw 5 episodes
2006 Van Stone: Tour of Duty Lt. Perry Movie
2008 Scott Baio Is 45...and Single Himself Reality (8 episodes)
2008 Finish Line Frank Chase Movie
2009 Confessions of a Teen Idol Himself/host 8 episodes
2012–15 See Dad Run David Hobbs 55 episodes; also executive Producer, 45 episodes
2014 Sam & Cat Officer Kelvin Episode: "#MagicATM"
2014 A Fairly Odd Summer Foop Movie


Year Series Episode(s)
1987–90 Charles in Charge 36 episodes
1989–91 Out of This World 11 episodes
1989 The New Lassie "Dangerous Party"
1992 Baby Talk "Warren Piece"
1991 The Family Man "A Tiny Advantage"
1991 Harry and the Hendersons "Halloween"
1992 Baby Talk "Warren Piece"
1993 Shaky Ground 3 episodes
1995 Kirk
1996 The Wayans Bros. 4 episodes
1996–97 The Jamie Foxx Show 5 episodes
1997 Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher "Pain in the Schneck"
1998 Guys Like Us
1998 Malcolm & Eddie "Silenced Partner"
1998 Unhappily Ever After "I Know What You Did in the Closet"
1998 The Parkers "Three's a Shag"


  1. Jones, Oliver (July 23, 2007). "Scott Baio the Man Who Can't Commit". People. 68 (4). Retrieved December 4, 2013.
  2. "Baio: Square, and proud of it". UPI. September 7, 1984. Retrieved December 4, 2013.
  3. Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 at Rotten Tomatoes
  4. Clarkworld at Amazon Video
  5. Confessions of a Teen Idol VH1 Page
  6. Kimberly Nordyke (November 9, 2013). "'Happy Days' Reunion: Scott Baio, Garry Marshall on Getting Back Together for 'See Dad Run'". The Hollywood Reporter. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 10, 2013.
  7. "Ariana Grande: 'So Much Fun' Filming Sam & Cat With Scott Baio". Yahoo! News. Yahoo – ABC News Network. November 8, 2013. Retrieved November 10, 2013.
  8. "Baio's Fiancee Mistook Him For A Waiter". Retrieved August 25, 2004.
  9. Jones, Oliver (December 8, 2007). "Scott Baio Marries Longtime Girlfriend – Weddings, Scott Baio". Retrieved June 1, 2012.
  10. "Introducing Bailey DeLuca Baio – Showbiz News & Celebrity Gossip". Retrieved June 1, 2012.
  11. "Scott Baio — Interview". ABILITY Magazine. Aug–Sep 2013.
  12. Scott Baio on His Delicious Daughter Celebrity Baby Blog, January 29, 2009
  13. "Scott Baio's wife diagnosed with brain tumor". June 19, 2015. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
  14. "Vampire Weekend's Scott Baio Connection Revealed". June 18, 2012. Retrieved August 6, 2016.
  15. "40 Celebrities Who Are Republicans". November 2, 2010. Retrieved June 1, 2012.
  16. Jefferson, T. "Baio and Beck". Glenn Beck. Mercury Radio Arts. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  17. WENN. "Scott Baio attended Ronald Reagan's funeral". Baseline. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  18. "A Goodbye As Sun Sets In West Children fondly recall his kindness & quirks". Daily News. New York. June 12, 2004.
  19. "Newspaper Endorsements Should Stick to Local Races and Stop Endorsing Presidential Candidates". Huffington Post. October 3, 2012.
  20. "Scott Baio gets last-minute prime-time role at Trump's RNC". NY Post. June 18, 2016.
  21. Michael Harthorne, Newser, Jun 18, 2016, Next Story Scott Baio: Obama Might Be a Muslim Who Wants to 'Eliminate' US -- This is what happens when you have Chachi on Fox Business, Retrieved June 20, 2016, "...Obama is either dumb, a Muslim, or a Muslim sympathizer...."

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