For more than 30 years, Scott Baio has been a beloved actor, successful producer, writer and director. From child actor to teen idol to adult superstar, Baio has stolen the hearts of women all around the globe.
Born in Brooklyn, New York on Sept. 22, 1960, Baio’s parents decided to send him to auditions after his cousins Joey and Jimmy Baio broke into television commercials and minor sitcom acting. Before he knew it, he was landing small parts and eventually had his big break in 1976 when he was cast as the lead in the youthful gangster film “Bugsy Malone.” Due to his early acting career, Scott never graduated from North Hollywood High School.
Baio is best known for his roles as Chachi Arcola on “Happy Days” and “Joanie Loves Chaci,” as well as Charles on the hit 1980s sitcom “Charles in Charge.” At the height of “Happy Days” fame, Baio received around 5,000 letters each week from adoring fans, sealing his role as influential teen superstar. His New York accent and windblown hair along with tight blue jeans became Chachi Arcola’s trademark and the look that Scott Baio would be remembered for forever.
Post Chachi in the 1980s, Baio delved into some deeper and more dramatic television roles, typically playing troubled teens. He was cast as a shy teen who became involved with marijuana in the award-winning “Stoned,” an “ABC Afterschool Special.” Baio also starred as an alcoholic teenager in the CBS film “The Boy Who Drank Too Much” and played a hemophiliac in NBC’s “Senior Trip!”