Whatever happened to the cast of Happy Days
Then and Now: The Cast of "Happy Days"
From 1974 to 1984, the sitcom classicHappy Dayscaptured the heart of the nation. It was one of the highest rated shows of the 1970s, but where are the stars of the show now?
Richie Cunningham was the quintessential American '50s teen, complete with wholesome red hair and freckles. Sure, he was always trying to land a date, but we all knew he was a good guy.
Ron Howard was famous even before he joined theHappy Dayscast—he had played the adorable Opie Taylor inThe Andy Griffith Show. In 1980, he leftHappy Daysto pursue directing. The show wrote him out of his part by having his character join the army. Since then, he's had a wildly successful film directing career—he was behind the camera forApollo 13,A Beautiful Mind(for which he won an Oscar),Parenthood,Cinderella Man, and the mega-successful thriller based on the book,The Da Vinci Code, among others. While he's still currently making and producing films, he seems to have passed the acting baton to his daughter, Bryce Dallas Howard, who has appeared inThe Twilight Saga: Eclipse,The Help, andJurassic World.
The true star ofHappy Days, Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli captured the hearts of everyone in America as the rough-and-tumble biker dude with the heart of gold. The ladies loved him, and his catchphrases will live on forever ("Eyyy!"). On the show he eventually became a high school teacher, and even adopted a kid by the end of the series, completing his journey from biker rebel to family man.
AfterHappy Daysended, Winkler started his own production company, which went on to produceMacGyverandMr. Sunshine, among other shows. Winkle had small roles in the Adam Sandler filmsThe Waterboy,Little NickyandClick. He has also guest starred onNumb3rs,The Simpsons,The Practice,Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,Arrested Development,Crossing Jordan,Parks and RecreationandRoyal Pains. He has also written 26 books—who knew?
Though he was an acclaimed stage actor for years before landing theHappy Daysgig (he even won a Tony for the Broadway musical,Fiorello!), after the show ended, Bosley turned to film acting and eventually guest starring on the small screen—in everything from Walker, Texas RangertoER;fromThat '70s ShowtoRugrats. Unfortunately, he passed away in 2010 after a battle with lung cancer, just months after starring in The Back-up Planwith Jennifer Lopez.
The matriarch of the Cunningham family was Marion, the beloved housewife and mother of Richie and Joanie. She was good-natured and sweet, and loved her family to bits. Sure, she had her moments of rebellion (like when she decided to be a waitress), but her heart was always in the right place.
AfterHappy Daysended, the former Mrs. C went on to guest star in numerous television shows, including The Love Boat,Night Courtand MacGyver. She also starred inBrooklyn Bridge, which lead to two Emmy nominations. She also appeared in That '70s Show,The Drew Carey Show,Gilmore Girls,Two and a Half Men,Anger ManagementandHot in Cleveland,cultivating a successful career for herself in television.
The super sassy, nosy sister of Richie, Joanie Cunningham was a typical teen girl who loved to fall in love. Her relationship with Fonzie's cousin Chachi even lead to a spin-off show (Joanie Loves Chachi). She eventually became a teacher at the same high school where Fonzie was teaching, and she and Chachi got married in the series finale.
Unfortunately, Erin Moran has not had very many happy days since the hugely successful show ended. Her spin-off series with Scott Baio was cancelled, but she did guest star onThe Love Boat,Murder, She Wrote, andDiagnosis: Murder. She was also a contestant on VH1'sCelebrity Fit Club. The latest reports about Moran posit that she's currently broke and homeless, after her California home was foreclosed. She now reportedly lives with her mother-in-law and husband of 20 years in Indiana.
Scott Baio went on to star in the sitcomCharles in Chargeand played the title role in the musicalBugsy Malone. He took on roles in TV movies such asStonedandAll the Kids Do It, for which he was nominated for two Emmys. He also guest starred inFull House,Touched by an Angel,Arrested DevelopmentandThe Nanny. More recently, he received an uptick in popularity after starring in two reality TV shows,Scott Baio is 45… and Singleand the followingScott Baio Is 46… and Pregnant. He also co-hosted VH1'sConfessions of a Teen Idol.
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