Former child sitcom star Willie Aames recently joined the crew of an Oceania cruise ship as an assistant cruise director, according to several news sources.
You may recall Mr. Aames as Tommy Bradford in the sitcom Eight is Enough. He starred in a few movies and some other T.V. shows. At one point, he was reportedly making a million dollars a year.
But the make-believe life of young Tommy Bradford was in stark contrast to the real life woes of Willie Aames. He fell into some serious hard times, due to alcohol and drugs. The bank foreclosed on his house, his wife left him, and he became homeless. In 2008, he attempted suicide by cutting his throat after drinking a cocktail of Jack Daniels and pills while alone in a hotel room.
He is now clean and living a sober life. Good for him. But I am having a hard time imagining what the cruise line's human resources department was thinking when they read his resume: Child star, drug addict, born again Christian, ordained minister, furniture builder, suicide survivor, financial advisor, and bankruptcy petitioner.
Working on a cruise ship is a stressful job. Let's keep our fingers crossed and pray that Mr. Aames finds redemption on the high seas.
Photograph 2, sojoco.blogspot.com; photograph 3, National Enquirer.