The Show “Happy Days”, Cast, Pictures, and Trivia!
This series is mainly about the Cunningham family who live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
and a man named Arthur Fonzarelli, (Henry Winkler) though he is known to most as “The Fonz or Fonzie”. The Cunningham family consists of father, Howard, (Tom Bosley) his wife, Marion, (Marion Ross) their sons, Richie (Ron Howard) and Chuck (Gavan O’Herlihy) and their daughter, Joanie (Erin Moran). There are also Richie’s two best friends, Potsie Weber (Anson Williams) and Ralph Malph (Don Most) with whom he attends Jefferson High School.
In addition, there are other characters without whom the show would not have been the same. They include, Chachi Arcola (Scott Baio) who was Fonzie’s cousin, Mitsumo “Arnold” Takahashi (Pat Morita) who was the owner of the kids’ favorite hangout, “Arnold’s Drive-In”, Al Delvecchio (Al Molinaro) who became the owner of the drive-in after Arnold left, Jenny Piccalo (Cathy Silvers) who was Joanie’s best friend, Richie’s girlfriend, Lori Beth Allen (Lynda Goodfriend) and Roger Phillips, (Ted McGinley) Marion’s nephew and a teacher at the high school.
Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli (Henry Winkler)-Fonzie is the “cool” guy that every girl dreams of dating and every boy fantasizes about becoming. Raised for the most part by his Grandma Nussbaum (Frances Bay) after being abandoned by his parents when he was just a boy, Fonzie is an extremely good person, although at first, due to his being a high school dropout, motorcycle rider and former gang member, he is seen more as a bad influence and a rebel. He becomes best friends with Richie Cunningham after he intervenes in a rumble that gang members had challenged Richie and his friends to. Richie’s friends desert him but he still stood his ground (none of this is actually shown on the series) which earned him Fonzie’s respect. As the two start to spend time together, Fonzie also becomes quite close to the Cunningham family as well, calling Marion “Mrs. C.” and Joanie “Shortcake”, and allowing Marion alone to call him by his given name of Arthur. Well known for standing up for people who can’t defend themselves, he has a high moral code and a strong desire to help people with disabilities. His “office” is the men’s bathroom at Arnold’s where he and Richie and his friends go to whenever they need a little space to solve a problem. He is notoriously gifted, especially when it comes to girls, as all he has to do is snap his fingers and they all come running. Getting the attention of girls, however, is not the only thing that he seems to have a gift with; machinery also seems to be something he is easily able to manipulate. With a simple nudge, bump or snap of his fingers, he is able to do things like turn on the jukebox, change the song selection or get free sodas from the soda machine, just to name a few. This eventually became known as the “Fonzie Touch”, a term that is actually still used today. A few of the other things that made Fonzie who he was, were things like giving the thumbs-up while saying, “Ayyy!” and certain phrases that were known only to him, such as, “Sit on it!”, “Heyyy!” and “Whoa!”.
Richie Cunningham (Ron Howard)-Richie is the youngest son of Howard and Marion Cunningham and the brother of Chuck and Joanie. His best friends are Fonzie, Potsie and Ralph Malph and one of his greatest dreams in life is to become a writer. He writes for his high school newspaper and then later for the Milwaukee Journal. He is incredibly kind and generous, polite to his parents, protective of his little sister and willing to help his friends with anything at the drop of a hat. He has red hair and freckles and is always looking to find a girlfriend, no matter what that entails. When he is feeling particularly confident, he sings the song, “Blueberry Hill” by Fats Domino. He is not the type of person who usually gets into fights as a rule (although being challenged to a rumble by gang members was lucky as that’s how he met Fonzie) so when he does get annoyed or irritated he tends to use the term “bucko” when addressing someone. He is a truly nice guy with a good heart.
Howard Cunningham (Tom Bosley)-Howard is the father of Chuck, Richie and Joanie and the husband of Marion. (After the first couple of seasons Chuck’s character completely disappears without explanation.) He owns and runs the hardware store in town called, “Cunningham’s Hardware” and belongs to “The Leopard Lodge”. He is a devoted family man who is kind and caring and someone whom you rarely see get angry at anyone. He is completely in love with his wife and is a wonderful father and although he at first was not quite sure how to react to Fonzie, he soon learns to care for him like a member of the family. Fonzie refers to him as “Mr. C”.
Marion Cunningham (Marion Ross)-Marion is the wife of Howard and the mother of Chuck, Richie and Joanie. A traditional housewife, she makes her family her number one priority and rarely thinks of herself. She is also loving and caring to her children’s friends, as well as Fonzie, who allows her and only her, the privilege of calling him by his first name, Arthur. He in return calls her “Mrs. C”. She is sweet and kind and very much in love with her husband and is also the one person who can actually make Fonzie blush when she kisses him on the cheek.
Joanie Cunningham (Erin Moran)-Joanie is the youngest child of Howard and Marion and also the only girl. She is at first most interested in simply trying to spy on her brother Richie’s many activities but as she grows up becomes much closer to him. Both Richie and Fonzie are very protective of her, the Fonz calling her by the special nickname of “Shortcake”. Once old enough, she does date but finds that the most persistent guy of all is Fonzie’s cousin, Chachi Arcola, whom she refuses to go out with for several years. Eventually, they do go out on a date and become quite close thereafter.
Warren “Potsie” Weber (Anson Williams)-Potsie is one of Richie Cunningham’s two best high school friends. In the beginning he seems a little more experienced and smooth than Richie but he later seems to be closer to Ralph Malph in personality, simpleminded and somewhat foolish. He has a bad relationship with his father (who is never seen) who supposedly hates his son and has a great talent for music. He later works at Cunningham’s Hardware and becomes assistant manager.
Ralph Malph (Don Most)-Ralph is Richie’s other high school best friend, also known for being somewhat foolish, his two biggest personality traits seemed to center on girls and jokes. Although he tells many jokes, no one ever seems to find them funny or even acknowledge them most of the time. Despite this, he can usually be heard saying, “I still got it!” after many of his jokes. He also belongs to a gang at one point called “The Gems” and owns a hot rod car.
Charles “Chachi” Arcola (Scott Baio)-Chachi is the younger cousin of Fonzie. He always wears a bandana around his thigh and can often be heard saying the phrase, “wa wa wa”. He develops an attraction for the Cunningham’s daughter, Joanie, immediately and never gets over it. They eventually, finally start dating and become a couple. He is cute with a slightly smart aleck attitude at first, although he gets to be sweet, sincere and cool all at the same time the older he gets. His mother, Louisa Arcola, (Ellen Travolta) later marries Al Delvecchio (the second owner of Arnold’s Drive-In) and Chachi becomes his stepson.
Mitsumo “Arnold” Takahashi (Pat Morita)-Known mostly as “Arnold” despite this not actually being his name. This, he says, is because after he bought Arnold’s restaurant, people just assumed that it was named after him and it was too expensive to replace the sign with the name “Takahashi”, so he just left it as “Arnold’s” instead. He often moonlights as a martial arts instructor as well as teaches self-defense classes at night at the Drive-In after closing time.
Al Delvecchio (Al Molinaro)-Al becomes the new owner of the Drive-In after Arnold gets married. He is a sweet man who is kind to everyone and is commonly known for talking about his former love, Rosa Coletti, who left him for a tie salesman. He would eventually fall in love again with Chachi’s mother, Louisa. Whenever he is disappointed or something is not going his way he will sigh deeply, shake his head and say, “Yeeep, yep, yep, yep, yep”. A few times he is heard saying, “Chaaachi, chachi, chachi, chachi” as well.
Jenny Piccalo (Cathy Silvers)-Jenny is the best friend of Joanie Cunningham. (Although she was mentioned often in the early years of the show, she was never actually seen until the last few seasons of the series.) Funny, spirited, brave and boy-crazy, she is known for her vivacious personality and her uplifting smile.
Lori Beth Allen (Lynda Goodfriend)-Lori Beth is the sweet girlfriend who eventually captures Richie’s heart. Pretty and uncomplicated with that girl-next-door type of personality, she fits in in to Richie’s life and family to perfection.
Ashley Pfister (Linda Purl)-Ashley is a divorcee with a child, who becomes the steady girlfriend of Fonzie.
This show was on for eleven seasons and despite a few of the more prominent characters leaving the show, they managed to keep it going with good writing and returning guest appearances from those who had left. A wonderful cast who worked extremely well together and who almost seemed to be one giant family. I give this show 7 out of 10.
Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli-Henry Winkler
Richie Cunningham-Ron Howard
Howard Cunningham-Tom Bosley
Marion Cunningham-Marion Ross
Joanie Cunningham-Erin Moran
Potsie Weber-Anson Williams
Ralph Malph-Don Most
Chachi Arcola-Scott Baio
Mitsumo “Arnold” Takahashi-Pat Morita
Al Delvecchio-Al Molinaro
Jenny Piccalo-Cathy Silvers
Roger Phillips-Ted McGinley
Lori Beth Allen-Lynda Goodfriend
Ashley Pfister-Linda Purl
Marsha Simms-Beatrice Colen
K.C. Cunningham-Crystal Bernard
Girl Playing Drum-Hillary Horan
Girl in Yellow Jacket-Heather Warren
Tommy-Kevin Rodney Sullivan
Leopold “Flip” Phillips-Billy Warlock
Police Officer Kirk-Ed Peck
Audience Member in Orange-Kit McDonough
Heather Pfister-Heather O’Rourke
Pinky Tuscadero-Roz Kelly
Rocco Baruffi-Ken Lerner
Eugene Belvin-Denis Mandel
Chuck Cunningham-Gavin O’Herlihy
Bag Zombroski-Neil J. Schwartz
Melvin Belvin-Scott Mitchell Bernstein
Audience Member in Pink-Sally Hightower
Leather Tuscadero-Suzi Quatro
Shirley Feeney-Cindy Williams
Laverne DeFazio-Penny Marshall
Donald Hedges-David Ketchum
Johnny Suede-Derrel Maury
Jennifer Jerome-Lorrie Mahaffey
Louisa Arcola-Ellen Travolta
Dr. Malph-Jack Dodson
Henry Winkler (Fonzie) was a close friend of beloved actor, John Ritter, for nearly 25 years. The day that John Ritter died, Winkler was on the set of his friend’s show, “8 Simple Rules” and was rehearsing lines with him, when Ritter collapsed. Winkler was one of the last people to speak to him and was absolutely devastated at the loss of his dear friend.
Ron Howard (Richie Cunningham) first became known for playing the character of Opie Taylor on “The Andy Griffith Show”.
Tom Bosley (Howard Cunningham) is well known not only for his role on Happy Days, but also for his roles on “Murder She Wrote” and the “Father Dowling Mysteries”.
Scott Baio (Chachi Arcola) decided he wanted to become an actor at the age of nine.
Erin Moran (Joanie Cunningham) has basically done occasional guest spots since the ending of Happy Days.
Anson Williams (Potsie Weber) is the nephew of Dr. Henry Heimlich, who created the “Heimlich Maneuver”.
Don Most (Ralph Malph) has been married to Morgan Hart for 32 years and they have two daughters.
Some people think that after the season five opener where Fonzie jumps over a shark on skis, the quality of the show started to deteriorate. To this day, when a show starts to drop in quality, it is called, “jumping the shark”(see the jump on You Tube HERE).
Pat Morita (Arnold) is best known to the world as the endearing and wise Mr. Miyagi, in the “Karate Kid” films. Although shown in the movie as a karate expert, Morita never actually took karate and learned just enough for what was required in the films.
Although for the first two seasons there are three Cunningham children, Chuck, Richie and Joanie, it is later only Richie and Joanie. The character of older brother, Chuck, was phased out, due to the realization that Fonzie was actually the ‘older brother’ that the show needed.
Al Molinaro (Al Delvecchio) is one of ten children. Two of his brothers are in politics, one of them, Joseph, was Kenosha County’s longest-serving district attorney and another, George, was a state representative for a long time in the Wisconsin assembly.
Although Ron Howard was a great actor, he left Happy Days to focus on what would become his real love, directing. His directorial debut was with the film, “Grand Theft Auto”. He won an Academy Award for his direction of the film, “A Beautiful Mind”.
Despite being well known for playing a Catholic priest as well as many Protestants over the years, Tom Bosley was actually Jewish.
Scott Baio is well known for his roles on Happy Days, “Charles in Charge” and “Diagnosis Murder”.
Marion Ross graduated from San Diego State University, where she was named “Most Outstanding Actress” during her very first year.
Cathy Silvers (Jenny Piccalo) is the daughter of actor and comedian, Phil Silvers.
Henry Winkler has been married to Stacy Weitzman for 36 years and they have two children together as well as a child from her previous marriage.
At one point, after the series became successful, creator Garry Marshall was approached about the show being able to help children learn to read. Shortly thereafter, Fonzie went to the library and checked out a book saying, “Everybody is allowed to read.” That same week, the registration for library cards went up 500 percent.
Ron Howard kept in touch with Andy Griffith even after the show’s cancellation and continued to do so for the rest of Griffith’s life.
Tom Bosley served in the United States Navy during World War II.
Pat Morita died at the age of 73 due to kidney failure, in 2005.
Don Most has done some voice work on cartoons such as, “The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang”, “Teen Wolf” and “Dungeons & Dragons”.
The character of Arthur Fonzarelli was originally supposed to be named, Arthur Maschiarelli (which was Garry Marshall’s real last name) and nicknamed “Mash”. But when ABC picked up the show, they asked Marshall to change it because of the similarity between the name and the popular show “M*A*S*H” on a rival network.
Al Molinaro and Anson Williams (Potsie) opened up a chain of diners in the Midwest area of the United States in 1987, called “Big Al’s”, after his character on Happy Days.
Anson Williams has been married two times and has six children.
Ted McGinley was the captain of the USC water polo team.
Lynda Goodfriend (Lori Beth Allen) is now a talent manager.
Henry Winkler is the godfather of Ron Howard’s daughter, Bryce Dallas Howard.
Ron Howard was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 2013.
Marion Ross starred in movies with such big names as Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, Carey Grant, Ginger Rogers, William Holden and Shirley MacLaine.
The character of Fonzie absolutely loved riding motorcycles; however, Henry Winkler did not. He was completely terrified of them. He attempted to ride the motorcycle on the show one time, but ended up crashing into a sound van, so from then on, the shots where Fonzie is riding the bike, is with the motorcycle itself attached to a platform and being pulled by a truck.
The “Theme From Happy Days” peaked at number five as a hit single on the national charts in the summer of 1976.
Pat Morita started as a stand-up comedian and was actually discovered by veteran actor and comedian, Redd Foxx.
Sadly, Tom Bosley died in October of 2010, at the age of 83. He had lung cancer but died of heart failure.
Henry Winkler had a somewhat strained relationship with his parents, partially due to the fact that they seemed unwilling to acknowledge his dyslexia. According to Winkler, his father would punish him for his academic problems in school and call him a “dumb dog” as well. Winkler was not actually diagnosed with dyslexia until the age of 31.
Erin Moran came in at #71 on VH1’s “The Greatest: 100 Greatest Kid Stars”(2005).
Al Molinaro is now retired from acting.
Cathy Silvers has been married to David Fulmer for thirteen years and they have five children.
In season one of the show, Fonzie is seen wearing a windbreaker. From season two until the end of the series, he wears his trademark brown leather jacket. That jacket now hangs in the Smithsonian.
Ron Howard has been married to his wife, Cheryl, for nearly 40 years and they have four children together. All of his children are named after the place where they were conceived.
Ted McGinley took actress Brooke Shields to her senior prom in 1982.
Anson Williams was the captain of his high school track team.
Tom Bosley actually turned down the role of the kind and loving father, Howard Cunningham, the first time he read the script. However, after reading the script for the shows pilot a second time and being moved by one scene in particular between Richie and his dad, Bosley reconsidered and took the role that made him a household name.
Henry Winkler, in addition to being an actor, producer and director is also an author. He co-authored twelve children’s book with Lin Oliver and the series is called, “Hank Zipzer, The World’s Greatest Underachiever”. They are based on Winkler’s own struggle with dyslexia as a child (although he was unaware at the time) and have sold more than 2 million copies.
Pat Morita was diagnosed with spinal tuberculosis at two years old and informed that he would never walk. He spent most of the next nine years in hospitals.
Marion Ross was married at one time to Freeman Meskiman, with whom she had two children, a son and a daughter.
Ron Howard cast his parents in the movie “Apollo Thirteen” as well as gave a cameo role to his daughter, Bryce.
Erin Moran had to be evicted from her foreclosed Palmdale, California home in 2010.
Scott Baio married his girlfriend, Renee Sloan, in 2007. In November of that same year, they had a baby girl who was born five weeks premature. Initially one of a set of twins, Renee had sadly lost the other baby at only 11 weeks gestation. Soon after her birth, the baby girl (Bailey) tested false positive for a rare metabolic disorder. As a result, Baio and his family started the “Bailey Baio Angel Foundation” to help provide financial support to families who have to deal with metabolic disorders.
In the series’ final episode, Tom Bosley stepped out of character, turned to the cameras and thanked the viewers for being a part of the Cunningham family for the many years the show had been on the air.
When songs were heard playing from the juke box, it was more often than not, the voice of Anson Williams.
Ron Howard lives on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina.
Anson Williams’ first wife, Lorrie Mahaffey, played Potsie’s girlfriend, Jennifer on Happy Days in some of the later seasons.
Ted McGinley was cast in Happy Days after a casting director happened to see a picture of him in the magazine, GQ. He started out as a model and not an actor.
Henry Winkler and his wife, Stacy, co-founded the “Children’s Action Network”, in 1990, which provides free immunizations to over 200,000 children.
Pat Morita was the first American-born Asian to ever be nominated for an Academy Award.
When Ron Howard was first offered the chance to play Richie Cunningham, he passed. His reasoning was that he didn’t want to “be a teenager the rest of my life” on television. Garry Marshall then promised him that if the series was picked up, Richie and his friends would finish high school and become adults. Howard then changed his mind.
One of the more popular of the show’s lines was “Sit on it!” and was ranked in TV Guide’s list of “TV’s 20 Top Catchphrases”. It ranked at number eight.
Henry Winkler insisted that showing Fonzie comb his hair would make him look like a hoodlum. The network however disagreed and wanted him to do it. Instead, Winkler came up with the gag where Fonzie prepares to comb his hair, looks in the mirror and shrugs (the insinuation being that he already looks good and he doesn’t need to do it). This ended up getting him a big laugh and became a Fonzie trademark. At a later point in the series, Fonzie actually shows Richie his comb and says, “Do you know I have had this comb for nine years, and it has never once touched my hair.”
Marion Howard’s daughter, Ellen Plummer, was a writer/producer on the popular sitcom, “Friends“.
Ron Howard directed the amazing Bette Davis, in the television movie, “Skyward” in 1980. This is a quote from Howard on working with Davis: “She didn’t much like that there was this 25-year-old from a sitcom that was directing her. I was talking to her on the phone and I said, ‘Well, Miss Davis, I’ll protect you as the director and make sure you’re prepared and that your performance will not suffer’, and she said, ‘I disagree, Mr. Howard’. I said, ‘Miss Davis, just call me Ron’, and she said, ‘No, I will call you Mr. Howard until I decide whether I like you or not’. And then (on the set) I gave her a note. And she tried it, and it worked for her. She said, ‘You’re right, that works much better. Let’s shoot’. And at the end of the whole thing, I said, ‘Well, Miss Davis, great first day. I’ll see you tomorrow’. She said, ‘Okay, Ron, see you tomorrow’ and she patted me on the ass.”
Linda Purl does work for several charities, these include: AIDS Project Los Angeles, Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Haven House.
Scott Baio is a registered Republican and was one of the “famous guests” who attended during the historical ceremonies of President Ronald Reagan’s televised state funeral. In an article published about the funeral in The New York Daily News by Michelle Caruso, Baio was mentioned. He had been sitting next to former U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who said this: “Scott Baio who played Chachi on the hit sitcom Happy Days said: ‘President Reagan made me feel proud to be an American. Today I feel sadness.'”
Al Molinaro has been married twice and has one son.
At one point during the show’s run, a call came through from Paramount Studios from a teenaged boy who was thinking of committing suicide and wanted to talk to Fonzie. Henry Winkler actually took the phone call, gave the boy a pep-talk and convinced him to give things another try.
Happy Days is ABC’s second-longest running sitcom in television history. Coming in only behind “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” which was on for fourteen seasons.
At the funeral procession of Pat Morita, his former co-star in the Karate Kid films, Ralph Macchio, quoted, “Forever, my Sensei” towards the mourners.
A quote from Tom Bosley about Happy Days: “Happy Days was about a family… although the show was shot in the 70’s, it was about a family in the 50’s. I realized that kids were watching their parents grow up and the parents were watching themselves grow up. That was the key to the success of our show.”
Cathy Silvers is a twin. Her sister is Candace and appeared on an episode of Happy Days with her.
Anson Williams has become a director and producer since the ending of the Happy Days series, although he does still act occasionally.
Ted McGinley is commonly referred to as “the patron saint of shark jumping”. Although a good actor, he just happens to be cast at the time a show is starting to decline or to replace a regular cast member. This is odd since the term; “jump the shark” originated with the Happy Days series.
Ron Howard met producer Brian Grazer in 1981, and the two worked on the films, “Night Shift” (starring Henry Winkler) and “Splash” in the next few years. In 1986, Howard and Grazer co-founded the company, Imagine Films Entertainment. This is the company behind such amazing films as “Backdraft”, “Parenthood”, “Apollo 13”, “8 Mile”, “For Love or Money”, “Far and Away” and many others.
Two decades after the first Arnold’s Drive-In set was destroyed, the set was re-built based on the original floor plan. This was done in 2004, at the request of the Happy Days 30th Anniversary Reunion.
Henry Winkler was actually asked to play the character of Danny Zuko in the now famous movie, “Grease”, but decided against it for fear of being typecast after his decade long stint as Fonzie.
Ron Howard ranked at #7 on VH1’s list of “100 Greatest Kid Stars”.
The series finished its fourth season at #1 in the Nielsen ratings, ending a five-year reign from the television series, “All in the Family”.
Marion Ross does the voice of Grandma SquarePants on the incredibly popular cartoon, “SpongeBob SquarePants”.
During World War II, Pat Morita and his family were placed in an internment camp.
Tom Bosley won a Tony Award for his role as Fiorello H. La Guardia in the long-running Broadway musical, “Fiorello!”.
In 2011, five of the show’s cast members filed a $10 million breach-of-contract lawsuit against CBS, who own the show, claiming that they had not been paid for merchandising revenues that were owed to them under their contracts. The five (Marion Ross, Anson Williams, Don Most, Erin Moran and the estate of the late Tom Bosley) claimed that they had not received revenues from many of the show-related items. In the end, they settled out of court and each received $65,000 apiece as well as a promise that CBS would continue to honor the terms of their contracts.
Scott Baio ranked #18 on VH1’s “100 Greatest Teen Stars”.
Don Most attended Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and was a member of Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity.
In 2011, Henry Winkler received an Order of the British Empire award from Queen Elizabeth II, in recognition of his work with British children and their challenges in learning. He did this through his My Way! Campaign.
The Happy Days series has spawned a total of seven spin-off shows. These were: Joanie Loves Chachi, Laverne & Shirley, Blansky’s Beauties, Mork & Mindy, Out of the Blue, The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang (animated) and Laverne & Shirley with Special Guest Star the Fonz (animated).
Ted McGinley has been married for 23 years to actress Gigi Rice and has two sons.
Happy Days used the song “Rock Around the Clock” and made it so popular, that the song, which originally went to #1 in 1955, went back onto the pop charts nineteen years after its original debut and made it the whole way to #39 in 1974.
On the American Film Institute’s list of “100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time”, Ron Howard has directed two, “A Beautiful Mind” which was #93 and “Apollo 13” which was #12.
Marion Ross lived with her companion, actor Paul Michael, until his death in July of 2011.
In a documentary film entitled, “Paper Clips”, Tom Bosley shared a profound story of his experience with the Holocaust.
Anson Williams is the founder of the cosmetics company, Starmaker Products.
Henry Winkler is a firm democrat and has spent both his time and money on various liberal causes along with the campaigns and elections of several presidents, as well as several presidential candidates.
Al Molinaro had a role on the hit show, “The Odd Couple” as Officer Murray Greshler.
Pat Morita was a big fan of the Green Bay Packers football team.
Based on their musical work in the series, both Scott Baio and Anson Williams received record deals.
Linda Purl has been married four times. The first time was to Desi Arnaz, Jr. who is the son of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, stars of the now famous series, “I Love Lucy“.
Howard Cunningham ranked #9 in TV Guide’s list of the “50 Greatest TV Dads of All-Time”.