Scott Baio is an American actor and director. He became a teen star and heartthrob of millions by portraying Chachi Arcola in famous sitcom, Happy Days and its spinoff, Joanie Loves Chachi. He was also starred on the sitcoms, Charles in Charge, and Nickelodeon sitcom See Dad Run.
As of 2020, Scott Baio’s estimated net worth is $6 million. He has grown his wealth mostly from working as an actor and director. For all Scott Baio fans, here’s an opportunity for you to know all about your favourite star, from his background to acting career, family, movies, and more.
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His Background & Education
Scott Baio was born on September 22, 1960, in Bay Ridge locality of the Brooklyn borough, New York City, USA. His parents were Italian immigrants Mario Baio, who worked as a manager, and Rose Baio, a homemaker. Scott was raised in New York City. He graduated from Xaverian High School. The famous actor Jimmy Baio and American musician Chris Baio are his cousins.
Scott debuted his acting career in 1976 with children’s gangster musical Bugsy Malone directed by Alan Parker. He co-starred with Jodie Foster. Later, Scott was cast as Chachi Arcola in Happy Days. The success of Happy Days helped him get more roles in different shows in the industry.
Scott got a starring role in the made-for-television youth drama special The Boy Who Drank Too Much. In 1982, he was featured in the comedy-drama Eight Is Enough opposite Willie Aames and in 1980, he was cast in teen drama, Foxes and shared the screen again with his former co-star, Jodie Foster.
Major Career Highlights
Scott has featured in many independent films as well as guest-starred on several TV programs since his debut. He has worked in almost every genre including comedy, action, and mystery. Below are some of his most outstanding works.
At the age of 16, Scott hit the major role of his career as Chachi Arcola on ABC sitcom Happy Days which was one of the most successful sitcoms in the ‘70s. His character appeared in the 5th season as the younger cousin of Fonzie. Chachi became one of the main guys and joined the gang of Richie, Potsie, Ralph, and Fonzie. He has a crush on Joanie Cunningham and their relationship became more visible and themed in the next seasons. The show ran for eleven seasons from 1974-1984 and his character and extremely good looks made him famous overnight.
Joanie Loves Chachi (The Happy Days Spin-off)
Scott appeared in the spin-off of the Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi (1982). The spin-off was developed when Chachi’s parents opened a restaurant in Chicago and aspiring musicians, Joanie and Chachi moved there and tried to create their musical band. Unfortunately, the show which was a fusion of sitcom and musical performances never rose to the dizzy heights of Happy Days. It received relatively high ratings in the first season which eventually plunged down in season two.
In 1983, the show was canceled after only seventeen episodes. After the cancelation of the show, the characters were rolled back to Happy Days for the show’s finale. Despite the show’s low ratings in America, it had a good reception in Korea and Japan.
Charles In Charge and other TV shows
Scott Baio was also a part of the syndicated comedy series called Charles in Charge from 1984 to 1990. The series was his second major hit after Happy Days. He played a college student and a live-in Housekeeper.
Though Scott did not appear in many prominent roles during his early career years, he kept making appearances in alternate roles. He was cast in the made-for-television version of Alice in Wonderland and played Pat the Pig and made a guest appearance on the Battle of the Network Stars.
He joined the cast of NBC Monday night movie Perry Mason and the Case of the Fatal Fashion (1991). During the 90’s he continued making guest appearances in many TV shows such as mystery drama Diagnosis: Murder, Baby Talk, and Veronica’s Closet.
In 2005, Scott was starred in Wes Craven’s horror film Cursed. He had one episode stint on Full House, Touched by an Angel, The Nanny, and award-winning comedy series Arrested Development for which he was nominated as Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series by The Online Film and Television Association.
In 2007, Scott was cast in the VH1 celebrity reality series called Scott Baio Is 45… and Single followed by its second season Scott Baio Is 46… and Pregnant. He also co-hosted the reality show of VH1, Confessions of Teen Idol, in which ex-teen idols attempted to revive their careers.
Aside acting, Scott has a knack for directing productions as well. He has directed several children TV programs and sitcoms. He directed The New Lassie (1989) and eleven episodes of the comedy series Out of This World (1989-91).
He has directed four episodes of The Wayans Bros (1996) and five episodes of The Jamie Foxx Show (1996). His other notable credits include Harry and the Hendersons (1991), Shaky Ground (1993) and, First Time Out (1995).
In 1988, he directed Guys like Us, Malcolm & Eddie, Unhappily Ever After, and The Parkers. Scott also produced the situational comedy See Dad Run, starring himself as a stay home dad.
How Much Is Scott Baio Worth?
As we are aware by now, Scott Baio was part of the well-known sitcom, Happy Days which success made him and other stars lots of money. Scott has appeared in several commercials and guest-starred in a large number of shows. Some of his highest grossing movies include Zapped (1989) and Superbabies (2004) which grossed $16.9 million and $9.4 million respectively. Little wonder he now boasts of a net worth of $6 million.
Relationships, Wife & Kids
Scott was briefly engaged to his then girlfriend, Jeanette Jonsson in 2001. However, he broke up the engagement and returned to Renée Sloan whome he met way back in the 1990s at the Playboy Mansion. In July 2007, the couple announced that they were expecting a baby girl. Scott married 34-year-old Renée Sloan shortly after the birth of their daughter, Bailey Deluca Baio. Renée was pregnant with twins at first but lost one of the babies in the 11th week of pregnancy.
In 2015, Renée was diagnosed with brain tumor meningioma and in October 2017, she was again diagnosed with cerebral microvascular disease. His daughter Bailey was born five weeks early and was falsely diagnosed with a rare metabolic disorder which inspired the family to lay the foundation of Bailey Baio Angel Foundation. The foundation provides financial assistance to the families facing similar metabolic disorders. Scott also has a stepdaughter named Kalyn born in 1989.
Scott Baio earned two Emmy Award nominations for his performance in the TV movie Stoned (1981) and All the Kids Do It (1985). He won the Young Artist Awards twice in the Third Annual Youth Film Awards, and was awarded Best Young Actor for Stoned and Best Young Comedian in Motion Pictures for Happy Days. He has also received Daytime Emmy Award nomination for outstanding performance in Children Program twice.
Sexual Harassment Allegations
The actor faced public shaming for the sexual harassment allegations made against him. In 2013, his former co-star Nicole Eggert made sexual misconduct allegations against Scott on the Nick Richie Radio show. The rumors were reemerged in January 2018 when she shared them on her Twitter account and The Dr. Oz Show. She accused Scott of molesting her for three years when she was 14 and made sexual relations with her when she was 17.
However, Scott denied the allegations and contends that the sexual encounter happened when Eggert was 18 not a minor. A few months later, he was again accused of physical assault and verbal abuse by Alexander Polinsky, during the shoot of Charles in Charge.
The actor is one of a handful of Hollywood conservatives. Scott has always spoken his mind and described himself as a republican. He openly opposed the United States former President, Barack Obama. In 2016, he endorsed Republican candidate, Donald Trump and gave a speech in his favor.
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