Before he knew it, he was landing small parts and eventually had his big break in 1976 when he was cast as the lead in the youthful gangster film "Bugsy Malone." Due to his early acting career, Scott never graduated from North Hollywood High School.
Baio is best known for his roles as Chachi Arcola on "Happy Days" and "Joanie Loves Chaci," as well as Charles on the hit 1980s sitcom "Charles in Charge." At the height of "Happy Days" fame, Baio received around 5,000 letters each week from adoring fans, sealing his role as influential teen superstar.
Scroll down for video Scott Baio, pictured at left with Donald Trump and at right on 'Happy Days' with Erin Moran, wrote in a tribute to his deceased former co-star: 'May people remember Erin for her contagious smile, warm heart, and animal loving soul. God has you now, Erin'Her fellow co-stars including Henry Winkler and Ron Howard were quick to pay tribute to the actress who spent her final years in an apparent downward spiral after it was reported she had squandered away her money and was without a permanent place to live.
Now it seems every news outlet & tabloid wants to paint a different picture of me and of what really happened. This is crazy.” Baio added that he was still emotional. I don’t see people going after or attacking every network that said it was a drug overdose. I’m done.” See the full post below: On Tuesday morning, Baio shared a letter from Moran’s husband, Steve Fleischmann, detailing her final days.
They’re stating that I’m saying drugs caused her to die after it was reported stage 4 cancer. According to the letter, Moran learned she had squamous cell carcinoma in December of last year, and her condition quickly deteriorated.
His New York accent and windblown hair along with tight blue jeans became Chachi Arcola's trademark and the look that Scott Baio would be remembered for forever.
Post Chachi in the 1980s, Baio delved into some deeper and more dramatic television roles, typically playing troubled teens.
The statement added there were no illegal narcotics found at the scene, but Baio thinks her lifetime of drugs and alcohol abuse may have had something to do with her untimely death.
During an interview with “The Bernie & Sid Show,” also Monday, Baio admitted he was “not completely shocked” by his “Joanie Loves Chachi” co-star’s passing.
“I’m OK, a little shocked but not completely shocked that this happened,” he said on the show.
“My thing is, I feel bad because her whole life, she was troubled, could never find what made her happy and content. I’m sorry if that’s cold, but God gave you a brain, gave you the will to live and thrive and you gotta take care of yourself.” Late Monday evening, Baio clarified those comments on his Facebook account, saying that at the time of the radio interview he didn’t know that Moran’s cause of death was due to stage IV cancer. I was asked ONLY about Erin’s troubled past due to drug & alcohol abuse.
He was cast as a shy teen who became involved with marijuana in the award-winning "Stoned," an "ABC Afterschool Special." Baio also starred as an alcoholic teenager in the CBS film "The Boy Who Drank Too Much" and played a hemophiliac in NBC's "Senior Trip!
" Baio has maintained his popularity for decades and there are more than 10,000 recorded fan clubs around the world in his honor.
During his interview with the WABC radio show, Baio added, “I’m saddened by what happened. “I knew Erin well, over the last many years I have not spoken with her.