Willie Aames

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Willie Aames
Born Albert William Upton
(1960-07-15) July 15, 1960 (age 54)
Newport Beach, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, film and television director, television producer, screenwriter
Years active 1971–present
Spouse(s) >Winnie Hung (2014- )
Children 2

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

Personal life[edit]

Aames has a son, Christopher, and a daughter, Harleigh Jean.[6] Aames recently married long time soul mate Winnie Hung.

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1979 Scavenger Hunt Kenny Stevens
1982 Paradise David
Zapped! Peyton Nichols
1984 Goma-2 Tony Alternative title: Killing Machine
1985 Cut and Run Tommy Allo Alternative title: Amazon: Savage Adventure
2003 The Missy Files
Direct-to-DVD release
Director, writer
Year Title Role Notes
1971 The Odd Couple Leonard 1 episode
1971–1972 The Courtship of Eddie's Father Harold O'Brien 4 episodes
1971–1973 Gunsmoke Tom
2 episodes
1971–1974 Adam-12 Young Boy
Billy Ray
2 episodes
1971–1975 Medical Center Eric
3 episodes
1972 Cannon Macklin Boy 1 episode
1972–1974 Wait Till Your Father Gets Home Jamie Boyle (Voice) 38 episodes
1973 Adam's Rib Boy 1 episode
1974 Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin (12 years old) Miniseries
The Wonderful World of Disney Jeff Peterson 1 episode
1975 The Waltons Danny Comley 1 episode
We'll Get By Kenny Platt 12 episodes
1975–1976 The Swiss Family Robinson Fred Robinson 20 episodes
1976 Rich Man, Poor Man Book II Young Wesley Jordache Miniseries
1976–1977 Family T.J. Latimer 6 episodes
1977 Little House On The Prairie: "Injun Kid" Seth 1 episode
1977–1981 Eight is Enough Tommy Bradford 111 episodes
1982 The Love Boat Danny — Doc's Nephew 1 episode
1982 We're Movin' Host Unknown episodes
1983 The Edge of Night Robbie Hamlin Unknown episodes
1983–1985 Dungeons & Dragons Hank the Ranger (Voice) 27 episodes
1984–1990 Charles in Charge Buddy Lembeck 126 episodes
1986 Blacke's Magic Eric Wilson 1 episode
1987 Eight Is Enough: A Family Reunion Tommy Bradford Television movie
1989 An Eight Is Enough Wedding Tommy Bradford Television movie
2006 Bugtime Adventures Narrator 13 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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