A busy actor best known for his role as Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid, Morita played Matsuo “Arnold” Takahashi, the owner of Arnold’s Diner in Happy Days.
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He left the show after the third season to pursue solo projects, but returned for the 1982-1983 season. Contrary to popular opinion, he never actually studied karate, but learned just enough to convince audiences. Morita died in November 2005 of kidney failure, at age 73. (AP Photo/FILE)
What a career arc: from Opie to Richie to Hollywood mogul, Howard was the perfect aw-shucks youth in a Midwestern town.
After Happy Days, Howard took up film direction, and scored big with Splash, Cocoon, Willow, Parenthood, Backdraft, Apollo 13 and A Beautiful Mind, for which he won an Oscar for Best Director. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)
As the greaser with a heart of gold, the Fonz stood tall. Henry Winkler, however, was much smaller in stature. Whatever.
After Happy Days, Winkler focused on producing TV shows, including MacGyver and The Hollywood Squares. He returned to acting in the 90s, but never regained A-list Hollywood status. Now he can be found on cable TV, pitching a reverse-mortgage company. (Photo by Jeff Daly/Invision/AP)
An accomplished character actor, Bosley played the affable patriarch of the Cunningham brood.
When the show wound down, he signed on with Father Dowling Mysteries and Murder She Wrote. In October 2010, he died of heart failure, at age 83. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
The Fonz was putty in Mrs. C’s hands, as Ross played her traditional stay-at-home housewife role.
Since Happy Days, she’s had a variety of lukewarm roles. She joined several cast mates in suing the producers of Happy Days for breach of contract. The plaintiffs settled and each was awarded $65,000. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)
In the role of Warren “Potsie” Weber, Williams was one of the few Happy Days characters to appear in all seasons of the show. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
Williams found greater success after the show, as a TV director. He’s found continuous work on the sets of Beverly Hills, 90210, Melrose Place, seaQuest DSV, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, Xena: Warrior Princess, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Charmed. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)
As Richie’s wisecracking friend Ralph Malph, Happy Days was Most’s career highlight. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
Since then, he’s made mostly guest appearances on a number of TV shows, including CHiPs, Baywatch, The Love Boat, Sliders, Star Trek: Voyager, Diagnosis Murder and Glee.
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After playing the precocious Joanie Cunningham, Moran reprised her role along Scott Baio in Joanie Loves Chachi, which ran for two years. (AP Photo/Wally Fong)
Since then, she’s guested on several shows, including Celebrity Fit Club. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)
As a later entrant to the Happy Days cast, Baio played Chachi Arcola, Fonzie’s cousin who became Joanie’s boyfriend.
After two years of Joanie Loves Chachi, Baio received critical acclaim for his work in two made-for-TV movies, which led to his role in the sitcom, Charles in Charge. Since then, he’s appeared in a number of well-received indie film projects. Baio has also become known as a vocal conservative, making his at times controversial positions known on social media. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)
Before Happy Days, Molinaro gained famed as Murray the Cop on TV’s The Odd Couple. On Happy Days (and later Joanie Loves Chachi), he played Al Delvecchio, the new owner of Arnold’s Diner. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
In 1987, he and Anson Williams opened a chain of diners called Big Al’s. He currently lives in Glendale, California (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
What started out as a TV spin-off of director George Lucas' American Graffiti ended up becoming one of the highest-rated-and most beloved-show of the 1970s. Set in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Happy Days provided us all with an idealized version of what we wish our high school days were. Never mind that the plots were unfailingly silly and the leading roles more like cartoon characters. We loved the Cunningham family, the Fonz and all the great clothes they wore.
So whatever happened to the cast of that slice of American nostalgia? We found out. Scroll through the images above to find out for yourself!