What You Didn’t Know About The ‘Happy Days’ Cast

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For 11 seasons, the cast of “Happy Days” had you “rockin’ and rollin’ all week long”. The show originally revolved around Richie Cunningham and his closest family and friends. People such as his best friend, Fonzie, and his mother, Marion, helped him overcome all his teenage and young-adult debacles. With such enthralling characters, the show was loved by millions. After 10 years of production, many were sad to see “Happy Days” end. Find out what Richie, Fonzie, Chachi and the rest of the gang are up to today.

Ron Howard (Richie Cunningham) – Then

Ron Howard rose to fame playing Opie Taylor on “The Andy Griffith Show”, from 1960-1968. After appearing in several films and TV series, throughout the early 70s, Howard began playing the role of Richie Cunningham on “Happy Days”, at the very beginning of the series, in 1974. Howard only agreed to play the character, if he grew in age throughout the seasons. He did not want Richie to be a character “stuck in time”. This allowed the viewers to see the progression of not only Richie’s life, but all the characters’ throughout the show.

Ron Howard (Richie Cunningham) – Now

Ron Howard continued to act after “Happy Days” wrapped. However, his most celebrated successes have been in directing. He has directed box office hits such as “Apollo 13”, “The Da Vinci Code” and “Frost/Nixon”. His work on the 2001 biographical drama “A Beautiful Mind”, even won him the Oscar for Best Director. Aside from directing, he currently works on “Arrested Development” as the Narrator.

Henry Winkler (Arthur “The Fonz” Fonzarelli) – Then

Arthur “The Fonz” Fonzarelli was actually a secondary character when the show first premiered. However, as the character’s popularity increased, Fonzie became a more and more central character. He became Richie’s best friend and when Richie left to serve in the military, Fonzie became the central character. Fonzie was one of two characters to appear in all 255 episodes.

Henry Winkler (Arthur “The Fonz” Fonzarelli) – Now

Like Ron Howard, Henry Winkler has yet to slow down. Along with having an extremely long acting resume, he too works behind the camera. He has produced several TV series such as “Macgyver”, “Hollywood Squares” and “So Weird”. To the younger generation, he is best known for his appearances in multiple Adam Sandler films such as “The Waterboy”, “Little Nicky”, and “Click”. Winkler is currently working on Bill Hader’s new TV series “Barry”.

Marion Ross (Marion Cunningham) – Then

Marion Ross made her professional on-screen debut in the 1952 film “Forever Female”. From that point, she continued to have a steady career, landing roles in films such as “Lizzie”, “Teacher’s Pet” and “Grand Theft Auto”. She played the matriarch of “Happy Days” throughout the series’ run. For her role as Marion, she was nominated for 2 Primetime Emmy Awards.

Marion Ross (Marion Cunningham) – Now

After playing Cunningham, Ross played several guests roles on “The Love Boat”, “Macgyver”, and more. In the early 90s, she starred in the short-lived “Brooklyn Bridge”, which landed her two more Emmy nominations. Despite being 89-years-old, Ross doesn’t seem to be slowing down. She has nearly 190 acting credits to her name, including 2 projects that are in post-production.

Roz Kelly (Carol “Pinky” Tuscadero) – Then

Roz Kelly played several small roles in various films before she began playing The Fonz’s girlfriend, Pinky, in 1976. Kelly’s character was originally slated to become a regular after her first few initial appearances on the show. However, after she began having conflicts with other cast and crew members, she was dropped from the series.

Roz Kelly (Carol “Pinky” Tuscadero) – Now

After “Happy Days”, Roz Kelly landed recurring roles on “The Love Boat” and “Starsky and Hutch”. Her last on-camera role was on one episode of “Trapper John, M.D.”, in 1983. Since then, she had lived a relatively private and quiet life. However, she made headlines when she was arrested for firing a shotgun into her neighbor’s window in 1998. She was sentenced to three years’ felony probation in 2000.

Scott Baio (Charles “Chachi” Arcola) – Then

After playing the title role of the 1976 musical “Bugsy Malone”, Scott Baio was offered the role of  Fonzie’s cousin, Chachi Arcola. Chachi later became the love interest of Richie’s sister, Joanie. The relationship led to the short-lived spin-off series “Jaonie Loves Chachi”, in 1982. In 2006, Erin Moran, who played Joanie, and Baio won the TV Land Award for “Most Wonderful Wedding”.

Scott Baio (Charles “Chachi” Arcola) – Now

Despite being an outspoken conservative on social media, Scott Baio has remained relatively active in Hollywood. From 1984-1990, he starred in the series “Charles in Charge”, which was quickly followed with recurring roles on “Baby Talk” and “Diagnosis Murder”. His most recent role was from 2012-2014, as David Hobbs on the Nickelodeon series “See Dad Run”. He recently made headlines after he tweeted a meme that implied the Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax. He has since apologized for the tweet.

Anson Williams (Warren “Potsie” Weber) – Then

Anson William only played small roles on several TV series, before he got his big break playing Warren “Potsie” Webber on “Happy Days”. In 1983, Williams was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television”. He also played Potsie on one episode of the spin-off series “Laverne & Shirley”.

Anson Williams (Warren “Potsie” Weber) – Now

Like many others, Anson Williams also found his way to working behind the camera. Today, he is considered a prominent TV director with work on shows such as “The Secret Life on an American Teenager”, “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch”, “Melrose Place” and “Baywatch”. Along with directing, he is also the co-owner of the cosmetics company StarMaker Products.

Don Most (Ralph Malph) – Then

Don Most was attending Lehigh University, when he decided to take a summer off to audition for roles in Hollywood. He never returned to school to finish his degree, as he landed the role of Ralph Malph. However, Most did not originally audition for the role of Ralph Malph, but rather Richie Cunningham. Garry Marshall did not like him for the role of Richie, but thought he was good fit for the practical joker.

Don Most (Ralph Malph) – Now

Don Most appeared in several series such as “Star Trek: Voyager”, “The Love Boat” and “Diagnosis Murder”, as well as did voice work for several cartoons like “Dungeons and Dragons” and “Teen Wolf”. Aside from currently working on “The Bold and the Beautiful”, Don Most is also touring the country with his show “Don Most – Sings & Swings”. Most sings a set of 1950s swing music in collaboration with a 7-piece band.

Lynda Goodfriend (Lori Beth Allen) – Then

Lynda Goodfriend got her professional acting start playing Ethel ‘Sunshine’ Akalino on “Blansky’s Beauties”. When the show wrapped, she and her co-star, Scott Baio joined the cast of “Happy Days”. Lynda played, Lori Beth Allen, the girlfriend and later wife of Richie Cunningham. Before she began playing Lori Beth, Goodfriend had previously appeared on the show, as Kim, for two episodes in 1977.

Lynda Goodfriend (Lori Beth Allen) – Now

Lynda Goodfriend had a good relationship with “Happy Days” creator, Garry Marshall. She appeared in several of his films, such as “Pretty Woman” and “Exit to Eden”, after “Happy Days” ended. She also directed the series pilot of “Four Stars”, which was financed by Marshall. Her most recent work was as producer of the 2017 short film “Rotten Grapes”.

Ted McGinley (Roger Phillips) – Then

When Richie Cunningham left to join the army, Roger Phillips moved into town. The nephew of Howard and Marion was also a local teacher and basketball coach. Roger Phillips was Ted McGinley’s first featured role on a TV series. Phillips was a recurring character in seasons 8 and 9 and was promoted to regular cast member for the last 2 seasons of the show.

Ted McGinley (Roger Phillips) – Now

Ted McGinley’s time on “Happy Days” was quickly followed with recurring roles on “The Love Boat” and “Dynasty”. Along with being known as the villainous Stan Gable in “The Revenge of the Nerds” franchise films, McGinley is also best known for his longtime role of Jefferson D’Arcy on “Married…With Children”. His most recent role was voicing the character Denny Clay on the TV cartoon series “Transformers: Robots in Disguise”.

Cathy Silvers (Jenny Piccalo) – Then

Cathy Silvers’ on-screen debut was as the boy crazy, best friend of Joanie Cunningham, Jenny Piccalo, in 1980, on “Happy Days”. She first appeared as a recurring character during season 8 of the show and became a regular character during seasons 9 and 10. While working on “Happy Days”, Silvers also appeared in the T V movie “High School U.S.A.”.

Cathy Silvers (Jenny Piccalo) – Now

After “Happy Days”, Cathy Silvers’ most notable roles were as Molly Dobbs on “Foley Square” and Coral on “Cleghorne!”. Her last role was in the 1996 TV movie “Encino Woman”. As she is no longer acting, she has taken up other ventures. She wrote the book, “Happy Days Healthy Living”, which was published in 2007. Along with the book, she also created a web series, which according to her website “presents all the nutrition, health, beauty, diet and lifestyle advice in a cohesive and entertaining fashion.”

Linda Purl (Ashley Pfister) – Then

Linda Purl’s first role on “Happy Days” was as Richie’s girlfriend, Gloria, in season 2. Purl returned to “Happy Days”, in season 10, to play Fonzie’s girlfriend Ashley Pfister. Ashley was a a divorced mother. Despite that Fonzie and Ashley contemplated engagement, Ashley decided to reconcile things with her ex-husband.

Linda Purl (Ashley Pfister) – Now

Linda Purl has had a steady acting career since “Happy Days”, with recurring roles on series like “Matlock”, “Robin’s Hoods”, “Port Charles, “The Office” and “Reckless”. In 2018, she will appear as Madeline Mandel on one episode of the hit series “Code Black”. She is formerly the daughter-in-law of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, as she was married to Desi Arnaz Jr. from 1980-1981.

Ken Lerner (Rocco Baruffi) – Then

Ken Lerner made his on-screen debut as Frankie on “Happy Days” in 1975. He returned to the series as Rocco Baruffi in 1976. He portrayed Rocco on 8 episodes sporadically from 1976-1983. During his time on the show, he also had roles in feature films “Grand Theft Auto”, “Gas Pump Girls”, “Any Which Way You Can” and “Hot Tomorrows”.

Ken Lerner (Rocco Baruffi) – Now

Ken Lerner went on to have a respectable acting career. Some of his most notable roles include Principal Flutie on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, Attorney Jonathan Saunders in “Chicago Hope”, and Roger Graham in “Unlawful Entry”. His most recent role was as Dr. Pepper on the series “Marlon”.

Crystal Bernard (K.C. Cunningham) – Then

Crystal Bernard made her primetime TV debut as K.C. Cunningham on “Happy Days”, in 1982. She was Howard’s niece. She moved in with the Cunninghams after Joanie and Cachi moved to Chicago. During her time on the series, she was good friends with Jenny Piccalo and went on her first date with Melvin Belvin.

Crystal Bernard (K.C. Cunningham) – Now

Crystal Bernard’s most memorable role was as Helen Chapel for the 8 year duration of the TV series “Wings”. Her most recent acting role was in the 2008 TV movie “Grave Misconduct”. Apart from acting, Crystal Bernard is also a singer and she released 2 studio albums: The Girl Next Door (1996) and Don’t Touch Me There (1999).

Billy Warlock (Leopold ‘Flip’ Phillips) – Then

During the first year of his professional acting career (1981), Billy Warlock appeared in two feature films “Lovely But Deadly” and “Halloween II”. The following year he began playing, Roger’s brother, Leopold ‘Flip’ Phillips, during the 10th season of “Happy Days”. Billy only appeared on 8 episodes of the show.

Billy Warlock (Leopold ‘Flip’ Phillips) – Now

Despite only appearing one a few episodes of “Happy Days”, Billy Warlock went on to have an extremely successful TV career. He has had recurring roles on “Baywatch”, “General Hospital”, “Days of Our Lives”, “The Young and the Restless”, “As The World Turns”, and “One Life To Live”. Since his last role in a short film, in 2011, Warlock has kept a low profile.

Erin Moran (Joanie Cunningham) – Then

Erin Moran played Richie’s younger sister, Joanie, for the entirety of the show’s run. However, she left the show for a year, in 1982, to film the short-lived spin-off “Joanie Loves Chachi”. For her performance on “Joanie Loves Chaci”, she won the Young Artists award for Best Young Actress in a New Television Series. During her time on “Happy Days”, Erin also worked on productions such as “The Waltons”, “Galaxy Of Terror” and “Twirl”.

Erin Moran (Joanie Cunningham) – Now

After “Happy Days” wrapped, she appeared on”The Love Boat”, “Murder, She Wrote”, and “Diagnosis Murder”. Sadly, by the early 2000s, Moran’s career was dwindling. She only has 4 acting credits to her name after the 90s. Her last role was in 2010’s “Not Another B Movie”. Sadly, in April 2017, at the age of 56, Erin Moran passed away from complications from Stage 4 cancer.

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