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Willie Aames: “My life was over at 47.”

Willie Aames: “My life was over at 47.”

Willie Aames is an award-winning, platinum-selling writer, producer/director who starred in 22 network series and has a long list of credits. Despite his Hollywood successes, low self-esteem, overbearing parents and childhood stardom were only the beginning of his struggles. His career faltered. After an appearance on Celebrity Fit Club, his life completely fell apart and Willie ended up in bankruptcy, homeless and divorced. While pulling himself up by his bootstraps, Willie took an out-of-the-blue opportunity and became a 6-star cruise director. His whole life turned around. Listen to this AMAZING Hollywood story where the happy ending truly happens on a love boat.

Willie Aames was born in Newport Beach, California. He 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, and 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. The group eventually landed a recording contract with CBS Custom Label. During this time, Willie appeared in his first movie role in Scavenger Hunt. After the series ended in 1981, he 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, Willie 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. Willie began the role of Miles Peterson / Bibleman in the direct-to-video Christian superhero series from 1995 to 2003, before leaving due to wanting to spend more time with his family. He was replaced by Robert T. Schlipp.

For some years, Willie has been fighting his alcohol addiction. In 2008, he faced private bankruptcy and working construction jobs after investing in a failed TV show and ongoing drug abuse. He successfully managed to get clean and continue working successfully as a director, screenwriter, and cruise ship director.

After a 5-year hiatus from Hollywood, Willie returned to his roots in the acting and film-making splitting his time between Los Angeles and Vancouver, BC with his wife.

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