Scott Baio Doesn’t Know How To Validate His Parking Ticket

For a guy who was Chachi, you’d think he’d have some real world skills.

Yet there he stood, directly in front of me at the little “validate your parking ticket kiosk” in the movie theater last night, unshaven and disheveled — attemping over and over again to get his ticket validated. But when he couldn’t see what the machine had done to his card after inserting and removing it — he seemed a little bit confounded.

He looked at me. Looked at my ticket. I brought it close to my chest, protecting it.

He looked back at the machine, looked back at his ticket, and looked back at me.

Scott Baio: This damn thing doesn’t work, does it?

Me: Don’t know. Let me see your ticket.

He shoved it in my face and I looked at it. Indeed, a small bar code had been printed on the outer edge of the ticket (something I didn’t yet have on mine). His ticket was-

Me: …validated.

Scott Baio: Really? How do you know?

Me: See, here’s mine… And here’s yours. What’s different between the two?

Scott Baio: Look, I’m no idiot. Don’t treat me like one.

His unshaven face combined with his frustration wiped clean the satisfying years of watching the Pre-O.C. wrist-band wearing ladies man do his thang on Happy Days. Now he was just a punk, challenging me to a “parking validation” duel.

Me: Fine. Just let me get in there and validate mine.

Scott Baio: Go ahead.

I stepped past the Baio-ster, held up my ticket in front of him (absent of a special added bar code at the edge), put it inside the machine and removed it. Holding it up, the bar code was now present. Baio looked at his, looked at mine. They were now, identical.

Scott Baio: Well, look at that.

Me: Yeah. Look at that.

I turned around, leaving Charles in Charge of accosting the next validation-movie goer to face his wrath, his unshaven-ness and his confusion. I was free of him, for probably the rest of my life.

Happy Days were here again.

43 comments on “Scott Baio Doesn’t Know How To Validate His Parking Ticket

  1. friz - January 16, 2005 at 6:07 am -

    you should have told him “you’re in charge” as you walked away

  2. Pauly D - January 16, 2005 at 9:02 am -

    Haha.

    Damn, I never think of those things until 5 minutes after I live the event in question.

  3. lomara - January 16, 2005 at 8:35 pm -

    this is why I go to the guest services counter to get my parking validated — so that I don’t get accosted by Chachi at the kiosk outside! Hah.

  4. Helena - January 17, 2005 at 3:20 pm -

    I have a story that involves Scotty and parking validations. But I’m a girl under 30, so there’s a much, much different tone to the whole thing.

    “Chachi in Charge”
    http://www.poethelena.com/archives/000172.html

  5. Jurgen - January 22, 2005 at 5:17 pm -

    Hell-ena, please go whore yourself to somewhere else! No one is interested in you and your trailer-trash boob job.

    We are here for PAUL and PAUL ONLY!

  6. Beckie - February 4, 2005 at 7:19 am -

    Everyone has a bad day now and then. Scott Baio is no different than you or I. Give the guy a break. I’m sure you’ve needed a break now and then.

  7. Mordred La Fey - February 11, 2005 at 3:32 am -

    BAIO IN CHARGE OF NBC SITCOM
    by Nellie Andreeva, The Hollywood Reporter

    “Former teen heartthrob Scott Baio takes charge of another sitcom, playing a fortysomething smart guy who moves in with a twentysomething upstart and turns his life upside down. This yet untitled comedy project from HBO Independent Productions and Tagline Productions has already received a script commitment from NBC. Emmy winning writer-producer Jace Richdale (The Simpsons) is on board as executive-producer together with Blake McCormack who is penning the pilot episode.”

  8. Mordred La Fey - February 11, 2005 at 3:48 am -

    One more thing. The “Happy Days 30th Anniversary TV Reunion Special” broadcast last February 3, Thursday night at 8:00 p.m. on ABC was watched by more than nineteen (19) million viewers.

    In the final analysis, Mr. Scott Baio is ultimately doing a whole lot better in his personal and professional life than any poor jealous fools think.

  9. Pauly D - February 11, 2005 at 7:41 am -

    Look at that! Mr. Scott Baio is back in charge!

  10. Mordred La Fey - February 18, 2005 at 8:23 pm -

    In addition, how many of you guys and gals know that after 2000, Scott Baio evolved artistically to become an award-winning independent film actor? “The Bread, My Sweet” (released on video under the new title “A Wedding For Bella”) won several top awards as best feature and/or audience favorite at various regional film festivals in the United States. Most importantly, Scott himself won THREE (3) Best Lead Actor awards for his role as Dominic Pyzola at the Atlantic City, Kansas City and San Diego International Film Festivals.

  11. Pauly D - February 19, 2005 at 12:02 pm -

    Wow. I did not know that.

    Poor Joanie. When Chachi left her in the dust, all she could do was sit around and cry. Apparently, he’s still doing it today.

  12. Mordred La Fey - February 22, 2005 at 8:45 pm -

    Thanks for the feedback, Pauly. Sadly a lot of people don’t know much about the real truth concerning Scott Baio’s showbiz career in recent years (his valiant struggle against the New Hollywood “Gray-List” in the 1990s, his independent film endeavors after 2000 beginning with “Very Mean Men” and “Face To Face”, his LASSO charity commercial with Mel Gibson, his quiet attendance of President Ronald Reagan’s state funeral, etc.)

    And if you discuss with your friends regarding Scott’s thespic capabilities as an actor, please kindly bear in mind this sample quote from a reviewer about his lead performance in “The Bread, My Sweet”:

    “Scott Baio, best-known as Chachi from TV’s ‘Happy Days’ is wonderful as Dominic, the bakery owner who’s stretched dangerously thin with a corporate day job. Overall, ‘The Bread, My Sweet’ rises to the occasion and warms the heart while whetting the appetite. Moreover, it reminds us that Baio, who was terrific in ‘Bugsy Malone’ and ‘Foxes’ before being helplessly typecast by ‘Happy Days’, belongs on the big screen. In his scenes with Kristen Minter and especially Rosemary Prinz’s immigrant mother, he exhibits a rugged charm that so far has eluded the likes of Tom Cruise and Ben Affleck.”
    (Glenn Lovell, THE SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS)

  13. Stefanie B. - February 27, 2005 at 11:39 pm -

    In recent years i have met Scotty. I find him to be a real genuine person that just wants the best for himsef and his life. I can’t stand when jelous people knock him down, even if he isn’t at his best. The next time I see him I will take the opportunity to get to know him better. I respect his career moves He does what is good for him. Sometimes being in the lime light can destroy a person. He can teke charge of me anytime.

  14. Mordred La Fey - March 8, 2005 at 8:39 pm -

    Stefanie B.

    You’re quite lucky to have had a positive experience in actually meeting Scott Baio. The general public ought to remember that famous stars are also human beings who possess common virtues and frailties like everyone else. Nobody’s perfect all of the time.

    And besides, one must consider Scott’s uniquely difficult professional situation in Hollywood as a loyal Republican-voting celebrity who’s struggling to survive within an already ferociously-competitive and yet incredibly hostile entertainment community that virtually worships the Democratic Party.

    To better understand the negative impact of the dominant leftwing political and cultural elites in Tinseltown, interested fans should read:
    1. TALES FROM THE LEFT COAST: True Stories of Hollywood Stars and Their Outrageous Politics by James Hirsen.
    2. HOLLYWOOD INTERRUPTED: Insanity Chic in Babylon – The Case Against Celebrity by Andrew Breitbart and Mark Ebner.
    3. YOUNG AND REPUBLICAN IN HOLLYWOOD by Ruth Shalit, pp. 214 – 218, DETAILS Magazine (September 2004)

    Under these circumstances, it ain’t easy being Scott Baio.

  15. Pauly D - March 9, 2005 at 10:40 am -

    I, personally, feel extremely lucky to have been privy to all this extra Baio information per Mordred and Stephanie B.

    I only wish I knew how to get a hold of Scott Baio myself, so I could tell him how much support the guys got out here in the blogosphere. (And that’s from people who never saw Zapped!, too. Which is, personally, I think — a wonderful movie.)

  16. Mordred La Fey - March 20, 2005 at 8:45 pm -

    Hey, Pauly.
    Funny that you should mention “Zapped”. This movie seems to have become a genuine cult favorite, even possibly the most fondly-remembered teen sex comedy of the 1980s. I personally feel that it’s a lot better than other more debauched cinematic romps of the same genre and era. (“Porky’s”, “Spring Break”, etc.) For instance, “Private Resort” will always be a source of public embarrassment to Johnny Depp who labeled it “pure filth” (I somehow find it comforting to know that a future two-time Oscar nominee began his acting career as a naked bum wiggler.) and Rob Morrow who’d like to incinerate said film’s master copy. (Forget “Northern Exposure”. He gets a prolonged southern exposure in this one.) It started me thinking: Would “Zapped” have greatly benefited from a streaking sequence involving Scott Baio and Willie Aames?? (Reminiscent of Jay Underwood and Wally Ward from “The Invisible Kid”.) No doubt, all the girls would have simply LOVED that. But it didn’t happen (although “Bibleman” Aames once cavorted in the buff with Phoebe Cates in “Paradise”).

  17. Mordred La Fey - March 20, 2005 at 9:14 pm -

    Interestingly, Scott Baio never fell prey to the unwise temptation of compromising his generally wholesome TV image by accepting more sexually explicit film roles even during the hard times (regardless of numerous love affairs in his own private life). Given his frequent nocturnal visits to the Playboy Mansion, one would have expected the guy to inevitably follow the career path of Martin Hewitt (who started as Brooke Shield’s leading man in “Endless Love” and descended to softporn erotic thrillers like “Night Rhythms” and “Secret Games”).

    Thankfully, Scott did not succumb while other aging heartthrobs foolishly jumped at the chance to prostitute themselves, especially with the box-office successes of “Fatal Attraction” and “Basic Instinct”. The casualty list has included Andrew Stevens (“Night Eyes”), Marc Singer (“Body Chemistry”), William Katt (“Last Call”), Joseph Bottoms (“Inner Sanctum”), Michael Pare (“Point Of Impact”), Harry Hamlin (“Save Me”), C. Thomas Howell (“Payback”), Rick Rossovich (“Tropical Heat”), Scott Valentine (“Object Of Obsession”), Dan Gauthier (“Illegal In Blue”), Corey Haim and Corey Feldman (“Blown Away”).

    Moonlighting as reluctant porno studs ultimately gained nothing for their wavering showbiz stardoms. In direct contrast to them, Scott Baio intentionally chose to avoid this pathetic kind of demeaning route. One truly cannot help but admire his personal and professional integrity for doing so. Even during the rough moments of his showbiz career, he remains a class act all the way.

  18. Mordred La Fey - April 6, 2005 at 10:01 pm -

    “The real surprise in THE BREAD, MY SWEET, of course, is Scott Baio. Forget (if you can) his sitcom past and enjoy a deep rich performance here. Baio perfectly captures the anguish and anxieties of a man being pulled in multiple directions and by different expectations. Whether living the role of a Fortune 500 executive or speaking with serene understanding among his problematic brothers, Baio invests the role with an emotional versatility that has never been seen in any of his previous performances. In small moments when his parallel worlds overlap, such as a boardroom meeting where he places a handful of macadamia nuts on a table and comments on their effectiveness in baking, Scott Baio comes alive with a subtle depth that clearly states what a truly fine actor he is.”
    (Phil Hall, FILM THREAT)

  19. Mordred La Fey - April 25, 2005 at 9:36 pm -

    No other recent visitors in this blogger page, huh? Sincerely hoped that me and Stefanie didn’t completely ruin it for you, Paul. Look on the bright side. Thanks to us, your page now contains some uniquely refreshing and pretty insightful data about SCOTT BAIO. It should be a lot more interesting to read than the often uncouth celebrity-bashing diatribes from envious hatemongering jerks.

    Obviously, I feel quite gravely that Scott was and continues to be wrongfully maligned in his personal life and professional career during recent years. Ignorant creeps overflowing with venomous self-loathing attempt to give bogus meaning to their already pathetic existences by denigrating and slandering him.
    (In the similar way that racists oppressed blacks and non-whites. Or the same manner that Nazis persecuted Jews in WW2 Europe. Heck, any Baio-hater must be a true descendant of the bloodthirsty mob which lustily cheered for the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.)

  20. Mordred La Fey - April 25, 2005 at 10:12 pm -

    The habitual mistake of such brainless goons is to unfavorably contrast SCOTT BAIO with other more famous stars of another generation whose popular successes lie in a totally different realm alltogether (Cruise, DiCaprio, et al). It doesn’t make legitimate sense to engage in this kind of unequitable juxtapositions. A fair evaluation of Scott Baio must be placed in the proper context by locating him among his fellow teen idols and young actors who also rose to prominence during the late 1970s or early 1980s (preceding the Brat Pack era).

    Within such a control group, Matt Dillon emerges as the valedictorian for having won a 1989 Independent Spirit Best Lead Actor prize in Gus Van Sant’s “Drugstore Cowboy”. (John Travolta doesn’t really count here because his 1977 Oscar nomination for “Saturday Night Fever” immediately established him in a distinct category of his own. As a direct consequence, he was unalterably segregated apart from this period’s regular cluster of Tiger Beat poster boys. The same explanation goes for Timothy Hutton who received a 1980 Oscar as Best Supporting Actor in “Ordinary People”.)

    At the opposite end of the spectrum is Martin Hewitt who started right with Franco Zeffirelli’s “Endless Love” but finished off his career with Alexander Gregory Hippolyte’s softporn erotic thrillers. (Still, he fared better than Stephen Geoffreys of “Fright Night” who later acted in gayporn videos as Sam Ritter!)

    Thus, somewhere between Dillon and Hewitt would fall Scott Baio and his peers like Christopher Atkins, Michael Damian, Leif Garrett, Lance Kerwin, Jimmy McNichol, Parker Stevenson, etc. Many of them have disappeared from showbiz.

    Only a few have persisted and survived despite numerous obstacles. John Schneider moved from “Dukes of Hazzard” to “Smallville”. Shaun Cassidy produced “American Gothic” and “The Agency” while Jonathan Prince created “American Dreams” (featuring Joseph “Joey” Lawrence in a semi-regular part).

    And SCOTT BAIO would have been the second former teen idol to earn an Independent Spirit Best Lead Actor award (in “The Bread, My Sweet”), if not for the rampant leftwing prejudice within the industry against Republican-voting artists. Nevertheless, he still managed to win accolades in the Atlantic City Film Festival, the Kansas City Halfway To Hollywood Film Festival and the San Diego Film Festival.

  21. Mordred La Fey - May 13, 2005 at 9:34 pm -

    “Scott Baio, still best known for his fresh-faced adolescent stint on ‘Happy Days’, gives an impressively soulful, genuinely romantic and, for lack of a better word, masculine performance in THE BREAD, MY SWEET – one that should persuade the industry to take another look at him.”
    (James Verniere, THE BOSTON HERALD)

  22. Mordred La Fey - May 22, 2005 at 9:43 pm -

    Really hate to see all this prime internet blogger space go empty for nothing, Paul. Therefore, let’s continue the insightful discussions regarding SCOTT BAIO.

    When one seriously thinks about it, Scott has proven himself luckier than other showbiz veterans in this particular sense: he suffers no unfavorably direct comparisons to any of the better known or more successful actors and actresses who’ve performed with him.

    What does one mean by “unfavorably direct comparisons”? Let’s cite a few classic examples:

    Peter Scolari in relation to Tom Hanks (“Bossom Buddies”).

    Ron Palillo, Robert Heyges and Laurence-Hilton Jacobs in relation to John Travolta (“Welcome Back, Kotter”).

    Peter DeLuise, Dustin Nguyen and Richard Grieco in relation to Johnny Depp (“21 Jump Street”).

    Kirk Cameron and Jeremy Miller in relation to Leonardo DiCaprio (“Growing Pains”).

    Ralph Macchio (“The Karate Kid”) in relation to Hilary Swank (“The Next Karate Kid”).
    Okay, so they didn’t work together. But it still ain’t good news when the successor to your most famous role later becomes a two-time Academy Award winner.
    (Just imagine how Kristy Swanson must have felt everytime she watched the cult TV series “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” with Sarah Michelle Gellar in the lead role she previously originated on film.)

    Next time, we’ll delve further into Mr. Baio’s uniquely fortunate situation.

  23. Mordred La Fey - May 22, 2005 at 10:22 pm -

    May SCOTT BAIO be similarly contrasted to other future breakout stars in such an unfavorably direct light???
    Not really, as you shall witness.

    Jodie Foster? A two-time Oscar recepient like Hilary Swank. But good friends as they are, she and Mr. Baio worked together in only two movies: “Bugsy Malone” and “Foxes”. Afterwards, she pursued a film career while he concentrated mainly on television. Apples and oranges. No fair comparisons between the two of them.

    Ron Howard?? Academy Award winning director. The original lead star of “Happy Days” until his role was ultimately eclipsed by Henry Winkler’s more popular “Fonzie” or “The Fonz”. When it comes to Ron’s greatly deserved artistic triumphs, Scott ought to feel even less jealous of him than Anson Williams (“Potsie”) and Donny Most (“Ralph”) who initially formed the central quartet of the show together with Fonzie and Richie Cunningham. By virtue of their closer proximity, Williams and Most suffered unfavorable comparisons to Howard more directly and detrimentally than Baio (in the very same manner that the 3 other Sweathogs did with Travolta in “Kotter”).

    Ted McGinley??? Both he and Scott were later additions to the “Happy Days” cast. Now, Ted plays Faith Ford’s husband in “Hope and Faith”. A reliable yet unexceptional television actor who lacks the necessary star presence to carry a series all by himself. (That’s why he’s often relegated to supporting parts in “The Love Boat”, “Dynasty” and “Married With Children”.)

    Who else???? Erin Moran also from “Happy Days” and then “Joanie Loves Chachi”?!?!?
    (Correction: Joanie once loved Chachi. But now everyone still loves Chachi. Nobody remembers Joanie. Poor Joanie’s envious of Chachi.)

    Willie Aames of “Charles In Charge” and the film “Zapped”?!?!?!?
    (From butt-baring in “Paradise” to bible-thumping as “Bibleman” and now belly-bulging in “The Biggest Loser: Celebrity Edition”.)

    Charlie Schlatter who replaced him in “Diagnosis Murder”?!?!?!?!?
    (Charlie once starred in a forgotten teen melodrama entitled “The Delinquents” with Aussie pop siren Kylie Minogue. She certainly fared much better than he did. By “light years”.)

    See what I mean.
    In this uniquely fortunate sense, Mr. SCOTT BAIO has luckily managed to escape unfavorable (and unflattering) direct comparisons with any of his past co-stars whether they have remained professionally stagnant or gone on to better things.

  24. ritchie - May 29, 2005 at 2:40 pm -

    richie hates chachi

  25. Mordred La Fey - June 20, 2005 at 10:01 pm -

    “Scott Baio is fantastic in one of his first major film roles, ‘THE BREAD, MY SWEET’.”
    (THE POPKORN JUNKIES)

  26. Marcus - June 20, 2005 at 10:07 pm -

    “Baio’s At His Best In ‘THE BREAD, MY SWEET’….Scott Baio simply shines as Dominic.”
    (Michael O’Sullivan, THE WASHINGTON POST)

  27. Mordred La Fey - June 20, 2005 at 10:17 pm -

    “Scott Baio gives a surprisingly deep and convincing performance in ‘THE BREAD, MY SWEET'”.
    (Eric Mender, FILM JOURNAL)

  28. Marcus - June 24, 2005 at 7:42 pm -

    “Scott Baio still looks younger than his 42 years but he’s definitely outgrown Chachi and has a warm, mature screen presence in ‘THE BREAD, MY SWEET’.”
    (Jim Lane, SACRAMENTO NEWS AND REVIEWS)

  29. Mordred La Fey - July 18, 2005 at 10:14 pm -

    “Former sitcom veteran Scott Baio is terrific in this lead role from ‘THE BREAD, MY SWEET’. He shifts effortlessly between manipulative and sincere, especially when pitching his idea for the marriage to Lucca.”
    (John Niccum, LAWRENCE.COM)

  30. Pauly D - July 19, 2005 at 7:46 am -

    This entry is like my own personal “who’s saying what about Scott Baio” up-to-date wire service.

    I love it!

  31. Mordred La Fey - August 24, 2005 at 9:26 pm -

    WHY SO MUCH HATRED AGAINST POOR SCOTT BAIO?
    (Part 1)

    Yolanda, one of the visitors to your old blogger page, had asked a very good question which ultimately deserves a truthful response.

    No doubt, it would be nice to think that psychotic Baio-haters are just really envious dweebs who never got laid in high school or college (and still cannot function sexually until now) because all the pretty girls they knew made sadistic fun of their little manhoods while daydreaming about Chachi on “Happy Days”. Those pathetic losers were completely traumatized by their humiliating adolescent experiences so they swore hysterical vengeance upon innocent Scott many years afterward.

    In the face of such major nut jobs, what else is there for a beloved celebrity and showbiz professional like Scott Baio to do?

    However, there could be a whole lot more to this situation than first meets the eye.

  32. Mordred La Fey - August 24, 2005 at 9:47 pm -

    WHY SO MUCH HATRED AGAINST POOR SCOTT BAIO?
    (Part 2)

    Why then do various creeps and jerks irrationally hate Scott Baio when he’s not guilty of any personal wrongdoing against them??

    One might as well seek the related answers to other intriguing show business questions:

    Why did Shannen Doherty of “Beverly Hills 90210” and “Charmed” evoke similar public animosity from venomous hate groups?

    Why was Tom Selleck of “Magnum PI” forced to endure being skewered as a guest by lesbian Rosie O’Donnell on her daytime talk show?

    Why does action star Chuck Norris of “Walker: Texas Ranger” get mocked regularly by emasculated geek Conan O’ Brien during his late night program?

    Why did film legend Charlton Heston’s Alzheimer’s disease become the subject of a very mean-spirited joke from George Clooney (who really ought to have been more considerate of a veteran industry stalwart nearing his life’s end)?

    Why was box-office star Bruce Willis of “Moonlighting” once the favorite whipping boy of the entertainment tabloids during his marriage to Demi Moore for a number of years prior to the hit movie “The Sixth Sense”?

    Why do a lot of people still resent California’s Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger inspite of his electoral victory and longtime marriage to Maria Kennedy Shriver?

    Why did Hollywood produce a highly controversial made-for-television movie about the late U.S. President Ronald Reagan and his widow First Lady Nancy Reagan during the period when their family had been keeping a death bed vigil over the gravely ill former screen actor?

  33. Mordred La Fey - August 24, 2005 at 10:14 pm -

    WHY SO MUCH HATRED AGAINST POOR SCOTT BAIO?
    (Part 3)

    The common element glaringly present within all these specific cases is that the unfortunate victims of such malicious hatred are HOLLYWOOD REPUBLICANS. Doherty, Selleck, Norris, Heston, Willis, Schwarzenegger, the Reagans plus numerous industry talents whose own stories of persecution have yet to be fully uncovered.

    “Why sooo much hatred against Scott Baio?” Yolanda asked. Because he’s one of them. Mr. Scott Baio is a quiet and vulnerable Hollywood Republican.
    (It also doesn’t help that Scott remains the most popular and beloved former teen idol coming out of the 1980s. Nasty individuals treat with more vicious hatred any iconic figure or personality connected to the Reagan decade. They seem to resent that era so much to the point of wanting to destroy anybody or anything which painfully reminds them of it.)

    In this world, crazy people need to hate others for the selfish purpose of making themselves feel better and superior. Racist bigots hated non-whites. The Nazis hated the Jews. Islamafascist terrorists hate any proponents of modern Western civilization. And of course, leftwing fanatics suffering Post Election Selection Trauma (P.E.S.T.) hate innocent politically right-of-center famous artists or celebrities.

    Under these given circumstances, it really ain’t easy to be Scott Baio.

  34. Helena - August 31, 2005 at 3:30 pm -

    I still can’t believe he called me a whore. And that I continue to see it in the results of my bi-weekly vanity Google. *sigh*

  35. Mordred La Fey - September 4, 2005 at 10:27 pm -

    “Scott Baio, who plays a part-time baker and full-time corporate big wig, is quite good in ‘THE BREAD, MY SWEET’. He exudes a naturalism, a compelling conviction that gives depth and meaning to the lines he delivers.”
    (Bob Longino, THE ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION)

  36. Mordred La Fey - September 12, 2005 at 9:46 pm -

    CHACHI’S NEW “DEVELOPMENT” DEAL

    The “Happy Days” – obsessed masterminds of “Arrested Development” have tapped Scott Baio to take over as the madcap Bluth family’s new legal counsellor during season 3.

    Henry Winkler, who’s starring in his own CBS sitcom “Out Of Practice” this fall, likely won’t be around to continue his recurring role as incompetent lawyer Barry Zuckercorn in the FOX sitcom.

    So with the Fonz no longer available, the Emmy-winning show is turning to Charles-in-Charge.

    FOX confirms that Baio, who played Fonzie’s young cousin Chachi for several years on “Happy Days”, will guest-star as another lawyer retained by the Bluth family to deal with their myriad legal problems. Thus far, he is set for just one episode playing a character named Bob Loblaw.

    “I got the call on Friday,” Scott tells E! Online TV columnist Kristin Veitch. “I play their new attorney who’s taking over for Barry. And I’m just there to represent the family in whatever’s going on in this nutty show.”

    Baio’s character will have some pretty low standards to live down to. In “Arrested Development”, Winkler as Zuckercorn has managed to stay employed despite utterly inept lawyering and potentially deviant behavior.

    Scott Baio’s casting extends the “Happy Days” lineage of “Arrested Development” that includes Ron Howard (erstwhile Richie Cunningham) who produces the series through his Imagine Entertainment and also serves as the show’s deadpan narrator as well as Henry Winkler who’s appeared in more than a dozen episodes over the past two seasons.”

    (September 6 and 7, 2005 courtesy of ZAPZIT TV NEWS and E! ONLINE NEWS.)

  37. Mordred La Fey - October 7, 2005 at 9:55 pm -

    “And in an image-changing turn, former kid star Scott Baio delivers a terrifically-assured performance in ‘THE BREAD, MY SWEET’. It’s the biggest surprise in a sweet movie.”
    (Robert Horton, AMAZON.COM EDITORIAL REVIEW)

  38. Mordred La Fey - October 23, 2005 at 10:18 pm -

    “Perhaps the biggest surprise in ‘THE BREAD, MY SWEET’ to those who know only his string of sitcoms, will be Scott Baio. He delivers a mature, grounded performance and is wholly believable as a man gropingly trying to figure out how he screwed up what’s most important in life.”
    (Bill O’Driscoll, THE PITTSBURGH CITY PAPER)

  39. Mordred La Fey - November 2, 2005 at 9:25 pm -

    “Park the ‘Charles In Charge’ wisecracks at the door because Scott Baio is the best thing going for ‘THE BREAD, MY SWEET’. Director Melissa Martin gets a solid performance out of Baio.”
    (John Monaghan, THE DETROIT FREE PRESS)

  40. Mordred La Fey - November 13, 2005 at 9:23 pm -

    “I cannot stress enough what a great performance Scott Baio gives in ‘THE BREAD, MY SWEET’. He was perfect for the role and no big name actor could have done it any better. His charisma is vital to making the relationship between Lucca and Dominic develop in a realistic and moving way.”
    (Wes Bennett, DR. MOVIE MOVIE)

  41. Mordred La Fey - November 22, 2005 at 8:18 pm -

    “Realistic dialogue and convincing performances, especially by Rosemary Prinz and Scott Baio, give ‘THE BREAD, MY SWEET’ its soul. The film is at its most powerful in tight quarters when for example Baio’s Dominic asks Massimo for Lucca’s hand in marriage. Scott Baio looks away, nervous but almost expressionless, during the conversation which is stripped of any affectation or Hollywood dressing up.”
    (Jonathan Curiel, THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE)

  42. Mordred La Fey - December 7, 2005 at 9:02 pm -

    “The story of ‘THE BREAD, MY SWEET’ centers on Dominic, played with a nice blend of confidence and vulnerability by Scott Baio, a young executive who is making a bundle in the mergers and acquisitions business.”
    (Margaret A. McGurk, THE CINCINATTI INQUIRER)

  43. Mordred La Fey - December 16, 2005 at 8:15 pm -

    “Scott Baio, whose role as television’s Chachi has forever doomed him to trivia-game-answer status, delivers a highly effective and restrained performance as Dominic Pyzola in ‘THE BREAD, MY SWEET’, a young Italian-American who divides his working time between serving as a ruthless acquisitions executive for a big corporation and baking biscotti in the family bakery that he also manages.”
    (Frank Scheck, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER)

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