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Scott Vincent James Baio (; born September 22, 1960 or 1961) is an American actor. He is known for his role as Chachi Arcola on the
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'' (1977–1984) and its spin-off '' Joanie Loves Chachi'' (1982–1983), and for playing the title character on the sitcom '' Charles in Charge'' (1984–1990), Dr. Jack Stewart in the medical-mystery-drama series '' Diagnosis: Murder'' (1993–1995), and the titular hero of the
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'' Bugsy Malone'' (1976), his onscreen debut. Baio has guest-starred on various television programs, appeared in several
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s, and starred on the
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sitcom ''
See Dad Run
See Dad Run
'' (2012–2015).


Early life

Baio was born in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of the
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of New York City, the son of Italian immigrants from Castellammare del Golfo,
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, Italy; Rose, a homemaker, and Mario Baio, who worked as his manager. He graduated from Xaverian High School.


Career

In 1976, Baio played the title character '' Bugsy Malone'' in the children's gangster musical directed by
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, which also co-starred Jodie Foster. Baio and Foster later worked together again in the teen girl drama ''Foxes (film), Foxes'' (1980), helmed by Adrian Lyne. When he was 16, Baio was cast as Fonzie, The Fonz's cousin Chachi Arcola on ''
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''. During his time on ''Happy Days'', Baio earned two Emmy Award nominations, for his lead performances in the television movies ''Stoned (TV special), Stoned'' (1981) and ''All the Kids Do It'' (1985). He won two Young Artist Awards during the Third Annual Youth in Film Awards (1980–1982) 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'' and ''Senior Trip (TV film), Senior Trip''. In 1982, Baio was in a Spin-off (media), spin-off of ''Happy Days'' entitled '' Joanie Loves Chachi'' with Erin Moran, which ran for 17 episodes. That same year, he appeared in the 1982 film ''Zapped!'' and recorded an album for RCA (he also recorded a second album ''The Boys Are Out Tonight'' the following year), including the single "How Do You Talk To Girls." During this same period, he also starred as Francis Geminiani in the special HBO presentation of ''Gemini'', an adaptation of the Broadway comedy-drama ''Happy Birthday, Gemini''. From 1979 to 1984, Baio made seven appearances on ''Battle of the Network Stars''; six as a competitor for the ABC team (once as team captain) and one as co-host. 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 (1985 film), 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 (American TV 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 (TV series), Baby Talk''. In 1991, he appeared 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''. Baio was a guest-star on a variety of series, including ''Full House'', ''Touched by an Angel'', ''Veronica's Closet'' and ''The Nanny''. He also starred in several films on television and video releases such as ''Detonator'', ''Bar-Hopping'', ''Dumb Luck'', ''Face Value'' and ''Mixed Blessings (film), Mixed Blessings''. Baio's other movies include the independent films ''Very Mean Men'' (2000), ''Face to Face'' (2001) and ''A Wedding for Bella, The Bread, My Sweet'' (2001). ''Very Mean Men'' was a comedy about a mob war between two families. Baio served as a co-producer with his older brother Steven on the film, and played the role of crime scion Paulie Minnetti. ''Face to Face'' (renamed ''Italian Ties'') is a comic drama about three young men (including Baio as Richie) who kidnap their emotionally distant fathers for a weekend of bonding. Baio co-wrote the screenplay with Jeffrey L. Gurian. The movie won 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 a Best Lead Actor prize at the San Diego Film Festival. In 2004, Baio starred in ''Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2'' with Bob Clark. The film was widely panned by critics and nominated for four 25th Golden Raspberry Awards, Razzie Awards. In 2005, Baio played himself in the Wes Craven film ''Cursed (2005 film), Cursed''. Baio also appeared in ''Arrested Development (TV series), Arrested Development'' as the Bluth family's serious but overpaid lawyer, Bob Loblaw taking over the role from former ''Happy Days'' co-star Henry Winkler in four episodes. Online Film Critics Society, The Online Film and Television Association nominated him as Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for the role. In 2007, Baio starred in the 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. Baio starred in and produced the Nick at Nite situation comedy ''
See Dad Run
See Dad Run
'', which ran for three seasons. That same year, Baio guest starred in an episode of ''Sam & Cat'' as a police officer who arrests the girls.


Personal life

In 2001, Baio became engaged to his girlfriend Jeanette Jonsson. In 2007, shortly after the birth of their daughter, Baio married 34-year-old Renée Sloan, whom he met in the 1990s at the Playboy Mansion. Baio is stepfather to Renée's daughter Kalyn, born in 1989. In July 2007, he told E!, E!: Entertainment Television's Ted Casablanca that they were expecting a baby girl in December. Initially pregnant with twins, Renée lost one of the babies in the 11th week of her pregnancy. Their daughter, Bailey, was born in 2007, five weeks premature. After the child tested false positive for a rare metabolic disorder, the family started the Bailey Baio Angel Foundation to provide financial support to other families who are dealing with metabolic disorders. Renée Baio was diagnosed with a meningioma brain tumor in June 2015, another one later, and was diagnosed with Microangiopathy, cerebral microvascular disease in October 2017. He is a cousin of former actor Jimmy Baio, and first cousin once-removed of Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio.


Political views

Baio is a registered Republican Party (United States), Republican and has described his politics as conservatism in the United States, conservative. He campaigned for Ronald Reagan in his youth and attended Death and state funeral of Ronald Reagan, Reagan's state funeral. Upon Reagan's death in 2004, he was quoted by the Daily News (New York), New York ''Daily News'' as saying, "President Reagan made me feel proud to be an American. Today, I feel sadness." Baio endorsed Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney in 2012 United States presidential election, 2012 and Donald Trump in 2016 United States presidential election, 2016. Also in 2016, he spoke at the opening night of the 2016 Republican National Convention, Republican National Convention. 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". On December 15, 2016, Baio accused Nancy Mack, wife of Chad Smith, drummer for Red Hot Chili Peppers, of physically assaulting him at their children's elementary school function. Baio claims Mack began berating and cursing him over his support of Trump and at one point attacked him, grabbing him under his arms and then shaking and pushing him. Mack said she was merely trying to show Baio how Trump hugs women and denies any intentional physical aggression. On August 26, 2017, Baio re-Twitter, tweeted a Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting conspiracy theories, Sandy Hook "truther" meme, insinuating that the recent Unite the Right rally#Vehicular attack and homicide, death of Heather Heyer and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Sandy Hook shooting were linked hoaxes.


Sexual misconduct allegations

On January 29, 2018, sexual misconduct allegations made by Nicole Eggert against Baio resurfaced. Eggert first made the allegations on the Nik Richie Radio show in 2013 and then repeated them on her Twitter account and on ''The Dr. Oz Show''. She claimed that Baio child molestation, molested her for three years beginning when she was 14, and that when she was 17, she had intercourse with him. Baio has denied the allegations. He contends that he had sexual relations with Eggert only once, and that the encounter occurred after she had turned 18. Baio pointed to Eggert's own words to Nik Richie as proof that he had not had sexual relations with Eggert when she was a minor. Several months later, Alexander Polinsky accused Baio of engaging in verbal abuse and of physically assaulting him on the set of '' Charles in Charge''.


Filmography


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References


Further reading

* Holmstrom, John. ''The Moving Picture Boy: An International Encyclopaedia from 1895 to 1995''. Norwich, Michael Russell, 1996, p. 336. * Dye, David. ''Child and Youth Actors: Filmography of Their Entire Careers, 1914-1985''. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 1988, p. 10.


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