Actor Willie Aames

Willie Aames (born Albert William Upton; July 15, 1960) is an American actor, film and television director, television producer, and screenwriter. He is best known for playing Tommy Bradford, one of the children of Tom Bradford (played by Dick Van Patten), on the 1970s television series Eight Is Enough, Buddy Lembeck on the 1980s sitcom Charles in Charge and the title character in the direct-to-video series, Bibleman (1995–2003).

Early life

Aames was born in Newport Beach, California, in 1960. He attended Edison High School in Huntington Beach, California, and was in both the choir and the Madrigal Ensemble.

Career

Aames began acting in the late 1960s as a child, appearing 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.

In 1977, 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. During this time, Aames appeared in his first movie role, Scavenger Hunt. After the series ended in 1981, Aames appeared in more film roles, including Zapped! opposite Scott Baio and Paradise with Phoebe Cates.

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. 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.

Aames starred as Bibleman in the direct-to-video Christian superhero series from 1995 to 2003, before leaving to spend more time with his family. He was replaced by Robert T. Schlipp.

Personal life

Aames has been married three times. Aames married Vicki Weatherman in 1979, having one child, Christopher. He married Maylo McCaslin in 1986, having one child, Harleigh Jean. Aames is currently married to Winnie Hung.

For some years, Aames had been fighting alcohol addiction.

Filmography

YearTitleRoleNotes
1971The Odd CoupleLeonardEpisode: “Win One for Felix”
1971–1972The Courtship of Eddie’s FatherHarold O’Brien4 episodes
1971, 1973GunsmokeTom / Andy2 episodes
1971, 1974Adam-12Young Boy / Billy Ray2 episodes
1971–1975Medical CenterEric / Jeff3 episodes
1972CannonMacklin BoyEpisode: “A Flight of Hawks”
1972–1974Wait Till Your Father Gets HomeJamie Boyle (voice)38 episodes
1973Adam’s RibBoyEpisode: “Katey at the Bat”
1973FrankensteinWilliam FrankensteinTwo-part episode of The Wide World of Mystery
1974Benjamin FranklinBenjamin Franklin (at 12 years old)Miniseries; episode: “The Whirlwind”
1974The Wonderful World of DisneyJeff PetersonEpisode: “Runaway on the Rogue River”
1975The WaltonsDanny ComleyEpisode: “The Beguiled”
1975We’ll Get ByKenny Platt12 episodes
1975–1976The Swiss Family RobinsonFred Robinson20 episodes
1976Rich Man, Poor Man Book IIYoung Wesley JordacheMiniseries; episode: “Chapter I”
1976–1977FamilyT.J. Latimer6 episodes
1977Little House on the PrairieSethEpisode: “Injun Kid”
1977–1981Eight Is EnoughTommy Bradford111 episodes
1982The Love BoatDannyEpisode: “Doc’s Nephew”
1983The Edge of NightRobbie HamlinUnknown episodes
1983–1985Dungeons & DragonsHank the Ranger (voice)Main role
1984–1990Charles in ChargeBuddy Lembeck126 episodes
1986Blacke’s MagicEric WilsonEpisode: “The Revenge of the Esperanza”
1987Eight Is Enough: A Family ReunionTommy BradfordTV movie
1989An Eight Is Enough WeddingTommy BradfordTV movie
1995–2003BiblemanMiles Peterson / Bibleman23 episodes
2005Celebrity Fit Club – Season 2Himself8 episodes
2006Bugtime AdventuresNarrator13 episodes
2007MacMillan River Adventures – Season 1Himself27 episodes
2008Celebrity Fit Club: Boot Camp – Season 8Himself8 episodes
2015Harvest MoonWilliam StoneHallmark TV movie
2016Dater’s HandbookKyleHallmark TV movie
2016Every Christmas Has A StoryVernon HollisHallmark TV movie
2017Date My DadPrincipal Reed2 episodes
2019Love on the MenuMartin ThomasHallmark TV movie
YearFilmRoleNotes
1979Scavenger HuntKenny Stevens 
1982ParadiseDavid 
1982Zapped!Peyton Nichols 
1984Goma-2 [it]TonyAlternative title: Killing Machine
1985Cut and RunTommy AlloAlternative title: Amazon: Savage Adventure
2003The Missy FilesDirect-to-DVD release
Director, writer
2003Dickie Roberts: Former Child StarHimself 

External Links

Actor Willie Aames – Wikipedia

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