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Happy Days Creator Garry Marshall Dies

'Pretty Woman' director had '70s sitcom empire

(Newser) - Writer-director Garry Marshall, whose deft touch with comedy and romance led to a string of TV hits that included Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley and the box-office successes Pretty Woman and Runaway Bride, has died, the AP reports. He was 81. Marshall died Tuesday at a hospital in Burbank,... More »

Happy Days' 'Big Al' Dies

Al Molinaro was 96

(Newser) - Sad new for Happy Days fans: Al Molinaro, best known for playing drive-in owner "Big Al" Delvecchio, has died in a California hospital from a gallstone infection, reports the Kenosha News , his hometown paper. He was 96. Molinaro, whose character took over the drive-in from Pat Morita's character,... More »

'Fonzie' Recalls Robin Williams' TV Debut: 'He Was a Miracle'

Before 'Mork & Mindy' came a cameo on 'Happy Days'

(Newser) - Robin Williams fans know that the TV show Mork & Mindy launched him to national fame. But bigger fans know that he first played his alien character in an episode of Happy Days. Last night, Henry "the Fonz" Winkler told Rachel Maddow on MSNBC that it was clear from... More »

83% Don't Know What 'Jumped the Shark' Means

And 43% want Hillary for VP

(Newser) - The latest 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll offers readers a new batch of quirky questions, including whether they’re familiar with the Happy Days-inspired phrase “jumped the shark.” Some 83% of respondents didn’t know it meant a show was past its prime. Among other interesting stats:
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Big Bird's a Pinko, Charges Writer

Leftist agenda infuses primetime, complains author Ben Shapiro

(Newser) - Red alert! Big Bird is part of a plot by Hollywood liberals to poison children and adult minds with "pinko" ideology. That's the claim maxi-conservative author Ben Shapiro argues in his new book. And it's not just Sesame Street and reruns of shows including M*A*S*H that are... More »

Happy Days' Tom Bosley Dead at 83

He played beloved TV dad Howard Cunningham

(Newser) - A sad week for iconic TV parents. Tom Bosley—Mr. C from Happy Days—has died of heart failure at age 83. He had been suffering from lung cancer. TV Guide ranked Bosley's Howard Cunningham character No. 9 on its list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All... More »

Opie, Andy, Fonzie Endorse Obama

Howard ignites blast from the past in bid to rocket Obama to White House

(Newser) - Ron Howard has taken a trip down TV memory lane to stump for Barack Obama, reports the Chicago Tribune. In a serious-humorous video posted on Funny or Die, Howard reprises his role as Opie alongside TV pop Sheriff Andy Griffith—who tells Opie he could someday grow up to vote... More »

Happy Days as Milwaukee Bronzes Fonz

Sitcom's cast turns out to see icon of cool achieve immortality

(Newser) - More than 500 people showed up today to celebrate the addition of Milwaukee’s newest landmark, a 5-foot-6 bronze statue of Happy Days character the Fonz, the Journal Sentinel reports. Most of the cast of the 1970s TV hit showed up for the event, presided over by comedian John McGivern.... More »

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