Then/Now: The cast of ‘Happy Days’
Then/Now: The cast of ‘Happy Days’
Are happy days still here for Richie, Potsie, the Fonz and the rest of the gang? Let’s take a look, shall we?
‘Happy Days’ cast
“Sunday, Monday… Happy Days. Tuesday, Wednesday… Happy Days. Thursday, Friday… Happy Days.” So goes the theme song of the sitcom legend “Happy Days,” featuring the adventures of the All-American Cunningham family of the 1950s and early 60s.
Tom Bosley: 1927-2010
Bosley played the patriarch of the Cunningham family, often lounging on his sofa after a hard day at the hardware store, reading the paper, and trying to keep his crazy teen-aged kids and their friends in line and out of trouble. He went on to star in “Murder, She Wrote” and “Father Dowling Mysteries.” He died on Oct. 20, 2010 due to complications from lung cancer. He was 83.
Mrs. Cunningham (aka Mrs. C.) was a happy homemaker. She was such a sweetheart that “the Fonz” let her call him by his real name – Arthur. Her main form of exercise? Fending off “frisky” Mr. C! Rosss has had a long career both in theater and on sitcoms. Most recently she was seen on “That ’70s Show,” “Gilmore Girls,” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Anyone who says they thought Richie Cunningham would become one of the best, most powerful directors in Hollywood is lying! It all started with “Splash” (starring then relatively unknown Tom Hanks) and has continued with “Apollo 13,” “The DaVinci Code,” Cinderella Man,” “Frost/Nixon”… we could go on and on. Apparently, being a good boy does pay off.
“Aaaaaayyyy,” here’s the Fonz. At 29, Henry Winkler starred as high school dropout and auto mechanic, Fonzie. Wearing his signature leather jacket and sporting a thumbs up, Fonzie, who always had at least two girls at his side, gained cult status, with later seasons focusing more and more around the popular character. In 2008, “The Fonz” was honored in Milwaukee with a bronze statue resemblance. But how is Henry Winkler remembered? Winkler, now 67, hasn’t quite matched his “Happy Days” fame, though has had success with acting in small roles (“The Waterboy”) and directing. He was even on “Arrested Development,” co-star Ron Howard’s show.
Fonzie’s cousin Chaci, played by Scott Baio, first came onto the scene in 1982 as drummer in Richie’s band. He then fell in love with Richie’s sister Joanie, and they starred in sitcom named – what else – “Joanie Loves Chaci,” from 1982-1983. He became a popular ’80s teen idol, starring in these two shows as well as “Charles in Charge.” Still love Chachi? You’re out of luck. Baio has been married to Renee Sloan since 2007.
Williams played one of Richie’s closest but dim-witted friends, Potsie Weber. His character was usually seen with best friend Ralph Malph. Anson has mostly left acting and has instead directed many episodes of popular TV shows, like “Star Trek” and “Beverly Hills 90210.” He also directed a highly acclaimed anti-drug special, “The Drug Knot.”
Everyone loves “Happy Days” character Ralph Malph (played by Donny Most, the comedian of the show. He was known for his love of practical jokes and also friendship with Potsie. Now, Most may no longer play practical jokes on “Happy Days,” but he does have some fun as a voice actor on several Saturday morning cartoons. He also appeared on “Glee” as Rusty Pillsbury.
Erin Moran starred as Richie’s younger, annoying sister, Joanie. In the later seasons, Joanie falls in love with Fonzie’s cousin Chachi, which spurs the spin-off, “Joanie Loves Chachi.” Now, Moran has only appeared in minor TV appearances (“Love Boat,” “Murder She Wrote”) since “Happy Days.”
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