Willie Aames

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Willie Aames
BornAlbert William Upton
(1960-07-15) July 15, 1960 (age 53)
Newport Beach, California, U.S.
OccupationActor, director, producer, screenwriter, Cruise Director
Years active1971–present
Spouse(s)Currently Unmarried
 
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Willie Aames
BornAlbert William Upton
(1960-07-15) July 15, 1960 (age 53)
Newport Beach, California, U.S.
OccupationActor, director, producer, screenwriter, Cruise Director
Years active1971–present
Spouse(s)Currently Unmarried

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, Buddy Lembeck on the 1980s series Charles in Charge and Bibleman.

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.

Career[edit]

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. Aames has 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”, where 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 to 2004, Aames re-created and starred in a video series, and annual touring performances as the Christian superhero Bibleman. Although Aames directed and wrote the majority of Bibleman series, he does not have any stake in the ownership.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Aames during the mid-1980s became an ordained minister, but no longer has an affiliation with a specific church.[7]

Aames has a son, Christopher.[8] and a daughter, Harleigh Jean. Since 2010, Aames has been working as a Cruise Director for Oceania and Regent Cruises.[9]

Aames was married to actress Maylo Upton-Aames who has been credited in film and television as Maylo McCaslin or Maylo McCaslin-Aames.

Selected filmography[edit]

Film
YearFilmRoleNotes
1979Scavenger HuntKenny Stevens
1982ParadiseDavid
Zapped!Peyton Nichols
1984Goma-2TonyAlternative title: Killing Machine
2003The Missy Files
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Direct-to-DVD release
Director, writer
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1971The Odd CoupleLeonard1 episode
1971–1972The Courtship of Eddie's FatherHarold O'Brien4 episodes
1971–1973GunsmokeTom
Andy
2 episodes
1971–1974Adam-12Young Boy
Billy Ray
2 episodes
1971–1975Medical CenterEric
Jeff
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
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 AdventuresNarratorUnknown episodes

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