Al Molinaro, the actor known best for playing diner owner Al Delvecchio on TV's "Happy Days," died Friday of gall stone complications. He was 96.
A native of Kenosha, Wisconsin – just 40 miles from the "Happy Days" setting of Milwaukee – Molinaro was born June 24, 1919. He moved to California in the 1950s but didn't begin working as an actor for years. It was 1969 when he had his first role, a guest spot on TV's "Get Smart."
"My condolences to the family and friends of Al. I enjoyed watching him act and he brought me much laughter through his talent. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. May ..."
– B. Chapman,
Durham, NC, Nov 30, 2015
"To Al Molinaro,
You were a very talented actor. I really enjoyed watching you on the comedy series the Odd Couple and Happy Days. You made me laugh. My prayers go to your family and friends. Lisa Weiner"