Happy Days actor Al Molinaro dead at 96

31 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Al Molinaro, actor known for “Happy Days” dies at 96.

On Happy Days, Molinaro’s character was once the chef at Arnold’s Drive-In, and later in the show he became the owner of the classic hangout. Al Molinaro, the actor known to millions of television viewers for his roles as the diner owner Al Delvecchio in Happy Days, and Murray the cop in The Odd Couple, has died at the age of 96. Producer Garry Marshall heard about Molinaro and hired him for the part of police Officer Murray Greshler on “The Odd Couple,” the TV version of Neil Simon’s play about feuding roommates. It starred Tony Randall as photographer Felix Unger and Jack Klugman as sports writer Oscar Madison and featured Molinaro as one of their friends, a simple-minded policeman who at times seemed as much of a threat to his friends as he did to any criminals. In ABC’s 1992 Happy Days Reunion Special, Molinaro defended the show from criticism that it sentimentalised the 1950s. “In the industry, they used to consider us like a bubblegum show,” he said. “But I think they overlooked one thing.

To the public in America, ‘Happy Days’ was an important show, and I think it was and I think it still is.” Molinaro built on his “Happy Days” success for years after he left the show. The actor played a grandfather in The Family Man, a sitcom that aired from 1990-91, and continued to make guest appearances on other series through the early 90s.

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