The Life Game

Former teen idol Willie Aames finds love by responding to fan mail

If you grew up in the 1970s or 80s and had a television you will certainly remember Willie Aames as the actor who played Tommy Bradford in Eight is Enough and Buddy Lembeck in Charles in Charge. But like many other teen stars, Willie’s life spiraled downward.
Former teen idol Willie Aames shares his story of fame, homelessness, and finding love in the most surprising place ... as director of a cruise ship. (CBC)

If you grew up in the 1970s or 80s and had a television you will certainly remember Willie Aames as the actor who played Tommy Bradford in Eight is Enough and Buddy Lembeck in Charles in Charge. But like many other teen stars, Willie's life spiraled downward.

He struggled with addiction, lost all his money, and was living on the streets of Los Angeles. Fortunately that is not where his story ends. Willie Aames managed to start all over in a surprising new profession.

The improvisers for this episode are Jeff Gladstone, Tallulah Winkelman and Ryan Gladstone. This show was taped in front of a live audience at CBC studio in Vancouever.

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