Al Molinaro

A veteran scene-stealer with a knack for playing lovable losers, character actor Al Molinaro was a beloved presence to television audiences in the 1960s and 1970s thanks to regular appearances on "Get Smart" (NBC-CBS ... Read more »
Born: 06/24/1919 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA

Filmography

Actor (14)

TV's All-Time Favorites 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Performer

Step by Step 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Happy Days Reunion 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Family Man 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Joanie Loves Chachi 1981 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Anson and Lorrie 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

A Christmas For Boomer 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ugily Family 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Freaky Friday 1976 (Movie)

Drapery Man (Actor)

Great Day (TV Show)

Actor

Mayday at 40,000 Feet! (TV Show)

Actor

The Odd Couple (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A veteran scene-stealer with a knack for playing lovable losers, character actor Al Molinaro was a beloved presence to television audiences in the 1960s and 1970s thanks to regular appearances on "Get Smart" (NBC-CBS, 1965-70) and "The Odd Couple" (ABC, 1970-75), before playing his signature role, Al Delvecchio, on "Happy Days" (ABC, 1974-84). Molinaro left the show in 1982 to join the spin-off "Joanie Loves Chachi" (ABC, 1982-1983) and briefly starred in his own series, "The Ugily Family" (ABC, 1980), putting the breaks on his thriving television career. But Molinaro's familiarity to viewers made for a natural transition to commercials, where he enjoyed a long stint as an overly helpful grocer in spots for On-Cor frozen foods. Though largely removed from acting by the mid-1990s, Molinaro nonetheless earned a new generation of fans, thanks to an appearance as Al in Weezer's music video for "Buddy Holly," and endless reruns of "The Odd Couple" and "Happy Days." Al Molinaro died at the age of 96 in Glendale, California on October 30, 2015.

Relationships

Betty Farrell

Wife
Married in 1981; remained together until Molinaro's death in October 2015

Jacqueline Martin

Wife
Married 1948; had one son, Michael Molinaro; divorced

Milestones

1990

Co-starred in CBS sitcom "The Family Man" as the father-in-law of widowed dad Jack Taylor (Gregory Harrison).

1982

Co-starred in "Happy Days" spinoff "Joanie Loves Chachi"

1976

Co-starred in "Happy Days" as Al Delvecchio, owner of Arnold's Drive-In

1969

Co-starred in "The Odd Couple" as neighborhood cop Murray Greshler

1968

Appeared in two episodes of spy comedy "Get Smart!" as Agent 44

Bonus Trivia

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Molinaro's physical trademarks were his large nose and permanently hangdog expression.

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In 1995, Molinaro reprised his role as drive-in owner Al Delvecchio in the Spike-Jonze-directed video for Weezer's single "Buddy Holly," which was largely constructed out of repurposed "Happy Days" footage.

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In the late 1960s, Molinaro took an improv class with fellow student Penny Marshall, who introduced him to her brother Garry, who cast him in "The Odd Couple" and "Happy Days."

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