Happy Days Cast: Where Are They Now?
Happy Days was an immensely popular TV show that aired for 10 years from 1974 to 1984 but it didn't start out as an instant success. The pilot for the show didn't actually get picked up by any network and it was only by chance that director and Star Wars creator George Lucas saw the episode and convinced ABC to pick it up as a series.
It went on to become their second longest running TV show of all time. Set in an idealized version of America in the 1950s and 60s, revolves around a family living in Milwaukee. One of the biggest TV shows of a generation, here we look at where the stars are now.
Then: Playing mild-mannered roles in both The Andy Griffith Show and Happy Days, Howard shot to fame off the back of these prominent parts and went on to star in many major motion pictures thanks to his launch pad on television. In 1977 he directed his first feature film and by 1980 he had left television to focus on directing.
Now: A hugely in demand director and producer of movies, Howard is extremely successful and also came up with the idea for cult TV show Arrested Development. In 2001 =, he won a Best Director Oscar for A Beautiful Mind, which also won Best Picture that year.
Then: Playing the lead role in the feature film Bugsy Malone, Baio beat out over 2,000 other kids to get the role before then moving into television, where he starred alongside Ron Howard in Happy Days as Chachi. A part that would make him a teen heartthrob.
Now: The spin-off show from Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi kept Baio in his iconic roles for a few more years as he also went on to star in films such as Skatetown USA, Foxes, Zapped and a few more. Recently starring in his own reality show, he is also a registered Republican and appears at many political events and rallies.
Then: Playing the role of Howard 'Mr. C' Cunningham, Bosley was the oldest cast member on the series and had started out on stage winning a Tony award for as Fiorello La Guardia in the Broadway musical “Fiorello!” He also appeared in shows like Bonanza, Bewitched, and The Streets of San Francisco.
Now: After the end of Happy Days he did many ads for Glad Bag, appeared in the Father Dowling Mysteries, and had a recurring role on Murder, She Wrote. Sadly, Bosley died in 2010 of lung cancer at the age of 83.
Then: Although having a few minor roles early on in her career it wasn't until she was 46 that it took off with her casting as Marion "Mrs. C" Cunningham in Happy Days. She went on to appear in The Love Boat, Night Court, and MacGyver,
Now: Going on to receive 2 Emmy Award nominations for her work on Brooklyn Bridge, Marion is still working at the age of 86 cropping up multiple times on That 70s Show, The Drew Carey Show, Gilmore Girls, and Brothers & Sisters. She also voices Spongebob's grandmother in Spongebob Squarepants.
Then: Playing the inimitable cool guy Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli, Winkler became an icon of his time and he played this well for financial gain as he negotiated a contract that would keep his salary fairly low but would give him a share of the profits from syndication rights making him a multi-millionaire.
Now: Appearing in stints on Arrested Development, Royal Pains, and Parks and Recreation, he’s also a regular on Children’s Hospital. Winkler also has a few film credits to his name and has written a book for kids as well as promoting causes to help those with dyslexia.
Then: Playin Potsie Webber, Williams would also sing on the show as getting clearance for original recordings of songs from the 50s would cost a lot of money, So Williams character would be heard singing them instead on the jukebox. During the show’s run, he opened a chain of diners called “Big Al’s” with co-star Al Molinari.
Now: Not really doing much acting after the show ended, Williams went down the entrepreneurship route and now co-owns Starmaker Cosmetics and Physicians Prefer. He also is a Hollywood director and has done episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space 9 and Star Trek: Voyager, Sabrina, The Teenage Witch, Charmed, Baywatch, Beverly Hills, 90210 and Melrose Place.
Then: Making a name for himself with recurring roles on The Odd Couple and Happy Days, Molinaro went into business with Anton Williams on his chain of restaurants called Big Al's. He would later reprise the role of Al for the music video of Weezer's Buddy Holly.
Now: After the shows run, Molinaro took supporting roles on the sitcoms The Family Man and Step By Step and occasionally made guest appearances on other shows and did a few commercials too. By 1993 he was effectively retired and in 2015 he died from complications of a gallbladder infection aged 96.
Then: Auditioning for the role of Richie Cunningham, he failed to land the part but was such a force the writers created the role of Ralph Malph for him and he stayed on the show until 1980, after which he appeared in things such as CHiPs, Baywatch, The Love Boat, Sliders, Star Trek: Voyager, and Diagnosis: Murder.
Now: Guest appearances on Glee introduced him to a younger generation but for the most part, he sticks to his cabaret act which sees him singing and telling stories of his time on Happy Days.
Then: Playing Joanie Cunningham, Moran was on the show from the beginning, leaving for a year in 1982 but returning for its final two seasons, she scored a spinoff with Scott Baio in Joanie Loves Chachi. Afterward, she made appearances onThe Love Boat, Murder, She Wrote, and Diagnosis: Murder.
Now: In 2008 she was on VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club but little else has materialized for her since and her house in California got foreclosed on and she was left homeless. At one stage, Henry Winkler tried to get her onto Arrested Development but failed in doing so and little has been heard of her since.