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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What a career arc: from Opie to Richie to Hollywood mogul, Howard was the perfect aw-shucks youth in a Midwestern town.
As the greaser with a heart of gold, the Fonz stood tall. Henry Winkler, however, was much smaller in stature. Whatever.
An accomplished character actor, Bosley played the affable patriarch of the Cunningham brood.
The Fonz was putty in Mrs. C’s hands, as Ross played her traditional stay-at-home housewife role.
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)
As a later entrant to the Happy Days cast, Baio played Chachi Arcola, Fonzie’s cousin who became Joanie’s boyfriend.
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!