Star of ‘Happy Days’ Al Molinaro Passes at 96

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TMZ confirmed that 96-year-old actor, Al Molinaro, of Happy Days fame, has passed away just four years shy of 100 years of age in a hospital in his home state of Wisconsin.

Molinaro starred in the iconic ABC sitcom, Happy Days, as the good-natured owner of the fictional Arnold’s Diner, Al DelVecchio AKA Big Al.

The series enjoyed ten years on the air and it was during the second season that Molinaro joined the cast in 1974. He made a return to the small screen in the same role on the show’s spinoff, Joanie Loves Chachi.

Twenty years after his first appearance as Big Al, Molinaro made his last appearance in his famous role as the lovable diner owner in Weezer’s 1994 music video for their hit song, “Buddy Holly.”