Former teen star Willie Aames has a garage sale


If you’re looking for a good deal on some TV memorabilia, former “Eight is Enough” and “Charles in Charge” star Willie Aames might be able to help you out. The cash-strapped actor is holding a garage sale in order to save his foreclosed house. I hope Lindsay Lohan is paying attention to this story – this could be her someday soon!

Eight apparently wasn’t enough for Willie Aames.

The star of Charles in Charge and Eight Is Enough, after filing for bankruptcy last year and whose house is in foreclosure, has been reduced to holding a garage sale at his Olathe, Kan., home to raise some scratch.

Among the items on sale Thursday were antiques, artwork, a piano, leather couches, a TV set, a mounted lion’s head and other stuffed wildlife the 48-year-old had hunted, and movie memorabilia. Aames also signed autographs while and a film crew recorded the event for a TV documentary about his life, reports the Kansas City Star.

After his stints on TV and a self-admitted addiction to cocaine, the former child actor became religious and visited schools in a superhero costume as “Bibleman.” He moved to the Kansas City area in the 1990s, after filming a syndicated fishing show there.

[From People]

I remember him vaguely from the 70s and 80s, but I always used to get him confused with the other blond, curly haired kid who starred in “The Blue Lagoon” with Brooke Shields. I also remember that he could never say the name “Charles” correctly. It always sounded like he was saying “Chorles.” I have no idea how much money he owes on his house, but something tells me that if it’s already in foreclosure, a garage sale probably isn’t going to help much. Maybe he can move in with Gary Coleman or something.

Here’s Willie Aames with his wife in a promotional image for their book. Header is a still from Celebrity Fit Club 6: Boot Camp. Credit:

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  1. Dorothy says:

    He was on celebrity fit club a few years ago and was a total nut case with major rage issues! I always loved him on Charles in Charge!

    The guy from the Blue Lagoon was Chris Atkins who was just on Scott Baio’s show Confessions of a Teenage Idol!

  2. yadira says:

    Is he Buddy from Charles in Charge? I can’t really see his face under all those curls

  3. Dorothy says:


  4. Ellen Smith says:

    He looks awful.

  5. Meredith says:

    Wow, his wife is adorable!

  6. bittercup says:

    Who wants a clean house?

  7. Mme X says:

    very sad

  8. Tia says:

    poor guy, hopefully he will be doing better soon. We all need to remember we all have our moments and saying things like ‘he looks awful’ is not cool at all.. for petes sake he tried to commit suicide, he was obviously in a lot of pain.. lets have compassion for our fellow human being, not continue to put him down.. geeeezzzz… hang in there willy, this too shall pass.. :)

  9. gg says:

    I feel bad for him.

  10. Jag says:

    I’d feel worse for him if he hadn’t been killing lions and mounting their heads for his amusement.

  11. manda says:

    @ Tia–I see your point, he obviously has a lot of problems. But it seems to me he caused them with the decisions he made. I remember during his time on fit club (either on the show or in a magazine) it was revealed that he had money problems, and that was why he did the show. Maybe he should have started living within his means sooner.

  12. AppleGirl22 says:

    Aw. thats so sad.
    I never knew he attempted suicide.

    Is he dating anyone now? I hope at least he has somebody in his life to give him the moral support he needs during times like this.

  13. boomchakaboom says:

    All of us are but one step away from being in the same position, whether we realize it or not. I hope he finds some relief.

  14. Caz says:

    Used to have the biggest crush on Aames in 1982.

  15. Caz says:

    Also goes to show how fame is fleeting. Make the most of it, if you get it …

    PS. was such a hottie back in 1982.