Popular ‘50s tunes were very expensive and hard to get clearance on for TV shows. For that reason, Potsie actor Anson Williams would often provide the voice for music coming through the jukebox at Arnold’s.
It was a fitting option considering his part on the show… he played a hopeful musician.
By far the biggest and most iconic star of Happy Days was “The Fonz,” who was played by the endearing Henry Winkler. He was the biker-looking dude with a heart of gold. He always tried to make sure his friends and family got the best out of life.
As previously mentioned, he also jumped a shark on a pair of waterskis. The ladies loved The Fonz, and America completely fell in love with him.
We didn’t see a lot of Henry Winkler on the acting side for years after Happy Days ended. That’s because he started the production company that created “MacGyver,” “Mr. Sunshine,” and other TV shows.
Years later he would resurface in a bunch of films with comedian Adam Sandler. His roles included characters in Little Nicky, Click, and The Waterboy.
More recently he appeared in popular TV shows that include Arrested Development, Parks and Recreation, and Royal Pains. He has written an amazing 26 books.
He was the head of the household in the Cunningham family and the owner of Cunningham Hardware. Lovingly known as Mr. C, he was a middle-class guy who put his family first and kept with traditional family values. Nobody has thrown down such a good lecture to their kids since he did it on the show.
Tom Bosley has since passed away, but not before an amazing career on screen and stage.
Bosley won a Tony for the Broadway musical Fiorello! and then turned his attention to guest starring roles on shows like That ‘70s Show, Walker Texas Ranger, ER, and even the cartoon Rugrats.
We lost this amazing actor in 2010, after a long battle with lung cancer.
Marion was the matriarch of the Cunningham family and it is impossible to imagine the show without her. She was the mother of Richie and Joanie, and one of the sweetest and most good-natured characters in TV history.
We loved watching her rebel, like the time she gave up her housewife role to try her hand as a waitress. Such a modern day woman!