You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Happy Days’ Star Al Molinaro Dies at 96

Al Molinaro, who played the beloved chef on “Happy Days,” died on Thursday. He was 96.

Molinaro portrayed Big Al Delvecchio, the owner of Arnold’s drive-in, in the classic TV series. He also appeared in the “Happy Days” spinoff “Joani Loves Chachi.”

His son, Michael, confirmed the actor’s death to TMZ and said that Molinaro suffered from bad gall stones.

Younger audiences may recognize Molinaro as Al from Weezer’s “Buddy Holly” music video, which was set in the “Happy Days” drive-in and featured edited footage of Fonzie (Henry Winkler) dancing with girls.

Born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Molinaro also appeared in “The Odd Couple,” “Punky Brewster” and “Step by Step.”

He is survived by his wife, Betty and his son Michael.

More TV

  • 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' starring Jonah

    'Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return' Renewed for Season 2 At Netflix

    Al Molinaro, who played the beloved chef on “Happy Days,” died on Thursday. He was 96. Molinaro portrayed Big Al Delvecchio, the owner of Arnold’s drive-in, in the classic TV series. He also appeared in the “Happy Days” spinoff “Joani Loves Chachi.” His son, Michael, confirmed the actor’s death to TMZ and said that Molinaro […]

  • Canal Plus

    Canal Plus Orders Thomas Lilti's 'Hippocrate' Medical Series

    Al Molinaro, who played the beloved chef on “Happy Days,” died on Thursday. He was 96. Molinaro portrayed Big Al Delvecchio, the owner of Arnold’s drive-in, in the classic TV series. He also appeared in the “Happy Days” spinoff “Joani Loves Chachi.” His son, Michael, confirmed the actor’s death to TMZ and said that Molinaro […]

  • Teen Titans Go

    'Teen Titans Go': Animation for All Ages Celebrates Major Milestone Ahead of Feature Film

    Al Molinaro, who played the beloved chef on “Happy Days,” died on Thursday. He was 96. Molinaro portrayed Big Al Delvecchio, the owner of Arnold’s drive-in, in the classic TV series. He also appeared in the “Happy Days” spinoff “Joani Loves Chachi.” His son, Michael, confirmed the actor’s death to TMZ and said that Molinaro […]

  • Duffer Brothers Variety Facetime Interview

    Duffer Brothers on 'Stranger Things' 2 and What Scares Them

    Al Molinaro, who played the beloved chef on “Happy Days,” died on Thursday. He was 96. Molinaro portrayed Big Al Delvecchio, the owner of Arnold’s drive-in, in the classic TV series. He also appeared in the “Happy Days” spinoff “Joani Loves Chachi.” His son, Michael, confirmed the actor’s death to TMZ and said that Molinaro […]

  • Occupied 2

    MTG Studios Boards Norwegian Drama Series 'Wisting'

    Al Molinaro, who played the beloved chef on “Happy Days,” died on Thursday. He was 96. Molinaro portrayed Big Al Delvecchio, the owner of Arnold’s drive-in, in the classic TV series. He also appeared in the “Happy Days” spinoff “Joani Loves Chachi.” His son, Michael, confirmed the actor’s death to TMZ and said that Molinaro […]

  • endemol shine logo

    Endemol Shine Surprises With Plan to Shrink Southeast Asia Operation

    Al Molinaro, who played the beloved chef on “Happy Days,” died on Thursday. He was 96. Molinaro portrayed Big Al Delvecchio, the owner of Arnold’s drive-in, in the classic TV series. He also appeared in the “Happy Days” spinoff “Joani Loves Chachi.” His son, Michael, confirmed the actor’s death to TMZ and said that Molinaro […]

  • Stranger Things Season 2

    Netflix, Deutsche Telekom Ink Global Partnership

    Al Molinaro, who played the beloved chef on “Happy Days,” died on Thursday. He was 96. Molinaro portrayed Big Al Delvecchio, the owner of Arnold’s drive-in, in the classic TV series. He also appeared in the “Happy Days” spinoff “Joani Loves Chachi.” His son, Michael, confirmed the actor’s death to TMZ and said that Molinaro […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content