Life and careerEdit
Eion Bailey grew up in the Santa Ynez Valley of California. His father owned a small airline service which flew people around the state. Eion tagged along on flights and his father gave him flying lessons after dropping off passengers. His first lesson was at the age of twelve.
When not flying or playing baseball, Eion and his friends frequented Solvang, a small tourist town nearby. He struggled in school until he found his calling in his high school drama department. Eion was soon performing in each school play and went on to study formally at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. Bailey also briefly attended Santa Barbara City College.
In 2007, Bailey was awarded a Daytime Emmy for his performance in the television movie Life of the Party. Bailey has also had recurring guest-starring roles on the TV series Dawson's Creek, Covert Affairs and ER.
He is perhaps best known for appearing in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, as Pvt. David Kenyon Webster, and in the films Fight Club, Center Stage, Mindhunters and Sexual Life. In 2011, he was cast on the ABC drama-fantasy series Once Upon a Time as "The Stranger", and was made a series regular for the "back nine hours" of the first season in the role that evolved to be revealed as that of Pinocchio, the popular fairytale character.
During a trip to Peru, Bailey saw a group of children travel 24 miles on foot to school. This led to the creation of Imagine This! TV, a reality TV show chronicling one week philanthropic projects for people all around the world. The network uses an open-source collaboration platform that encourages input from its viewers. Bailey is currently working on getting broadcast distribution for the TV show.