Published On: Jan 14 2014 11:14:40 AM CSTUpdated On: Oct 30 2015 01:00:00 AM CDT
With Henry Winkler, better known a generation of TV viewers as "The Fonz," celebrating his 70th birthday on Friday, take a look at what he and the rest of the cast of the classic sitcom "Happy Days" are up to today.
Ron Howard, already known to television audiences as Opie Taylor from "The Andy Griffith Show," played teenager Richie Cunningham, landing the role after portraying the character in a 1972 segment on the comedic anthology TV series "Love, American Style." He was one of three actors, along with Marion Ross and Anson Williams, who reprised their roles from the segment, which served as a pilot for "Happy Days," in the actual show.
Howard also appeared in the movies "The Music Man," "American Graffiti" and "The Shootist," the latter during his run on "Happy Days." He made his directorial debut with the 1977 comedy "Grand Theft Auto" and left "Happy Days" in 1980 to focus on directing. His character was written out of the show as joining the U.S. Army. Howard returned to the series for a two-part episode in 1983 in which his character returns home from the Army and again in 1984 for the series' finale.
Howard broke through as a director with 1982's "Night Shift," featuring Michael Keaton, Shelley Long and Henry Winkler. His films include "Splash," "Cocoon," "Apollo 13," "A Beautiful Mind," "Cinderella Man," "The Da Vinci Code" and "Frost/Nixon." He's won two Oscars -- for directing and producing "A Beautiful Mind" -- and was also nominated in the same two categories for "Frost/Nixon." His most recent film was the 2013 Formula One racing movie "Rush." He's also the co-chairman, along with his producing partner Brian Grazer, of Imagine Entertainment, which has produced movies such as "Friday Night Lights" and "8 Mile" and TV series including "24," "Felicity" and "Arrested Development," the last of which Howard also serves as narrator and has appeared playing a fictional version of himself.
Henry Winkler played Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli, a cool, motorcycle-riding "greaser." While he was initially a minor character, he eventually became a breakout character. He was especially known for his catchphrase "Aaaay!," delivered with two thumbs up.
After "Happy Days," Winkler spent the rest of the 1980s serving as executive producer of the TV show "MacGyver." With an uncredited role as a high school principal in 1996's "Scream," he began to take on more acting roles, going on to appear in movies such as "The Waterboy," "Little Nicky," "Holes," "Click" and "Here Comes the Boom." He's also had regular roles on the TV comedies "Arrested Development," "Royal Pains," "Children's Hospital" and "Parks and Recreation."
Marion Ross played Marion "Mrs. C" Cunningham, Richie Cunningham's mother and a traditional homemaker. She was the only character whom Fonzie allowed to call him by his real first name, Arthur, which she always did affectionately.
Ross had already been an established actress of 20 years when she landed her role in "Happy Days." She appeared in several roles on "The Love Boat," eventually landing a recurring role as Emily Hayward, the woman that married Captain Merill Stubing. She's also had roles in the TV series "Brooklyn Bridge," "That '70s Show," "Touched by an Angel," "The Drew Carey Show," "Gilmore Girls" and "Brothers & Sisters." Most recently she's had cameos on the TV series "Chasing Life" and "Hot in Cleveland," and appeared in the 2014 TV movies "Signed, Sealed, Delivered for Christmas" and "A Perfect Christmas List."
Tom Bosley played Howard "Mr. C" Cunningham, Marion's wife and the father of Richie and his sister Joanie. Howard owned a hardware store called Cunningham's Hardware and was a Leopard Lodge member and a family man. Besides Fonzie, he was the only other character to appear in all 255 episodes of the series.
Bosley had recurring roles on "The Love Boat" and "Murder, She Wrote" and starred in the title role on "The Father Dowling Mysteries." Over the years he had cameos on TV series such as "Walker, Texas Ranger," "ER," "One Tree Hill" and "That '70s Show." His last role came in the 2010 Jennifer Lopez romantic-comedy "The Back-up Plan" (pictured). He died of heart failure at age 83 on Oct. 19, 2010.
Erin Moran played Joanie Cunningham, the daughter of Howard and Marion, and Richie's younger sister. Moran continued the role in 1982 in the short-lived spin-off series "Joanie Loves Chachi," alongside Scott Baio. After "Joanie Loves Chachi" was cancelled in 1983, she returned to "Happy Days" for its final season.
Since "Happy Days," Moran has had cameos on the TV shows "The Love Boat," "Murder, She Wrote" and "Diagnosis Murder." In 2003, she played herself in the movie "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star." She also appeared in the 2010 indie comedy "Not Another B Movie" and on the reality TV shows "Celebrity Fit Club" in 2008 and in "Celebrity Ghost Stories" in 2012.
Donny Most played Ralph Malph, one of Richie's best friends. Ralph left with Richie after the 1979-80 season to join the Army. The character returned as a guest star for a two-part episode during the show's final season. Although he was never seen again, he was later mentioned as having left to continue college to become an optometrist like his father.
Most has mostly done television acting since "Happy Days" ended. He has guest-starred on such shows as "Charles in Charge," "Diagnosis Murder," "Yes, Dear," "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" and "Star Trek: Voyager." In 1999, he had a role in Ron Howard's "EDtv," and has also appeared in "The Great Buck Howard" and the 2010 indie drama "Bones." He most recently appeared in the TV series "Men of a Certain Age," had a recurring role in "Glee," and starred in the 2014 low-budget action-comedy "Campin' Buddies."
Anson Williams played Warren "Potsie" Weber, another of Richie's friends. A talented singer, the character became more dimwitted as the show progressed. Potsie remained with the show after Richie and Ralph joined the Army, however, he was seen less frequently.
Williams has had only a handful of acting roles since "Happy Days," including cameos on the TV shows "Boy Meets World," "Baywatch," "Son of the Beach" and "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch." Instead, he has focused on directing television, including episodes of "SeaQuest DSV," "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," "Star Trek: Voyager," "Melrose Place," "Beverly Hills, 90210," "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch," "Charmed" and "Lizzie McGuire." Since 2008, he has focused on directing the ABC Family series "The Secret Life of the American Teenager."
Scott Baio played Charles "Chachi" Arcola, Fonzie's younger cousin. Chachi first appeared in the show's fifth season and eventually dated Joanie Cunningham. Like Moran, he left the show for the short-lived spin-off series "Joanie Loves Chachi," but returned after the show was cancelled. Chachi married Joanie in the show's finale.
Baio also starred in the title role in the sitcom "Charles in Charge" and has had recurring roles on the television shows "Diagnosis Murder," "Veronica's Closet" and "Arrested Development." In addition to directing various television shows, Baio also starred in the 2007 reality series "Scott Baio is 45 … and Single." Since 2012, he has starred in the Nickelodeon sitcom "See Dad Run."
Pat Morita played Matsuo "Arnold" Takahashi, the owner of Arnold's Drive-In, joining the show three episodes into the third season. Supposedly the character acquired his nickname when he purchased the restaurant and people assumed it was named after him. Morita left the show after one season to appear in his own sitcom, the short-lived "Mr. T and Tina," the first Asian-American sitcom on network TV. Morita returned to the character for two guest appearances in 1977 and 1979 before returning as a recurring character in 1982.
Morita was also known for his Oscar-nominated role as Mr. Miyagi in 1984's "The Karate Kid," a role he reprised in three sequels. He died of natural causes at age 73 on Nov. 24, 2005.
After Arnold's departure following season three, Al Molinaro joined the cast as Al Delvecchio, the new owner/cook of the drive-in. Al later married Chachi's mother, Louisa, becoming Chachi's stepfather and Fonzie's Uncle. The character left the show in 1982 to appear on "Joanie Loves Chachi," but returned in three later episodes of "Happy Days."
After "Happy Days," Molinaro starred in the short-lived sitcom "The Family Man" in 1990-91. He and his "Happy Days" co-star Anson Williams opened a chain of diners in the Midwest called Big Al's in the late 1980s. He retired from acting in 1992 at age 73, but continued to appear in TV commercials until the early 2000s. He also appeared in Weezer's music video for the 1994 song "Buddy Holly" (pictured), which was set in Arnold's Drive-In. He died at age 96 on Oct. 30, 2015, of complications from an infected gallbladder.
Ted McGinley joined the show in 1980 after Ron Howard left, playing Richie’s cousin Roger Phillips, a teacher and eventual principal who worked with Fonzie at Patton High School.
"Happy Days" was McGinley's first acting job after starting out as a model. After the show ended, he appeared in "Revenge of the Nerds" playing Stan Gable, the head of the jock-run Alpha Beta fraternity. He reprised the role in the third and fourth movies in the franchise, both produced for TV. He also had regular roles on "The Love Boat" and "Dynasty" and played the role of Jefferson D'Arcy on "Married… with Children" from 1991 to 1997. He also had recurring roles on the TV shows "Sports Night" and "The West Wing" and was a regular on "Hope & Faith" from 2003 to 2006. Most recently he's had cameos on TV shows such as "The Mentalist," "Mad Men" and "Castle" and appeared in the Christian-themed movies "Redeemed" and "Do You Believe?"
Cathy Silvers played Jenny Piccalo, Joanie's boy-crazy best friend. The character was mentioned often in early episodes of the series, but did not appear in person until 1980. Silvers appeared in more than 50 episodes overall through 1983, returning as a guest star for the series finale in 1984.
Silvers has since had guest spots on TV shows such as "The Love Boat," "Punky Brewster," "Wings" and "New York Daze." She also was a regular in the short-lived 1980s sitcom "Foley Square" and has had a minor role in the 1996 Steve Martin comedy "Sgt. Bilko," based off the character originated by her father, comedian Phil Silvers, on the 1950s sitcom "The Phil Silvers Show." In 2007, she released her autobiography "Happy Days Healthy Living."
Lynda Goodfriend played Lori Beth Allen, Richie's girlfriend and later his wife. She appeared in more than 70 episodes between 1977 and 1982, returning as a guest star in the final season. Goodfriend went on to play bit parts in movies directed by "Happy Days" creator Garry Marshall, including "Pretty Woman," "Exit to Eden," "Nothing in Common" and "Beaches." She is currently a talent manager and is the acting chair at the New York Film Academy.
Linda Purl played two different roles on "Happy Days," Richie's occasional girlfriend Gloria in season two of the show and Ashley Pfister, a divorced mother who becomes Fonzie's steady girlfriend Ashley eight seasons later. Heather O'Rourke played her daughter, Heather Pfister.
Purl became better known for portraying Ben Matlock's daughter Charlene Matlock in season one of "Matlock" in 1986-87. She also starred in the short-lived TV shows "Under Cover" and "Robin's Hoods" in the early 1990s. More recently, she's had recurring roles on "True Blood" (pictured), "Homeland" and "Reckless," and played Pam Beesly's mother on the sitcom "The Office," starting with the season six episode "Niagara" in late 2009.
By the time she appeared in "Happy Days," O'Rourke was already well known for her role in the June 1982 box office hit "Poltergeist," in which she memorably uttered "They're here!" before being abducted by ghosts. She had a variety of roles after "Happy Days," but was best known for reprising her "Poltergeist" role in two sequels. O'Rourke, seen here in 1988's "Poltergeist III," died at the age of 12 of cardiac arrest and septic shock caused by a misdiagnosed intestinal stenosis in February 1988.
Crystal Bernard played K.C. Cunningham, Howard's niece, in 15 episodes in the show's 10th season in 1982-83. K.C. moved in with the Cunninghams after Joanie left for Chicago.
Bernard went on to star in the sitcoms "It's a Living" from 1985 to 1989 and "Wings" from 1990 to 1997. Since "Wings" she has appeared mostly in a variety of TV movies and small independent movies, including 2007's "Welcome to Paradise" (pictured) and the 2008 Lifetime movie "Grave Misconduct," the most recent credits to her name.
While for most of the show's run, the Cunninghams were shown to have only two children, Richie and Joanie, they initially had another son, Chuck Cunningham, originally played by Gavan O'Herlihy (left) in seven episodes during the first season. Chuck, the oldest son in the Cunningham household, was rarely seen and disappeared without explanation in the second season (after a couple episodes where he was played by Randolph Roberts, pictured on the right). As the show went along, later episodes were scripted as if the character had simply never existed. In the series' finale, Howard comments that he is proud of his "two kids."
O'Herlihy, a Dublin, Ireland, native, has mostly been cast in villainous or antagonistic roles over the course of his acting career, including in "Death Wish 3," "Never Say Never Again" and "Superman III." He also played the heroic Airk Thaughbaer in Ron Howard's 1988 movie "Willow" and Dan Suggs in the miniseries "Lonesome Dove." He most recently appeared in the straight-to-video 2010 horror sequel "The Descent: Part 2" (pictured).
Suzi Quatro played Leather Tuscadero, who appeared in seven episodes over the show's fifth and sixth seasons. She was a former juvenile delinquent who formed her own girl group named Leather Tuscadero and the Suedes.
Before her stint on "Happy Days," Quatro had found success a rock singer-songwriter and bassist, scoring a string of hits in Europe in Australia. After her role on the show, she saw her duet "Stumblin' In" with Chris Norman reach No. 4 in the United States in 1979. Although she has only a handful of acting roles since "Happy Days," all of them on British TV series, she remains a rock star today, continuing to perform worldwide and having sold more than 50 million records, including her most recent, 2011's "In the Spotlight."
Leather Tuscadero was also the sister of Pinky Tuscadero, a traveling demolition derby driver and ex-girlfriend of Fonzie's who was played by Roz Kelly in three episodes of the show's fourth season. Pinky was originally intended to become Fonzie's long-time girlfriend and a regular character, but differences with Henry Winkler, other cast members and the show's producers changed those plans. Kelly hasn't acted since a bit role in 1983 on "Trapper John, M.D.," but made headlines for her legal problems in 2000, receiving probation after pleading no contest to a 1998 incident in which she fired a 12-gauge shotgun into the living room window of a neighbor's house after a car alarm woke her up. The disabled actress ended up serving 120 days in jail after pleading no contest later in 2000 to violating that probation by hitting a man with her cane.
Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams played recurring characters Laverne DeFazio and Shirley Feeney in three episodes during the third season, which led to the two starring in the spin-off series "Laverne & Shirley." They later returned to "Happy Days" for guest appearances in episodes during the sixth and seventh seasons.
Marshall, who still occasionally acts, has mostly won acclaim since "Laverne & Shirley" as a director, helming such films as "Big," "A League of Their Own" and "The Preacher's Wife." She most recently directed two episodes of the Showtime series "United States of Tara." Apart from "Laverne & Shirley," Williams has appeared on several TV shows over the years, from "Hope & Faith" and "7th Heaven" to "8 Simple Rules" and "Law & Order: SVU." The two also appeared together in 2013 on the Nickelodeon sitcom "Sam & Cat" (pictured).
After "Laverne & Shirley," "Happy Days" spawned its second spin-off in "Mork & Mindy." The show got its start thanks to a guest appearance by Robin Williams in the 1978 episode "My Favorite Orkan," in which the alien Mork wants to take Richie back to his home planet of Ork with him to study earthlings. Williams returned as the character during the height of popularity of "Mork & Mindy" in the 1979 episode "Mork Returns."
After "Mork & Mindy," Williams went on to star in movies such as "Popeye," "Good Morning, Vietnam," "Dead Poets Society," "The Fisher King," "Mrs. Doubtfire," "The Birdcage," "Good Will Hunting" and "Night at the Museum." More known for his manic brand of comedy, he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his dramatic role in "Good Will Hunting" and has also been nominated for another three Oscars. He returned to TV in 2013 with the sitcom "The Crazy Ones," co-starring with Sarah Michelle Gellar, although the series was canceled after one season. The comedian, who had struggled with addiction and depression over his life, committed suicide at age 63 on Aug. 11, 2014.
"Happy Days" creator Garry Marshall, the brother of Penny Marshall, went on to direct several hit films, including "Nothing in Common," "Beaches," "Pretty Woman," "Runaway Bride," "The Princess Diaries" and its sequel, "Valentine's Day" and "New Year's Eve." Marshall has also acted in several projects, including his sister's film "A League of Their Own" and in his own "Valentine's Day," and on TV in shows such as "Murphy Brown," "Monk," "Brothers & Sisters," "ER," "According to Jim" and "Louie."
The show's cast has reunited many times over the years, including a 1992 reunion special broadcast on ABC. They also reunited for another special in 2005.
Here (from left) Garry Marshall, Tom Bosley, Marion Ross, Erin Moran, Henry Winkler and Anson Williams gather to celebrate the unveiling of Ross' star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2001.
The show also featured several then unknown actors on the verge of stardom, including Crispin Glover, who played a troublesome high school student known as "Roach" in 1983, two years before appearing in the blockbuster "Back to the Future."
Tom Hanks appeared in a 1982 episode playing a character seeking revenge on Fonzie for pushing him off a swing when the two of them were in third grade. The cameo came toward the end of the run of Hank's sitcom "Bosom Buddies."
Cheryl Ladd, who would become a star thanks to "Charlie's Angels," appeared in a 1974 episode playing the part of Cindy Shea, a Hollywood starlet Richie wins a date with.
Five years before playing bailiff Bull Shannon on "Night Court," Richard Moll appeared in the two-part 1979 episode "Fonzie's Funeral."
Morgan Fairchild, who would become more famous in the 1980s thanks to her roles on the TV series "Flamingo Road" and "Falcon Crest," appeared in a 1977 episode of "Happy Days" playing Cynthia Holmes, a snobby rich girl who aims to make Fonzie look foolish at a country club party.