Al Molinaro, Diner Owner on ‘Happy Days,’ Dies at 96

October 31, 2015 6:53 AM

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Al Molinaro, Diner Owner on ‘Happy Days,’ Dies at 96

Al Molinaro, the basset-hound-faced character actor who was known for playing Al Delvecchio, the harried diner owner on the long-running sitcom “Happy Days” — and who recommended a little-known comic named Robin Williams to portray an alien named Mork on a 1978 episode of the show — died on Friday in Glendale, Calif. He was 96.

A big, bluff man with soulful eyes and a vast, wayward nose that seemed to meander in several directions at once, Mr. Molinaro appeared born to play comedy. He was a regular cast member in Seasons 4 through 9 of “Happy Days,” which was broadcast on ABC from 1974 to 1984; left the show to reprise his...

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