From a current television hunk (Robbie Amell) to one from several decades ago....
Don't judge me, but one of the boxes under my Christmas tree was the complete series of The Facts Of Life. I remember it vaguely on Saturday nights when I was a kid, but remember distinctly watching the repeats that used to run at 4:30pm after I got home from school. My younger brother also remembered this, so although a little embarrassed while opening it, I was not unhappy to take my box home with when I headed back home.
Making my through some of the show's early episodes I came upon two episodes featuring the adorable Jimmy Baio as Buzz. Child star Baio was 20 at the time of his two appearances on Facts and a little research uncovered these two episodes were actually the pilot for a spin-off The Academy that NBC eventually decided not to pick up.
Jimmy's cousin Scott seemed to have gotten the lions share of attention from the teen set, maybe partly because Jimmy usually kept his shirt on when Tiger Beat came a'calling. Jimmy was equally adorable though and he was very affective as the Academy's resident player, charming almost everyone he came across. Baio might be known to most for his role on Soap in the early 80's but after the show's cancellation, Baio most did the guest rounds on shows from Matt Houston, Matlock and Too Close For Comfort.
Fantasy Island 1979
I have no idea what Baio is up to today, but his smooth line delivery and New York accent would have fit in well on The Soprano's. Although he basically stopped acting in the 80's, it is interesting to see he appeared briefly as a waiter in the 1996 Barbra Streisand film, The Mirror Has Two Faces. I will have to look closely for him the next time the movie has a television airing.
'Mike has such a connection with the camera; I didn't have to direct him at all. Just natural talent, or... exhibitionism - because it was only a matter of a few more minutes before Mike jumped in the shower!'
You'll have to forgive the pun in the post title, but in the case of Male Model Photography's images of Mike, it was really hard to resist. We all know the term knocked out, either to be taken back by one's beauty or hotness or to be literally knocked out as in unconscious. In Mike's case either meaning would fit.
I have featured a few doctors on FH before, at least two models that I remember and several MD's for whom use photography as a creative outlet. Although I am sure there have been a few artists who have had me nodding off from time to time, I am pretty sure I have ever profiled an anesthesiologist, especially one as hot as Mike. I think I would be fighting sleep hard if looking into Mike's incredible eyes as I was counting back from 10.
Mike has an powerful sexual aura that exudes within his work and images. It flows from the tip of his spiked hair, in his eyes and down every inch of his amazing body. It was that spiked hair that actually initially drew Hugh's attention. Hugh was set to shoot another model he had been corresponding with when Mike dropped in. 'I was struck by his outrageous hair! But I thought - what a great handsome face and interesting look.' It was suggested to Hugh that he shoot Mike instead and it wasn't long before Mike had stripped down to his Andrew Christian jockstrap and the shooting began!
'I was amazed myself at the quality of that first shoot, and give 99% of the credit to Mike. We did a second shoot on a windy day in Long Beach, Long Island, which also produced some fine shots of him on the beach on a jetty.'
Hugh and Mike had a third shoot planned in January to take place at an abandoned water works factory on Long Island. Unbeknownst to them, the place has been demolished a while ago. Hugh reports that it was so windy and freezing with poor Mike standing around outside in his bottomless pants. They eventually moved to Mike's home, but it was under construction and the conditions were only slightly better than when they were outside. Hugh and Mike did return to shoot, today in fact, and I will be sure to let you know how this forth shoot turned out!