Al Molinaro, Famous For Playing “Al,” Has Died

Al Molinaro

Al Molinari, right, on the set of RECOiL with writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, left. Molinaro, who refused most movie roles that contained explicit language, or worse, played the role of a mob consigliere. Molinaro really took the foul language in the script and commenced to improv phrases so dirty he had to be cut from the film to avoid a NC-17 rating.

Glendale, CA—Al Molinaro, who portrayed everybody’s favorite diner owner Al Delvecchio on everybody’s favorite sitcom set in the 1950s that aired in the 1970s, “Happy Days,” died Friday. But good Lord, the man was 96.

Before he got into acting in the 1950s, he made a killing in the Southern California real estate game as a speculator. Our hero.

Al appeared on the big screen in the films, “Freaky Friday,” “RECOiL” and “Gridlock.”

Besides being in “Happy Days,” he also appeared in classic TV shows like “The Odd Couple,” “Get Smart,” “Joanie Loves Chachi” and “Punky Brewster.”

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

She Found Her Happy Place; Frances Bay Dies

Frances Bay

It was Frances Bay who actually invented the "marble rye" bit when she snatched a marble rye from creator/director Brian DiMaio on the set of RECOiL, and refused to give it back..

Los Angeles—Frances Bay, Happy Gilmore’s grandmother in “Happy Gilmore,” died Thursday. She was 92.

Born in Mannville, Alberta and raised in Manitoba, Bay, born Frances Goffman, put her burgeoning acting career on hold when she got married. She moved with her husband, Charles, to South Africa until the 1970s, when Charles’ job moved them to California. It was then that she again turned to acting, in her mid-fifties.

Besides appearing most recently on ABC’s “The Middle” as Aunt Ginny, Bay also appeared as Fonzie’s grandmother on “Happy Days,” guest-starred in “The Dukes of Hazzard” and famously refused to give up her marble rye on “Seinfeld.”
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Edward Furlong Files Lawsuit Against Network Over Revenue From Merchandise

The one-alloy-endoskeleton-armed bandit.

"I need your coins, your cash, and your chips."

Los Angeles—Edward Furlong is the latest, um, actor(?) to file a lawsuit against a television network over money he says he’s owed from merchandise and slot machines featuring his likeness.

Furlong, 33, who “acted” in “Terminator 2” and some other “films,” has filed a lawsuit against CBS saying he was never paid royalties on sales of merchandise with his picture on it. He joins actual actors Don Most, Erin Moran, Katherine Ross and Anson Williams, as well as the estate of Tom Bosley, who recently filed a lawsuit against CBS over a successful launch of “Happy Days”-themed slot machines, saying CBS didn’t honor the contracts of those talented individuals.

“The fact that CBS is facing a civil suit over this same matter with other actors proves that the company consistently conducts itself in a manner that does not honor contracts it has with beloved, well-known actors,” Furlong’s “attorney,” Donovan Hobbes said. “We’ve tried for several days now to bring this matter to an amicable solution with CBS and their lawyers, but they refuse even to return our phone calls or respond to our telegrams. I’d hate to think that this is business as usual over there, but I’m forced to think that this is they way they do business.” Continue reading