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Ron Howard Felt Disrespect on Happy Days

Sitcom star says executives changed toward him when 'Fonzie' became a hit

(Newser) - When Happy Days began its 11-year run in 1974, Ron Howard said, his "Richie Cunningham character was the undeniable lead of the show." Then Fonzie caught on. Henry Winkler's character elbowed Howard's to the side on the sitcom and elsewhere. "When we would go out...

Chachi Doesn't Like This Happy Days Reunion

Scott Baio slams fellow cast members for online show to benefit Democrats

(Newser) - The Fonz will be there. So will Richie, Potsie, Ralph, and Mrs. C. Chachi, though, will be noticeably absent from an upcoming Happy Days reunion, and it's all about politics. As USA Today reports, some of the big names from the old sitcom are getting together on Sunday for...

'Leather Tuscadero' Gets Her Due
'Leather Tuscadero'
Gets Her Due
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'Leather Tuscadero' Gets Her Due

Documentary pays tribute to pioneering female rocker Suzi Quatro

(Newser) - She's a pioneering female rocker from Detroit named Suzi Quatro who gained a worldwide following in the 1970s with a string of hits like "Can the Can." Quatro's name, however, is recognized more outside the US than in her native country. In fact, she is perhaps...

Scott Baio Explains 'Joanie' Comments After Backlash

He suggested death of former 'Happy Days' co-star was due to drugs

(Newser) - Scott Baio says he was responding to media reports when he suggested the death of his former Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi co-star Erin Moran may have been due to substance abuse problems. Authorities in Indiana said Monday that Moran likely died from cancer at her home on Saturday...

Mystery Surrounds Death of Happy Days' 'Joanie'

Former child stars reached out to her in last week of life

(Newser) - Fans and former Happy Days co-stars are mourning Erin Moran, who was found dead in southern Indiana on Saturday. The AP reports that no cause of death has been determined for the 56-year-old former child star, and an autopsy is pending. The Harrison County Sheriff's Office says emergency workers...

Happy Days Creator Garry Marshall Dies
 Happy Days Creator 
 Garry Marshall Dies 

Happy Days Creator Garry Marshall Dies

'Pretty Woman' director had '70s sitcom empire

(Newser) - Writer-director Garry Marshall, whose deft touch with comedy and romance led to a string of TV hits that included Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley and the box-office successes Pretty Woman and Runaway Bride, has died, the AP reports. He was 81. Marshall died Tuesday at a hospital in Burbank,...

Happy Days ' 'Big Al' Dies
 Happy Days' 'Big Al' Dies 

Happy Days' 'Big Al' Dies

Al Molinaro was 96

(Newser) - Sad new for Happy Days fans: Al Molinaro, best known for playing drive-in owner "Big Al" Delvecchio, has died in a California hospital from a gallstone infection, reports the Kenosha News , his hometown paper. He was 96. Molinaro, whose character took over the drive-in from Pat Morita's character,...

'Fonzie' Recalls Robin Williams' TV Debut: 'He Was a Miracle'

Before 'Mork & Mindy' came a cameo on 'Happy Days'

(Newser) - Robin Williams fans know that the TV show Mork & Mindy launched him to national fame. But bigger fans know that he first played his alien character in an episode of Happy Days. Last night, Henry "the Fonz" Winkler told Rachel Maddow on MSNBC that it was clear from...

CBS/Vanity Fair Poll: 'Jumped the Shark,' Hillary Clinton for VP, and More

 83% Don't Know 
 What 'Jumped the 
 Shark' Means 
CBS/vanity fair poll

83% Don't Know What 'Jumped the Shark' Means

And 43% want Hillary for VP

(Newser) - The latest 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll offers readers a new batch of quirky questions, including whether they’re familiar with the Happy Days-inspired phrase “jumped the shark.” Some 83% of respondents didn’t know it meant a show was past its prime. Among other interesting stats:
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Big Bird's a Pinko, Charges Writer

Leftist agenda infuses primetime, complains author Ben Shapiro

(Newser) - Red alert! Big Bird is part of a plot by Hollywood liberals to poison children and adult minds with "pinko" ideology. That's the claim maxi-conservative author Ben Shapiro argues in his new book. And it's not just Sesame Street and reruns of shows including M*A*S*H that are...

Happy Days ' Tom Bosley Dead at 83
 Happy Days
 Tom Bosley 
 Dead at 83 

Happy Days' Tom Bosley Dead at 83

He played beloved TV dad Howard Cunningham

(Newser) - A sad week for iconic TV parents. Tom Bosley—Mr. C from Happy Days—has died of heart failure at age 83. He had been suffering from lung cancer. TV Guide ranked Bosley's Howard Cunningham character No. 9 on its list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All...

Opie, Andy, Fonzie Endorse Obama

Howard ignites blast from the past in bid to rocket Obama to White House

(Newser) - Ron Howard has taken a trip down TV memory lane to stump for Barack Obama, reports the Chicago Tribune. In a serious-humorous video posted on Funny or Die, Howard reprises his role as Opie alongside TV pop Sheriff Andy Griffith—who tells Opie he could someday grow up to vote...

Happy Days as Milwaukee Bronzes Fonz

Sitcom's cast turns out to see icon of cool achieve immortality

(Newser) - More than 500 people showed up today to celebrate the addition of Milwaukee’s newest landmark, a 5-foot-6 bronze statue of Happy Days character the Fonz, the Journal Sentinel reports. Most of the cast of the 1970s TV hit showed up for the event, presided over by comedian John McGivern....

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