Willie Aames - Biography

Last Modified: Nov 8, 2022

Willie Aames
Nick Name: Buddy
Profession: Actor, Screenwriter
Best Known For: Eight Is Enough (TV series), Charles in Charge (TV series)
Salary: Under Review
Net Worth: $100K

Personal Details

Born on : July 15, 1960 (age 63)
Birth Name /
Full Name:
Albert William Upton
Birth Place: Newport Beach, California, USA
Horoscope: Cancer
Father's Name: James Tweedy Upton
Mother's Name: Eva Jean Upton
Siblings: 3

Kim Upton (older sister)
Jimmy Tweedy Upton (older brother)
Ronald Walker Upton (older brother)

High School: Edison High School
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Nationality: American


Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Married Date: March 21, 2014
Wife's Name: Winnie Hung

Victoria Weatherman (1979-1984)
Maylo McCaslin (1986-2009)

Children: 2

Christopher William Upton (son)
Harleigh Jean Upton (daughter)

Body Measurements

Height: 1.68 meter (5 feet 6 inch)
Weight: N/A
Hair Color: Light Brown
Eye Color: Hazel
Shoe Size: N/A
Bicep Size: N/A
Chest Size: N/A
Waist Size: N/A

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Who is Willie Aames?

Willie Aames is a professional actor, screenwriter, TV director, TV producer, and American national. He is well known for starring in Eight Is Enough as Tommy Bradford, in Charles in Charge as Buddy Lembeck, and Bibleman.

Willie Aames – Age, Parents, Siblings

Willie Aames’ birth took place on July 15, 1960, in Newport Beach, California, USA. He was born Albert William Upton to father James Tweedy Upton and mother Eva Jean Upton. 

He is not the only child of his parents and has an older sister named Kim Upton. His other siblings included older brothers Jimmy Tweedy Upton and Ronald Walker Upton.

young Willie Aames (Image: Pinterest)

Education, Ethnicity

For education, Willie Aames attended Edison High School in Huntington Beach, California. There he was a member of the choir and the Madrigal Ensemble. Growing up he wanted to become a marine biologist.

His ethnicity is Caucasian.

Willie Aames – Girlfriend, Wife, Children, Divorce

He has been married three times. His first wife is Victoria Weatherman and was married to her from 15 December 1979 to 1984. They have one child together, son Christopher William Upton, who was born on 25 June 1981.

Following the divorce, he met actress Maylo McCaslin on the set of 1985’s Rocky Road. After more than a year of dating, he got engaged to his girlfriend and married her on 15 March 1986. With his wife, he has a daughter Harleigh Jean Upton, born on 21 July 1990. After 23 years of blissfulness, the marriage ended in divorce in 2009.

Currently, Willie Aames is married to Winnie Hung, having tied the knot on 21 March 2014. Hung was his fan and pen pal for thirty years and had finally met in Vancouver after Aames had written to her.

Willie Aames, Winnie Hung (Image: Facebook - posted Feb 2020)

Willie Aames – Career

Child Actor

Aames began acting in the late 1960s as a child actor, having landed his first commercial at the age of 7. His first appearances were in the shows Gunsmoke, The Wonderful World of Disney, Adam-12, and The Courtship of Eddie's Father

This was followed by roles in the TV series The Odd Couple as Leonard Unger, The Waltons, in the miniseries Benjamin Franklin, Swiss Family Robinson, etc.

Finally, in 1974 Willie Aames was cast as Tommy Bradford in the comedy-drama series Eight Is Enough, in which he starred from 1977 to 1981.

Films, Series

In his adult years Aames has portrayed characters in Dungeons & Dragons (1983-1985), Charles in Charge (1984-1990), Bibleman (1995-2003), and as himself in MacMillan River Adventures (2007), Celebrity Fit Club: Boot Camp (2005, 2008), among others.

In recent films Willie Aames has been involved in the Hallmark channel and has played in the Hallmark movies Harvest Moon (2015), Dater's Handbook (2016), Every Christmas Has A Story (2016), and Love on the Menu (2019).

Willie Aames and Jennifer Runyon co-starred in Charles in Charge (Image: IMDb)


On Love on the Menu, Willie Aames has starred alongside Autumn Reeser, Kavan Smith, Barbara Niven, Yvonne Chapman, and David Lennon.

Willie Aames – Net Worth, Salary

His net worth is estimated to be around $100 thousand while the figure on his annual salary is not known. 

In a 2017 interview with Studio 10, he revealed that although he was a child celebrity, due to his poor choices he went from “eating at the White House to sleeping in the bushes.” and he lost “everything”.

Willie Aames – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

On social media handles, Instagram and Facebook Willie Aames is followed by over a thousand followers while his Instagram is maintained private. He is absent from Twitter.

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