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Former Child Star Willie Aames Now Working On A Cruise Ship

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Times are tough for former child star Willie Aames. But at least he's enjoying life!

The Eight Is Enough, Charles in Charge and Celebrity Fit Club star has had a troubled past dealing with drugs, suicide attempts, and living in financial ruin.

In 2008, he had debts totaling over $350,000 and declared bankruptcy. He had lost his home and even admitted to sleeping under bushes at one point.

But now the actor is back on his feet, currently working as an assistant cruise director for Oceania Cruises. He says:

"I'd hit rock bottom and now I'm back on top. I'm almost done with my training, and I absolutely love spending time with the guests, assisting as an escort on tours and hosting tables. It's like working for a top hotel on the high seas."

As long as he's happy…

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46 comments to “Former Child Star Willie Aames Now Working On A Cruise Ship”

  1. 1

    at least he's working

  2. 2

    He used to live 20 minutes from me and was doing great! Wonder what happened?

  3. 3

    Where will you be in 10 or 20 years, perez? probably asking "would you like fries with that?". He was a child star. He grew up, hit financial hardship due to overspending like millions of americans do every single day, and suffered for a while. He has a job, he's making money, he isn't relying on others.

    What's so bad about having a regular job? What should he do instead, in your opinion? Write fucking tell-alls or something like other child stars do? Nah, this guy got a real job, where he has to actually work. You should be applauding him.

  4. 4

    Hey Mario, you should send him your resume, you'll probably need a job soon. Hope they hire college drop outs…

  5. 5

    Good for him! I can think of worse things to happen.

  6. 6

    Assistant Cruise Director is a very well-paying job. Free room, food, travel, health care, and a posh social life– don't knock it! :D

  7. 7

    At least he's working unlike that worthless cun*t Lindsay Lohan.

  8. exBFF says – reply to this


    Good for him. It's hard enough to get your life back together. Props to the guys for getting a real job.

  9. 9

    I thought he was going through training to be a financial adviser??

  10. 10

    Mario, his hard work is much more honorable than what you do. He actually works a real job. You get paid to destroy people’s lives and exploit their hardships. You can’t possibly be talking smack about someone with a legitimate job, you ignorant prick.

  11. 11

    Poor guy. He's got a great voice though, he should do some voiceover work. I remember his voice on the Dungeons and Dragons cartoon and he was great.

  12. 12

    Good for him. Someone like that Lohan girl, who's ego is bigger than the Sears Tower would just resort to dealing drugs and turning tricks. I hope nothing for the best for Willie. Not everyone overcomes addiction in a positive manner.

  13. tasha says – reply to this


    Good for him. It's better then working as some scumbag blogger that the entire world hates.

  14. 14

    What kind of CRAPPY comment is 'As long as he's happy'. He really fell flat on his face - publicly and I'm really happy that he isn't one of those celebrities that feels too entitled to work. I loved him on Eight is Enough and am glad that he has picked himself up and sounds happy instead of continuing to spiral!!! GOOD FOR HIM!

  15. 15

    I say, GOOD FOR HIM!! He was once a childhood star and his acting career came to an end. Maybe some other former actors should follow in his footsteps instead of doing nothing but getting into trouble and abusing drugs and alcohol. Good for you Willie Ames!

  16. 16

    Good for him! Instead of wallowing in self pity, he found a fun and creative way to earn $
    Wish him the best!

  17. 17

    Good for him! Good to see he has landed on his feet.

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  19. 19

    and you blog about other people's lives for a living, behind a computer.

  20. 20

    Good for him. Sounds like a decent job. He's supporting himself, making people happy.

  21. 21

    Your average Joe goes through at least a couple of career changes in their life, by choice, or by circumstance. Many child stars grow up and just can't make it as an adult and most other positions they frown upon as not being "good enough". Luckily Willie is learning that it is OK to accept something that is fun and enjoyable even if it is not seen by assholes (Perez) as being good enough. Believe it or not, a lot of people would love to be able to work aboard a cruise ship in a position such as his. See the world, meet lots of new people. I'm proud of Willie

  22. ass says – reply to this


    "As long as he's happy"
    Perez, it's backhanded comments like this that show exactly what kind of a piece of shit human being you are.

  23. 23


  24. Jai says – reply to this


    Sailing around on a luxurious cruise ship….. sounds better than being stuck in an office.

  25. 25

    Good for him. So many others would think they deserve everything rather than work for things like most of us. Good for you Willie!

  26. 26

    I am happy for him and hope it is something that he enjoys. I bet he does a fabulous job.

  27. 27

    Really Mario? As long as he is happy? What would you be doing if not kissing stars' a@@es to try to sneak in a photo with them? Do you have a degree in anything other than being disgusting and ugly? At least this guy has a job. Where will you be in 5-10 years Mario? It cracks me up that you are trying so hard to be a celebrity yet you have no talent. Stick to your blog fata@@.

  28. 28

    Finally a happy story; I hope he doesn't relapse out on the High Seas…

  29. 29

    Re: lulu1975 – That's Tori Spelling's brother Randy, the "Never Worked a Day in his Life", drug addicted, financial failure is now giving advice to others as a "Life & Financial Counselor" in Century City, CA. I think he studied under some guy named Madoff…

  30. 30

    Good for him. I don't know of any actors, who started as children, that continuously got work throughout their whole lives. Props to him for working instead of begging for donations like that scumbag Saved By The Bell dude.

  31. 31

    yeah fatso at least he's happy working a real job making an honest living unlike you making a living spreading lies and making a living off of other people's misery…but as long as you're happy RIGHT????

  32. 32

    "as long as he's happy", you are such an asshole Mario! I am now one of the HATERS!

  33. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: Staskeen – Perez actually has his BFA in Drama from New York University. Try gooooogle.

  34. 34

    Life isn't all about being famous. Poor pitiful average non celebrity people. We should all be ashamed at working at an average job and loving it.

  35. 35

    Re: nikitaolas – Well there is Daniel Radcliffe who seems to be working steadily and appears likely to continue to do so. He is smarter than most and has had smarter parents than most. Child stars need smart parents, and not many have them.

  36. 36

    He's working which is more then I can say for you when you are his age.. you will probably doing appearances in Atlantic City…

    At least he is making an honest living..

  37. 37

    Re: cookieookie – LOL I love it!! We must be peons compared to Perez and Gaga because you know everyone can just be a famous celebrity.

  38. 38

    now that's good attitude. well done! he could be a real draw and people will love him and he'll clean up in tips. cruse ships are like stages — they would be wise to find other assets like willie and give them good salaries to be on staff. people would go nuts for that. the 40-somethings who take cruises with their kids would take photos with him and put them on FB. they grew up with eight is enough. can't buy that. case in point - it's on perez hilton. i sure don't know about any other cruise director on any other cruise line (unless you count julie mccoy…..!) now get her and she could name her price! NOw get Lauren Tewes to do it and the marketing just takes care of itself.

  39. 39

    He's absolutely a winner considering a good bit of his past colleagues!!! Alive and happy is very successful!!!

  40. k-lee says – reply to this


    what do you have against former actors/actresses who ends doing ordinary jobs? hey, you never know, 5 years from now, you're probably working as a dishwasher in a hotel somewhere, you dick.

  41. 41

    why is that yikes?? i know people that have worked on cruise ships and have said it was one of the best experiences of their lives… just because hes not infront of a camera doesnt mean that hes not happy or even failed in life, for that matter…
    there are many child stars that go on to live normal adult lives…
    and atleast it will help him witha ny drug addictions he has.. cant bring any dope on the cruise.. and also none of the money is taxable… so… i think that its great for him… AND DONT U HAVE NEONE MORE INTERESTING 2 TALK ABOUT??

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  43. 43

    He's done everything possible (show-wise) to dump his life on the world. He'll make about $30,000 and cruise the world - just so long as it's not on TV !

  44. 44

    Good for him!

  45. 45

    Why yikes?? Its a decent job, at least he's making money and he's happy.

  46. 46

    A real job! Fucking good for him!
    I wish other former child actors would get one.
    Instead of being on reality TV.