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Name: Scott Vincent James Baio                                                               
Born: 22 September 1961 Brooklyn, New York, U.S.                                             
Scott Vincent James Baio (born September 22, 1961) is an American actor, best                 
known for his work on the sitcoms Happy Days and Charles in Charge. He recently               
appeared in his own VH1 reality series titled Scott Baio Is 45...and Single                   
followed by Scott Baio Is 46...and Pregnant.                                                 
Baio was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Rose and Mario Baio, a personal               
manager. 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, Baio 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. That same year, he appeared opposite               
Willie Aames in the film Zapped!, and recorded an album for RCA. In 1984, Baio               
starred as a male nanny on the syndicated comedy series Charles in Charge until               
1990. In 1985 he was part of an ensemble cast for Alice in Wonderland, where he               
portrayed Pat the Pig.                                                                       
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.                                                             
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. Baio portrayed Dominic Pyzola               
who's both a corporate raider in the daytime 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 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". In August 2006, 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, Baio made his own foray into the genre of reality show programming with                 
the VH1 reality series Scott Baio Is 45...and Single. The show 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, entitled Scott Baio               
Is 46...and Pregnant, and composed of nine episodes (six half-hour and three                  hour long installments).