15 November 2019 06:33
All that was missing was their booth at Al's: five original cast members from Happy Days reunited in Los Angeles Wednesday to pay tribute to their former boss and mentor, the late Garry Marshall. The beloved quintet — Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Don Most, Anson Williams, and Marion Ross — were honored at a gala to support Marshall's eponymous 130-seat theatre in Burbank, California. But the fundraiser turned into a sentimental trip down memory lane as Richie, Potsie, Ralph, Marion, and the Fonz talked about the good ol' days on the Paramount lot with Marshall, the Happy Days creator who died in 2016. Howard, 65, recalled how a chance audition with Marshall for a Love, American Style spin-off "kept me out of the f–king jungle" during the Vietnam War. That meeting not only led to his six-year run on the ABC sitcom, but helped to launch his successful directing career. "They wanted a tall Italian and they got a short Jew," quipped Winkler, who was nominated for an Emmy three times for Happy Days before finally winning his first (and second) trophy for costarring opposite Bill Hader in HBO's Barry.
Most, who was a junior at LeHigh University when he auditioned for Happy Days, said "we were so good at what we did because we respected each other and loved each other," said the 66-year-old. It was a spouse and children affair on Wednesday when the cast of "Happy Days" arrived with each other to honor the legacy of the famous sitcom's creator, Garry Marshall. Marshall, who served as government producer and showrunner of the 1950s comedy series and its various spinoffs, was honored Wednesday alongside solid users including Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Don Most, Anson Williams and Marlon Ross. From remaining, Don Most, Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross and Anson Williams at an yearly gala this week in California. (Photograph by Rachel Luna/Getty Images) The castmates took a sentimental journey down Memory Lane and chatted about their time with the classic sitcom, recalling time put in on the Paramount good deal with Marshall, who died in July 2016.
Marshall, who served as executive producer and showrunner of the 1950s comedy series and its various spinoffs, was honored Wednesday alongside cast members including Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Don Most, Anson Williams and Marlon Ross. According to Entertainment Weekly, Howard, 65, opened up about a chance encounter with Marshall that led to an audition for a "Love, American Style" spinoff that Howard said "kept me out of the f---ing jungle" during the Vietnam War. 'HAPPY DAYS' STAR HENRY WINKLER SAYS RON HOWARD'S 'FEELINGS WERE HURT' BY FONZIE'S SUCCESS Winkler recalled coming to Los Angeles from New York, having studied drama at Yale, to audition for the role of the Fonz. Most was in his junior year at Lehigh University when he auditioned for "Happy Days," according to the outlet, and the 66-year-old said of his time on the show, "we were so good at what we did because we respected each other and loved each other." Williams, 70, simply said he was grateful that Marshall often encouraged him to explore other opportunities in show business, which led to work as a director of episodic television. It was a loved ones affair on Wednesday when the forged of "Happy Days" arrived jointly to honor the legacy of the famous sitcom's creator, Garry Marshall.
"Happy Days" stars Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Don Most, Anson Williams and Marion Ross reunited Wednesday in Los Angeles to pay tribute to the classic series and its late creator, Hollywood director Garry Marshall. Barbara Marshall, widow of Garry Marshall, third from left, poses with "Happy Days" stars (L-R) Don Most, Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross and Anson Williams at a fundraiser for the Garry Marshall Theatre. The "Happy Days" cast in 1974: (clockwise from left) Don Most, Anson Williams, Gavan O'Herlihy, Henry Winkler, Ron Howard, Erin Moran, Tom Bosley and Marion Ross.