Saturday, September 22, 2007

Oink! Scott Baio Turns 47 Today!

Time for the Truth, Chachi – you told BeansTalk’s ME how old you really were, even though we’d read in Teen Beat or Tiger Beat or 16 that you were just exactly our age. You’re not! You know it.

Pamela Anderson told us (in a separate interview) that she often had disagreements with you whether you were a Virgo or Libra (when you are clearly a Virgo). You had some real stunner conversations there. I’m sure you and your baby mama Renee have much more stimulating, elucidating chats.

We know you were at the Mix Media Emmy Suite charming everyone and getting organic baby products for your little girl. Does that make you want to have a completely change of character (what little you have?) Do you now fear that someday, like Julie McCullough, Erin Moran, the 24 Playmates and every large bosomed thin blonde who caught your gaze, she may be the victim of someone even just remotely like you?

For our readers who don’t know who he is, here’s his scoop (and yes, Wikipedia had the fake bday date and we changed it to the correct one – well, not on Wikipedia officially, but here, for BeansTalk readers. We believe in True Truthiness!).

Wikipedia Says: Scott Vincent James Baio (born September 22, 1960 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American actor, who is perhaps best known for his work on the sitcoms Happy Days and Charles in Charge. He is presently starring in his own VH1 reality series titled Scott Baio Is 45...and Single.

Early Life and Career

Scott Baio (pronouned BAY-oh)changed his name from Baiocchi. He was born in Brooklyn to Mario and Rose Baiocchi. His grandparents were immigrants from Italy. He attended Xaverian High School, and later graduated from North Hollywood High School. His other siblings as well as their cousin, Jimmy Baio, also act.

In 1976, he played the title character Bugsy Malone in the cult kiddie gangster musical directed by Alan Parker, which also co-starred Jodie Foster. Baio and Foster later worked together again in the 1980 teen girl drama Foxes helmed by Adrian Lyne.

When he was 16, Scott was then cast as The Fonz's cousin, Chachi Arcola, on Happy Days. During his Happy Days run, Baio earned two Emmy Award nominations for his lead performances in the TV movies Stoned (1981) and All The Kids Do It (1985). He also won two Young Artists 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 starred in a spin-off of Happy Days entitled Joanie Loves Chachi with Erin Moran, which lasted one season. His first sexual experience was with Erin Moran -- a claim he made on the first episode of VH1's Scott Baio is 45 ... and Single in the summer of 2007.

That same year, he appeared opposite Willie Aames in the film Zapped!, and recorded an album for RCA. The adolescent fantasy was recently hailed by Entertainment Weekly magazine as one of the Five Essentials within the popular teen sex comedy genre from the 1980s alongside Private School, Class, Private Resort and Fast Times At Ridgemont High. [citation needed]

In 1984, Baio starred as a male nanny on the syndicated comedy series Charles in Charge until 1990.

During the decade of the 1990s, Scott appeared in various television programs, including the short-lived Look Who's Talking small screen spin-off Baby Talk. Between 1992 and 1995, he portrayed Dr. Jack Stewart in the medical mystery series Diagnosis: Murder starring Dick Van Dyke. Baio was a popular guest-star on Full House, Touched By An Angel, Veronica's Closet and The Nanny. He directed a number of TV series and commercials. He also starred in several telefilms and video releases such as Detonator, Bar-Hopping, Dumb Luck, Face Value and Danielle Steel's Mixed Blessings.

Scott Baio's other movies include the independent films Very Mean Men, Face to Face and The Bread, my Sweet.

Very Mean Men (2000) was a gangster comedy directed by Tony Vitale about a mob war between two syndicate families. Scott 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. Variety praised his performance: "A career-reviving turn by Scott Baio with hair dyed blonde and sporting a white goatee."

Face To Face (2001-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 male bonding. Baio co-wrote the screenplay with Jeffrey 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 (2001- retitled A Wedding For Bella) a romance film directed by Melissa Martin and produced by Adrienne Wehr about normal Italian-Americans coping with life, death, love, laughter and the fine art of baking in Pittsburgh. Scott Baio portrayed Dominic Pyzola who's both a hard-edged corporate raider in the daytime and a kind-hearted local 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 Worldfest and Iowa Hardacre Film Festivals.

More recently, Baio also had a recurring role on the Emmy award winning comedy series Arrested Development as the madcap Bluth family's serious but overpaid lawyer, Bob Loblaw. 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". He made reference to this in his first episode, claiming this was "not the first time I've been called in to replace [Winkler]" and suggesting he appealed to a younger crowd.

In August 2006, Scott Baio was formally invited by the AIA Actors Studio to discuss his professional experiences as a working thespian and director in television and movies. He talked about his own lengthy acting career plus his recent forays into writing, directing and producing.

In July 2007, Scott made his own foray into the genre of reality show programming with the VH1 celebreality series Scott Baio Is 45...and Single. Media Life magazine observed: "While it breaks no new ground for most personality-based reality programs, none of that matters if the show is well-executed and the star is compelling. Here, both are." The New York Daily News gave this verdict: "An entertaining emotional hour built around the Hollywood hunk's quest to find out why he's still single. In the end, the show creates a sympathetic portrait of a star who has avoided the usual pitfalls of celebrity on the road to bachelorhood. And for a celebrity reality show, that's unusual and why this is worth your time."

"Scott Baio Is 45...and Single" averaged 1.3 million total viewers and 1 million adults from 18 to 49 years old, ranking it among the top ten basic cable programs in its 10:30 p.m. time slot. VH1 is currently preparing a second season of the reality series, composed of nine episodes (six half-hour and three hour long installments).

Personal life

Baio is a Republican[citation needed], and was a member of Young Americans for Freedom. He attended the historical ceremonies of the late U.S. President Ronald Reagan's widely-televised state funeral. The New York Daily News June 12, 2004 reported that Baio was seated near Margaret Thatcher and was quoted as saying: "President Reagan made me feel proud to be an American. Today, I feel sadness."

Baio is also famous for dating several actresses, among them, Pamela Anderson, Erika Eleniak, Nicole Eggert, Natalie Raitano, Nicolette Sheridan, Denise Richards, Julie McCullough, and Heather Locklear. In his VH1 reality series Scott Baio Is 45...and Single, he admits to losing his virginity to Erin Moran. In July 2007, he told E!: Entertainment Television's Ted Casablanca that he and wife Renee Sloan are expecting a baby in December. and per People magazine its a girl[1]

On July 24th 2007, Scott appeared on the Howard Stern show on Sirius Satellite Radio and received a standing ovation from the staff. Not only did Howard ask to shake his hand but, in typical Stern fashion also asked if he could smell it. On the show Baio admitted that Playboy quietly banned him from the mansion for a period of time in the late 80's since he had dated each of that year's Playboy Playmates and then some, totaling 24. A spokeswoman from Playboy called Scott and told him that he needed to "slow down" and some of the Playmates he was with were also involved with Hugh Hefner. In the same interview he confessed that Heather Locklear was the greatest lover he has ever had, hands down. He rated some of his lovers on a scale of 1 to 10 - Denise Richards:3, Beverly D'Angelo:10, Liza Minnelli:7, Melissa Gilbert:10.