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'Happy Days' Star Al Molinaro Dead At 96

11/1/2015 7:26am EST
'Happy Days' Star Al Molinaro Dead At The Age Of 96
"Happy Days" star Al Molinaro, who played Al's Drive In owner Al DelVecchio, died Thursday at the age of 96.

According to E!, Molinaro died in a Wisconsin hospital.

Molinaro's son Michael confirmed the news to TMZ.

Michael Molinaro reported that the beloved sitcom actor had very bad gallstones, but chose against having surgery due to his age.

Molinaro joined the beloved ABC sitcom "Happy Days" during its fourth season by taking over the diner from another beloved character actor, "The Karate Kid's" Pat Morita.

The actor Molinaro appeared in more than 140 episodes as Delvecchio, who bou...
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The 10 Most Annoying TV Kids Of All Time!

7/24/2014 2:00pm EDT
The 10 Most Annoying TV Kids Of All Time!
Character-driven storylines are the life breath of any avid television watcher. The more interesting, the better. Still, in order to flesh out a main character, several sub characters need to be added. Often times, they are younger. Unless there are substantial reasons why a particular child character is added to a new or existing show, they fall by the wayside, not pushing the plot forward and often, holding it back. These television kids all have one thing in common, their presence on their shows is ultimately annoying.

1. Joffrey Baratheon, Game of Thrones

Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) mi...
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Grab The Tissues, It's The 10 Most Memorable TV Weddings Ever

6/13/2014 2:00pm EDT
Grab The Tissues, It's The 10 Most Memorable TV Weddings Ever
From "GH's" Luke and Laura to "Game of Thrones'" Red Wedding, television fans love a good wedding ceremony! If the ceremony goes a bit awry, all the better! Weddings are a good way for the entire cast to unite (or reunite as the case may be) for one last time as in a series finale, or a way to push forward the story (as in the case of "Game of Thrones") a way that is unexpected. Grab the tissues, sit back and remember the 10 best weddings in TV history!

1. Luke and Laura, "General Hospital"

On November 16, 1981, as estimated 30 million guests tuned in to watch the most iconic TV weddi...
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9 Best TV Series' Adapted From A Feature Film

4/30/2014 4:00pm EDT
9 Best TV Series' Adapted From A Feature Film
More often than not, a popular television series will be capitalized upon in a quick-release feature film that often becomes a forgotten fragment of an actor or actresses work. But, there are even fewer great television series that are based on a movie. In fact there are so few that 9 was the magic number for this list. A great television series has to capture the audience's attention and make them want to tune in weekly, despite the myriad of choices they have. These in particular, did the job and well.

1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Series and Film)

There are very few people who recall th...
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9 Spin-Off Shows That Were Real Hits

4/15/2014 4:00pm EDT
9 Spin-Off Shows That Were Real Hits
Remember what it was like when you were dedicated to one show only, you never missed an episode and hoped your favorite characters (or personalities) would get their turn in the spotlight? Well that did happen to these classic spin-offs, who found their niche in television history and rightly remain some of the most unique and diverse group of programming ever made for television.

1. "The Simpsons"

(Spun off of "The Tracey Ullman Show")

"The Simpsons" was a cartoon short utilized in the series "The Tracey Ullman Show" during its run from 1987-1990. The show took on a life of its own i...
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'Happy Days' Stars Reach Settlement

7/7/2012 4:03pm EDT
Happy Days
Cast members from hit U.S. sitcom Happy Days have ended a longrunning feud with TV bosses after reaching an out-of-court settlement over merchandising profits.

Actors Marion Ross, Anson Williams, Don Most and Erin Moran and the widow of Tom Bosley launched a $10 million lawsuit against CBS network chiefs last year, accusing them of committing fraud by withholding money from sales of Happy Days-themed memorabilia which feature their images.

They were handed cheques ranging from $6,000 to $6,500 as compensation, but the stars vowed to press ahead with their case.

They suffered a setback...
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'Happy Days' Merchandise Case Heads To Trial

6/11/2012 2:18pm EDT
Happy Days
Cast members from hit sitcom Happy Days are preparing for a court battle in their ongoing fight with TV bosses for a cut of profits from merchandising sales.

Actors Marion Ross, Anson Williams, Don Most and Erin Moran and the widow of Tom Bosley launched a $10 million lawsuit against CBS network chiefs last year, accusing them of committing fraud by withholding money from sales of Happy Days-themed memorabilia which features their images.

They were handed checks ranging from $6,000 to $6,500 as compensation, but the stars vowed to press ahead with their case. They suffered a setback in...
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Former Sex Addict Scott Baio Plans Tell-All Book

2/9/2012 9:30am EST
Scott Baio
Former "Happy Days" pin-up Scott Baio is set to reveal all about his romances and sex romps with stars like Brooke Shields, Lesley Ann Warren and Melissa Gilbert in a steamy new memoir.

Baio, who played Chachi in the hit TV show and spin-off "Joanie Loves Chachi," battled sex addiction for years and now he's revealing his bedroom secrets with his famous exes.

A publishing source tells the Globe magazine the explosive book will include details about the actor's alleged trysts with Pamela Anderson, Nicollette Sheridan, Denise Richards and Heather Locklear.

The insider says, "He bedded some...
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Jane Lynch: 'I Had A Crush On Ron Howard'

11/15/2011 3:27pm EST
Jane Lynch
A tearful Jane Lynch met her childhood crush Ron Howard for the very first time on TV on Monday.

The gay Glee star has often discussed her longtime affection for Howard, who played innocent Richie Cunningham on the popular sitcom Happy Days when she was growing up, but never got the chance to meet him face-to-face.

That changed while she was promoting her memoirs on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon when the host booked the two celebrities on the same show.

Expressing her delight, she said, "Like every closeted lesbian in the 1970s, I had a crush on Ron Howard. It's the truth. All gay girl...
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'Happy Days' Stars Lose Fraud Fight Against TV Producers

10/20/2011 8:17am EDT
Happy Days
A judge in California has thrown out a claim from Happy Days cast members who allege TV bosses committed fraud by failing to pay them for merchandising sales.

A number of the sitcom's stars, including Marion Ross, Anson Williams, Don Most, and Erin Moran, filed a $10 million lawsuit earlier this year, claiming CBS chiefs owed them money from sales of Happy Days-themed merchandise which features their images.

They were subsequently handed checks with values ranging from $6,000 to $6,500, but vowed to press ahead with their case. The group suffered a setback on Wednesday when Los Angeles ...
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Henry Winkler Receives His Order Of The British Empire Medal

9/15/2011 8:49am EDT
Henry Winkler
Happy Days legend Henry Winkler picked up an honorary Order of the British Empire (OBE) medal at the U.K. embassy in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.

The actor, who played cool dude the Fonz in the beloved U.S. sitcom, was handed the medal in recognition of his work for U.K. children's charities, specifically with kids who have dyslexia.

British ambassador Nigel Sheinwald presented the OBE to Winkler during a ceremony at the embassy.

Winkler says, "I am overwhelmed to have had my work recognized in this manner, and hope to continue showing children that no matter how they learn, they ha...
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'Happy Days' Stars Receive Payments From Royalties Case

7/21/2011 10:54am EDT
Happy Days
The cast members of Happy Days who are fighting for a share of merchandise proceeds from the hit show have received small payments from TV bosses.

A number of the sitcom's stars, including Marion Ross, Anson Williams, Don Most, and Erin Moran, have filed a $10 million lawsuit against bosses at CBS, alleging they are owed money from sales of Happy Days-themed merchandise which features their images.

The actors have now received checks from CBS, with values ranging from $6,000 to $6,500, and the group's lawyer, Jon Pfeiffer, reveals studio bosses "claimed that is the full payment for all ...
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Happy 60th Birthday Robin Williams!

7/21/2011 8:47am EDT
Robin Williams
Robin Williams has joked his way to a milestone age - the funnyman turns the big 6-0 on Thursday.

He rose to fame playing an oddball alien in TV's Mork & Mindy and went on to take the movie industry by storm, all while juggling a successful stand-up career.

With a number of awards under his belt and a string of high-profile roles in films including "Good Morning, Vietnam," "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "Good Will Hunting," Williams has cemented his place as one of Hollywood's most hilarious - and hairiest - men.

To celebrate his 60 years, WENN has compiled 10 fascinating facts about the star:

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CBS Fires Back Over 'Happy Days' Lawsuit

6/27/2011 9:22am EDT
Happy Days
TV bosses at CBS have fired back at the stars of "Happy Days" after they sued the company for breach of contract, insisting the castmates don't have a case.

Attorney Jon Pfeiffer, acting on behalf of the actors, filed a lawsuit against the TV executives in a Los Angeles Superior Court in April, accusing them of using the cast's photos on casino slot machines without paying them.

The stars of the hit sitcom, which aired between 1974 and 1984, were promised a five percent cut from net proceeds if their sole image was used and a two-and-a-half per cent cut if their image appeared as part of ...
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'Grease' & 'Taxi' Star Jeff Conaway Dies At 60

5/27/2011 3:08pm EDT
Jeff Conaway
Grease star Jeff Conaway has died, a day after he was taken off life support. He was 60.

Conaway was hospitalized at Encino Hospital Medical Center on May 11 after he was found unconscious at his California home.

The actor's spokesman Phil Brock recently revealed he was found with a cocktail of "painkillers and cold medicine in his system", and doctors went on to diagnose him with pneumonia and sepsis, a potentially fatal blood poisoning caused by a bacterial infection.

He remained in a coma and his family decided to switch off his life support machine on Thursday after medics admitted h...
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'Happy Days' Actors File Lawsuit Against CBS

4/19/2011 3:23pm EDT
Marion Ross
Happy Days cast members have taken legal action against bosses at CBS network, insisting they haven't been paid for the continued use of their images.

Attorney Jon Pfeiffer, acting on behalf of the actors, filed a breach of contract suit against the firm executives in a Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday. He accuses network bosses of using the cast's photos on casino slot machines without paying them a portion of their rightful earnings.

The stars of the hit sitcom, which aired between 1974 and 1984, were promised a five per cent cut from net proceeds if their sole image was used and...
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Jane Lynch Inspired To Act By 'Happy Days' Star Anson Williams

3/16/2011 11:09pm EDT
Jane Lynch
Glee star Jane Lynch has Happy Days actor Anson Williams to partly thank for her first taste of showbusiness failure - because "stupid" advice he gave to her when she was 13 actually paid off.

A young Lynch called into a radio station in her native Chicago, Illinois to chat to Williams and co-star Ron Howard when they were promoting her favourite show - and she asked them for advice on making it as an actor.

Howard suggested she join school drama groups and head out to Hollywood when she was older, while Williams had a more business-savvy option.

The actress recalls, "He said, 'You go do...
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Henry Winkler Honored With Order of the British Empire Medal

2/23/2011 11:22pm EST
Henry Winkler
Beloved actor Henry Winkler has been honored in Britain by The Queen for his work with children's charities.

The Happy Days star has been awarded an Order of the British Empire medal.

Appearing on TV news show Access Hollywood Live on Wednesday, Winkler revealed, "I just got a letter from The Queen. It said she graciously agrees to confer on me the Order of the British Empire... I felt great.

"I'm one of four people outside of Great Britain, in the world, that has gotten it this year.

"I was told that I would never achieve. The Queen wrote me."

But Winkler won't be jetting off to Bucki...
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Bryce Dallas Howard: 'I Never Watched Happy Days'

1/13/2011 8:30am EST
Bryce Dallas Howard
Actress Bryce Dallas Howard was baffled by school pals' questions about her director dad Ron's time on Happy Days - because she never watched the classic TV show.

The Village actress grew up unaware of her dad's acting credits, insisting she only ever knew her father as a moviemaker.

And it wasn't until she was in her early 20s that she caught up on her dad's time as Richie Cunningham after U.S. chatshow host Jay Leno gifted her with a boxset.

She tells Britain's You magazine, "I never watched Happy Days. School friends used to say, 'What did you think of your dad in the show?' But I did...
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Henry Wrinkler To Write New Biography

1/8/2011 9:00am EST
Henry Winkler
Henry Winkler is expanding his literary portfolio with a book about fatherhood, fly fishing and photography.

The "Happy Days" star has signed a deal with Insight Editions to pen a quirky new biography, which will be published in May.

"I've Never Met an Idiot on the River: Reflections on Family, Fishing, and Photography" is a "collection of everyday wisdom" on his favorite pastimes, and how his hobbies have helped him become a better dad.

Winker stepped into the literary world in 2003, after collaborating on a series of children's books about a school kid named Hank Zipzer, who is dyslexi...
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Notable 2010 Celebrity Deaths

12/31/2010 8:00am EST
2010 Celeb Deaths
Fortunately, 2010 wasn't a big one for celebrity deaths. In 2009, several notables died, including Michael Jackson, Patrick Swayze and Farrah Fawcett.

May was a particularly bad month, in which stars such as Gary Coleman and Dennis Hopper passed away.

Casey Johnson, Johnson & Johnson heiress and fiancee of reality star Tila Tequila, died January 4 from diabetic ketoacidosis.

"All My Children" patriarch James Mitchell died on January 22, weeks shy of his 90th birthday. The cause was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease complicated by pneumonia.

"Poltergeist" star Zelda Rubenstein di...
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'Happy Days' Star Tom Bosley Dead At 83

10/19/2010 2:02pm EDT
Happy Days
Beloved American actor and Happy Days star Tom Bosley has passed away at his home in Palm Springs, California, aged 83.

Family members tell TMZ.com the star had been battling a staph infection, but further details regarding his death were unavailable as WENN went to press. After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Bosley made his stage debut in Our Town with Chicago's Canterbury Players.

He later shared the stage with Paul Newman at the Woodstock Opera House in Illinois, but his breakthrough stage role came in 1959 when he portrayed New York Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia in Pul...
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In Honor Of Fathers Day: 10 Best TV Dads

6/19/2010 4:00pm EDT
Mike Brady, Hank Hill, Cliff Huxtable
Since Father's Day is this Sunday, we wanted to take some time to honor some of the best TV dads of all time. So, loosen your belt, crack open a beer, plop down on the recliner and check out which fantastic fathers made our Top 10!

Ward Cleaver, Leave It to Beaver - Ward, as played by Hugh Beaumont, was THE prototypical middle-class suburban dad of the late '50s and early '60s. He was an all-American guy who worked hard all day, appreciated his wife and acted as the moral compass for his sons, Wally and Beaver. Even though the world has changed a great deal since LITB aired, Ward's influen...
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5 TV Shows That (Maybe?) Should Be Made Into Movies

6/10/2010 9:13am EDT
5 TV Shows That (Maybe?) Should Be Made Into Movies
Turning classic TV shows into big screen movies seems to be the current forte in Hollywood. Sometimes they work (The Brady Bunch Movie, Mission: Impossible, Charlie’s Angels). Oftentimes they don’t (Bewitched, The Dukes of Hazzard, I Spy, The Honeymooners). In honor of yet another classic TV show being made into a movie (The A Team hits theaters this Friday, June 11), here are five classic TV shows that should have their own big screen adaptations – with all new casts, of course – sometime in the near future. Maybe.

Happy Days: Although set in 1950s and 1960s America, this classic sitcom r...
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Henry Winkler Says Botox Is A 'Gift To The World' For Stroke Victims

6/1/2010 8:43am EDT
Henry Winkler
Former "Happy Days" star Henry Winkler is speaking out about the heath benefits of Botox injections, insisting the medication could have given his late mother a better quality of life after she suffered a stroke.

The actor has joined forces with Botox manufacturer Allergan, Inc. and a coalition of five national patient advocacy organizations, including National Stroke Association and the Brain Injury Association of America to launch a new awareness program.

Winkler says he signed up as the ambassador for the Open Arms when he learned of the benefits of Botox and realized the neurotoxic pr...
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TV And Movie Objects That Would Make Great Christmas Presents

12/18/2009 10:01am EST
The Dark Knight
Objects are often the most important thing on a television show or in a film. They represent a character's personality or serve as a key symbol for a scene or episode. But most of all, they are highly desirable items that audiences and fans want, but probably can't have in real life. Whether it's Dark Knight's Batpod motorcycle or a sexy dress worn by Eva Longoria's character on Desperate Housewives, we would love to get our hands on these items. They would make great collectibles and Christmas presents. Here are some notable TV and movie objects that would make great Christmas presents:

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Top 5 Coolest School Kids In TV & Film History

11/11/2009 12:00pm EST
Ferris Bueller
These are the big men on campus, guys you would like to hang out with, not just because they're cool guys, but because they have power; these kids get all the girls, they got their school principals by the balls, and most importantly, they have some serious clout.

5. Danny Zuco of the film Grease

Danny had a summer fling with a girl who looked like a heyday Olivia Newton John, she ended up going to his school the following school year, and he acted like he didn't know her, suggesting that she try the Yellow Pages to find who she was looking for. Cold blooded!

With the help of his ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, October 25

10/25/2009 3:00am EDT
Ciara
Happy Birthday to:

R&B Singer Ciara (1985)

Red Hot Chili Peppers / Chickenfoot drummer Chad Smith (1962)

Voice of Bart Simpson Nancy Cartwright (1957)

Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton (1948)

Yes lead singer Jon Anderson (1944)

Australian singer Helen Reddy (1941)

Happy Days actress Marion Ross (1928)

Country singer Minnie Pearl (1912; d. 1996)

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Celebrity Birthdays, October 1

10/1/2009 3:00am EDT
Randy Quaid
Happy Birthday to:

Actor Randy Quaid (1950)

British DJ and rapper Dizzee Rascal (1985)

Puerto Rican actor Esai Morales (1962)

Mary Poppins star Julie Andrews (1935)

Harry Potter's first "Dumbledore" Richard Harris (1930)

"Hannibal Smith" from The A-Team George Peppard (1928)

Happy Days actor Tom Bosley (1927)

Comedic actor Walter Matthau (1920)

Russian pianist Vladimir Horowitz (1903)

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Celebrity Birthdays, September 25

9/25/2009 3:00am EDT
Mark Hamill
Happy Birthday to:

"Star Wars" star Mark Hamill (1951)

Rapper T.I. (1980)

"Queer as Folk" actor Hal Sparks (1971)

Ween guitarist Dean Ween (1970)

"Entrapment" actress Catherine Zeta-Jones (1969)

"Hancock" star Will Smith (1968)

"The Sopranos" actress Aida Turturro (1962)

"Spin City" actress Heather Locklear (1961)

"Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2" actor Michael Madsen (1958)

"Happy Days" actor Anson Williams (1952)

"Somewhere in Time" actor Christopher Reeve (1952; d. 2004)

English actress Felicity Kendal (1946)

"Romancing the Stone" actor Michael Douglas (1944)
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