Willie Aames

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Willie Aames
BornAlbert William Upton
(1960-07-15) July 15, 1960 (age 54)
Newport Beach, California, U.S.
OccupationActor, film and television director, television producer, screenwriter
Years active1971–present
Spouse(s)Winnie Hung
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Willie Aames
BornAlbert William Upton
(1960-07-15) July 15, 1960 (age 54)
Newport Beach, California, U.S.
OccupationActor, film and television director, television producer, screenwriter
Years active1971–present
Spouse(s)Winnie Hung

Willie Aames (born July 15, 1960) is an American actor, film and television director, television producer, and screenwriter. Aames is well known for playing Tommy Bradford on the 1970s television series Eight Is Enough and Buddy Lembeck on the 1980s series Charles in Charge.

Early life[edit]

Born Albert William Upton[1] in Newport Beach, California, Aames attended Edison High School in Huntington Beach, California, and was in both the choir and the Madrigal Ensemble.


Aames began acting in the late 1960s as a child actor and appeared in shows such as Gunsmoke, The Wonderful World of Disney, Adam-12, and The Courtship of Eddie's Father. In 1971, he originated the role of Leonard Unger, the son of Felix Unger (Tony Randall), on the ABC-TV series The Odd Couple, a part that was later played by Leif Garrett. The following year, he voiced the character of Jamie Boyle in the animated series Wait Till Your Father Gets Home.

He guest-starred on various television series, including The Waltons. In 1974, he portrayed a 12-year old Benjamin Franklin in the miniseries Benjamin Franklin. The next year, he co-starred in the series Swiss Family Robinson.[2]

In 1976, he landed the role of Tommy Bradford in the comedy-drama Eight is Enough. During this period, he played in a band called "Willie Aames & Paradise", in which he was lead singer/guitarist. Formed while Aames was in junior high school, the group eventually landed a recording contract with CBS Custom Label.[3] During this time, Aames appeared in his first movie role in Scavenger Hunt. After the series ended in 1981, Aames appeared in more film roles, including Zapped! opposite Scott Baio, and Paradise with Phoebe Cates.[4]

Before portraying the role of Buddy Lembeck in Charles in Charge in 1984, Aames played the character of Robbie Hamlin on the ABC soap opera The Edge of Night.[5] From 1983 to 1985, he was the voice of Hank on the cartoon Dungeons & Dragons. After the end of Charles in Charge in 1990, Aames hosted the game show The Krypton Factor. From 1995 until 2003, Aames portrayed Bibleman, an evangelical superhero character in a 1995-2010 American video series of the same name.

Personal life[edit]

Aames has a son, Christopher, and a daughter, Harleigh Jean.[6] In 2010 Aames worked as a Cruise Director for Oceania and Regent Cruises. In March 2014 Aames resigned from the cruise line and returned to his acting roots, splitting his time between Hollywood California and Vancouver BC with his wife Winnie Hung.

Selected filmography[edit]

1979Scavenger HuntKenny Stevens
Zapped!Peyton Nichols
1984Goma-2TonyAlternative title: Killing Machine
1985Cut and RunTommy AlloAlternative title: Amazon: Savage Adventure
2003The Missy Files
Direct-to-DVD release
Director, writer
1971The Odd CoupleLeonard1 episode
1971–1972The Courtship of Eddie's FatherHarold O'Brien4 episodes
2 episodes
1971–1974Adam-12Young Boy
Billy Ray
2 episodes
1971–1975Medical CenterEric
3 episodes
1972CannonMacklin Boy1 episode
1972–1974Wait Till Your Father Gets HomeJamie Boyle (Voice)38 episodes
1973Adam's RibBoy1 episode
1974Benjamin FranklinBenjamin Franklin (12 years old)Miniseries
The Wonderful World of DisneyJeff Peterson1 episode
1975The WaltonsDanny Comley1 episode
We'll Get ByKenny Platt12 episodes
1975–1976The Swiss Family RobinsonFred Robinson20 episodes
1976Rich Man, Poor Man Book IIYoung Wesley JordacheMiniseries
1976–1977FamilyT.J. Latimer6 episodes
1977Little House: A New BeginningSeth1 episode
1977–1981Eight is EnoughTommy Bradford111 episodes
1982The Love BoatDanny — Doc's Nephew1 episode
1982We're Movin'HostUnknown episodes
1983The Edge of NightRobbie HamlinUnknown episodes
1983–1985Dungeons & DragonsHank the Ranger (Voice)27 episodes
1984–1990Charles in ChargeBuddy Lembeck126 episodes
1986Blacke's MagicEric Wilson1 episode
1987Eight Is Enough: A Family ReunionTommy BradfordTelevision movie
1989An Eight Is Enough WeddingTommy BradfordTelevision movie
1996–2004Bible ManBibleman/Miles PetersonDirector, producer, writer
2006Bugtime AdventuresNarrator13 episodes


  1. ^ Dick Kliener (Nov 30, 1981). "'Idol' Status Not For Willie". Waycross Journal-Herald. p. P5. Retrieved 2014-05-04. 
  2. ^ "Swiss Family Schoolhouse". The Victoria Advocate. Jan 18, 1976. p. 6. Retrieved 2014-05-04. 
  3. ^ "Willie Aames' TV Series Not Helping His Music". The Evening Independent. Aug 24, 1979. Retrieved 2014-05-04. 
  4. ^ Sheffield, Skip (May 11, 1982). "Lost In 'Paradise'". Boca Raton News. p. 17. Retrieved 2014-05-04. 
  5. ^ Connie Passalacqua (Sep 9, 1983). "Willie Aames spices up 'Edge of Night'". Rome News-Tribune. p. 5. Retrieved 2014-05-04. 
  6. ^ Mike Celizic (16 Jan 2008). "Willie Aames wards off demons, armed robber". Today. Retrieved 2014-05-04. 

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