(PEOPLE) Scott Baio grew up on the set of Happy Days, and now he is sharing his memories of Tom Bosley, the ultimate TV dad, who died Tuesday at age 83.
"He was always a father to us, both on screen, of course, and backstage. He was always giving us advice - little pieces of wisdom, whether it was about acting or finances or life in general," Baio, 50, who played The Fonz's cousin Chachi Arcola, tells PEOPLE. "He played that father part so well because that is who he was. I don't know what he was like at home, but in my mind and I think for the rest of us on Happy Days, there was very little distinction between Tom, the man, and Mr. C, the character.
"He was also an incredibly calm guy. He never got rattled. I think that was a really important aspect to Happy Days, where so many of us were so young. He was a very grounding influence on us.
"If you think about every TV father that has come since has had a little bit of Mr. C in him. The dad from the Family Guy is basically just Mr. C without a filter. And everyone was touched by him too. You go up to a 5-year-old and mention Mr. C, they will probably know who you are talking about. Tom Bosley may have passed, but through that part and that character, a part of him will live on forever."
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Opening up to the media, Scott Baio recounted one of the worst moments of his life. Just one day after being born, doctors told Scott that his baby girl, Bailey, had tested positive for GA-1, a metabolic disorder that can cause seizures and lead to coma and death. Scott and his wife recalled the terrible times that they had early on with the knowledge of this news. However, doctors eventually discovered that the result was false and Scott's baby girl is as healthy as ever.
Scott Baio will appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" tonight on ABC (Monday January 7th, 2008) at 12:02/11:05 Central time. Other guests will include Kathy Griffin and musical guests Velvet Revolver. Tune in to hear Scott talk about his new VH1 show "Scott Baio is 46…and Pregnant" and hear him talk about all of his upcoming events.
For more information regarding tonight's show please visit "Jimmy Kimmel Live" online at http://www.ABC.com
If you couldn't get enough of Scott in season one of 'Scott Baio is 45 and Single' then you’re in luck. Sunday January 13th at 10pm EST tune in to VH1 where you will see the season premiere of Scott's new show 'Scott Baio is 46 and Pregnant'.
In the premiere episode, having just learned at the end of season 1 that his girlfriend, Renee, was pregnant, Scott calls his entourage for a late night meeting where he confesses that his life is over as well as his uncertainties about becoming a father. The boys try their best to cheer him up, but in the end Scott's old life coach, Doc Ali, saves the day by setting him up with a Daddy's 2 Be Class.
Watch episodes from season one visit Scott Baio on VH1.com
"SCOTT BAIO IS 45… AND SINGLE"
Viewers Will Get An Inside Look At The Life Of Scott Baio As He Hires A Life Coach And Embarks On A Soul Searching Journey In The Name Of Love & Commitment
Series Premieres Sunday, July 15 At 10:30 PM*
Santa Monica, CA, May 29, 2007 – Over the past 25 years, Scott Baio has lived a life that all red-blooded American males' would sell their big screen TV, car and soul for, a jaw-dropping roster of sexy ex-girlfriends that would even make Warren Beatty jealous. This extensive line-up of Hollywood honeys includes: Heather Locklear, Pamela Anderson, Denise Richards and Nicolette Sheridan among many others.
At 45, Scott finds himself in the midst of a mid-life crisis wondering why he's still single and unable to settle down even with his current girlfriend Renee, a woman he loves and who is perfect in his eyes. It’s time for Scott to confront his commitment phobias or settle into the life of a bachelor who is forever searching for the perfect "unobtainable" woman.
With nowhere else to turn, Scott has decided to fully surrender the next eight weeks of his life for some exhaustive introspection with the highly-regarded life-coach, Dr. Alison Arnold, otherwise known as "Doc Ali". Doc Ali will guide him on a grueling, soul-searching mission; forcing him to confront a laundry list of old flames in order to hopefully get to the heart of his lonely heart condition. To get to the core of his problem, Scott will be forced to revisit ex-girlfriends, take a vow of celibacy and take a break from his current girlfriend Renee while he goes on his soul-searching journey.
In each episode, Scott will have to confront another chapter from his semi-sordid past by actually reconnecting with some of his most substantial and combustible flames in order to get the bottom of his bad-boy behavior. With the help of his long-time pals, Scott will sift through the wreckage of his past and endure an assortment of life-altering activities (including abstinence) in order to finally earn the chance at actually maintaining a meaningful, stable, healthy relationship. After 8 weeks of self-discovery, Scott must make a decision: will he commit to marrying Renee or to being a life-long bachelor? Viewers will witness Scott Baio's soul-searching journey first hand as he tries to figure out why "Scott Baio is 45… And Single".
"Scott Baio is 45... And Single" is created by Eric Bischoff and Jason Hervey of Bischoff Hervey Entertainment who serve as executive producers along with Scott Baio. Executive producers for 3 Ball Productions are JD Roth, Todd A. Nelson and Adam Greener. Jeff Olde, Claire McCabe and Michael Hirschorn oversee the series for VH1.
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On July 11, 2007, CMG Worldwide launched the official Web site for one of the most beloved television stars of all time, Scott Baio. The site contains a wealth of personal and career-related information for Baio's fans, both young and old, as well as information for potential business partners.
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