Former child star Willie Aames has set sail on the high seas in a bid to get his career back on track - he's working as an assistant director on a cruise liner.
The Charles in Charge star declared himself bankrupt in 2008 after running up debts of over $350,000 (£233,330). He was also briefly homeless.
He then took on a job as a financial adviser to help others avoid the same pitfalls and now he has turned his life around as a top employee at Oceania.
Aames, 50, tells the National Enquirer, "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."
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Former child star Willie Aames is plotting to launch a new career as a financial adviser, one year after declaring bankruptcy.
The Charles In Charge star became homeless for a brief period in 2008 after claiming debts over $350,000 (GBP218,750), and survived a suicide attempt while suffering a deep depression.
He explains, "I was sleeping in parks I was sleeping in parking garages."
But he insists his fortunes have changed and now the 49 year old is working to help others avoid financial pitfalls.
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Former U.S. sitcom star Willie Aames is attempting to raise money and turn his life around following a suicide attempt last year (08) - by selling off his personal belongings to neighbours.
The cash-strapped Charles In Charge actor held a garage sale on Thursday (26Mar09) at his home in Olathe, Kansas - even signing autographs while haggling with bargain-hunters.
TV camera crews were there to film the sale, where Aames sold a variety of items including antiques, artwork, a piano, mounted deer heads and TV and movie memorabilia.
Aames attempted to take his own life last November (08) by ingesting a cocktail of alcohol and pills and slashing his throat after suffering a breakdown in Los Angeles.
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Former U.S. sitcom star Willie Aames is battling back after surviving a suicide attempt on Thanksgiving Day (27Nov08).
The 46-year-old Charles in Charge actor took a cocktail of alcohol and pills and slashed his throat after suffering a breakdown in Los Angeles.
In an interview with Star magazine, Aames reveals he hit rock bottom after he was declared bankrupt; had his car repossessed, and his wife of 22 years, Maylo, asked for a divorce - all within the space of a month.
He fled their Kansas home, rented a room in Los Angeles, and made an attempt on his life.
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Former U.S. sitcom star Willie Aames has filed for bankruptcy after running up an estimated $350,000 (GBP175,000) debt.
The 48 year old, best known for his role in 1980s show Charles in Charge, filed the paperwork in Kansas.
Aames has attempted to kickstart his career in recent years with an appearance on reality show Celebrity Fit Club and by writing a book, Grace is Enough, about his struggles with drugs and money - but documents obtained by TMZ.com suggest he was only paid a total of $29,000 (GBP14,500) for the two projects.
It's the latest woe for the fallen star; back in January (08), Aames and his young son were robbed at gunpoint in Hollywood. The thief escaped with just $15 (GBP7.50).
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American TV star Willie Aames "never once felt frightened" when a gun-wielding mugger robbed his family in Los Angeles earlier this month (Jan08).
The 47-year-old actor was out in Hollywood with his wife, Maylo Upton, and 27-year-old son Christopher when a man dressed in a black jacket and blue jeans threatened them with a firearm and demanded cash.
The stunned trio handed over their wallets and cash totalling just $15 (GBP7.50).
But Eight Is Enough star Aames insists he wasn't scared in the slightest.
Aames says, "He yelled, 'Which one of you wants to die?' I remained calm, moved closer, and he started backing off.
"I never once felt frightened."
American TV star Willie Aames has been left shaken after he and his son were robbed at gunpoint in Los Angeles on Monday night (07Jan08).
The actor, 47, was out in Hollywood with his 26-year-old son Christopher when a man dressed in a black jacket and blue jeans threatened them with a firearm and demanded cash. The stunned pair handed over their wallets and cash totalling just $15 (GBP7.50).
Aames, best known for his role as Buddy Lembeck on U.S. sitcom Charles in Charge, and Christopher were unharmed in the incident, reports TMZ.com.
A police investigation has now been launched into the robbery.
Another ill-conceived mish-mash of puerile humor and disingenuous sap from Adam Sandler's Happy Madison production company, "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star" features David Spade as a Hollywood has-been trying to recapture the childhood he never had in an attempt to win a comeback role as a "normal guy."
In what should have been a perfect role for his meager talents and snarky, one-note persona, Spade barely even tries to create a character beyond being crass, uncouth and insecure -- in short, his usual schtick -- and wearing gloves all the time as some short-hand attempt at eccentric paranoid psychoses.
The only effort put toward establishing his credibility as a former child star (beyond flashbacks of a young Dickie repeating the amusingly tasteless catch phrase "This is nucking futs!") is to ply the film with cameos by kiddie actors whose careers have faltered in adulthood. Dickie plays poker with Leif Garrett, Dustin "Screech" Diamond, Corey Feldman, Danny Bonaduce and Barry "Greg Brady" Williams, who places bets using "Brady Bunch" tchotchkes he claims are "worth at least $2 on eBay!"
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