|Born||Albert William Upton
July 15, 1960
Newport Beach, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, director, producer, screenwriter, Cruise Director|
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.
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.
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. 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.
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 during the mid-1980s became an ordained minister, but no longer has an affiliation with a specific church.
Aames was married to actress Maylo Upton-Aames who has been credited in film and television as Maylo McCaslin or Maylo McCaslin-Aames.
|1979||Scavenger Hunt||Kenny Stevens|
|1984||Goma-2||Tony||Alternative title: Killing Machine|
|2003||The Missy Files||
|1971||The Odd Couple||Leonard||1 episode|
|1971–1972||The Courtship of Eddie's Father||Harold O'Brien||4 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: A New Beginning||Seth||1 episode|
|1977–1981||Eight is Enough||Tommy Bradford||111 episodes|
|1982||The Love Boat||Danny — Doc's Nephew||1 episode|
|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|
|1996–2004||Bible Man||Bibleman/Miles Peterson||Director, producer, writer|
|2006||Bugtime Adventures||Narrator||Unknown episodes|
- "Willie Aames Accepts The Past With Grace". cbsnews.com. 2008-02-11. Retrieved 2009-01-01.
- Sloan, Gene (2010-07-12). "Former child TV star Willie Aames' new job: Cruise ship director". usatoday.com. Retrieved 2012-01-17.