Al Molinaro

Highest Rated: 70% Freaky Friday (1976)
Lowest Rated: 70% Freaky Friday (1976)
Birthday: Not Available
Birthplace: Not Available
Heavyset, hawk-nosed Italian-American character actor Al Molinaro maintained a constant association with two series roles throughout his career, both down-to-earth and sweet-natured, paternal types: that of Murray Greshner, better known as Murray the Cop, on the small-screen version of The Odd Couple (1970-1983), and that of Alfred Delvecchio, the second proprietor of Arnold's Drive-In, on Happy Days (a role maintained from 1976 through 1982). The Wisconsin-based location of Days hit close to home for Molinaro, as a real-life native of Kenosha, WI. Born in 1919, he began signing for acting roles in the early to mid-'50s and achieved his big break when very briefly cast as Agent 44 on Mel Brooks' spy spoof Get Smart (before Victor French replaced him). Molinaro reportedly met Odd Couple producer Garry Marshall while enrolled in acting classes with Marshall's sister, Penny, and thereby landed the part of Murray. That led, in turn, to the Happy Days casting in the fall of 1976 when series co-star Pat Morita left to headline his own short-lived series, Mr. T & Tina. Following Days, Molinaro signed for very infrequent guest roles on series and permanently settled in Los Angeles, where he did occasional theatrical performances and made public appearances. He retired from acting in the mid-'90s. Molinaro died in 2015, at age 96.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Great American Traffic Jam Actor 1980
70% Freaky Friday Drapery Man 1976

TV

CREDIT
0% Family Man
1990-1991
Joe Alberghetti
  • 1991
  • 1990
No Score Yet Happy Days
1974-1984
Al/Father Delvecchio Alfred Delvecchio Al Delvecchio
  • 1984
  • 1982
  • 1981
  • 1980
  • 1978
  • 1977
  • 1976
No Score Yet Laverne & Shirley
1976-1983
Father Flannagin
  • 1976
No Score Yet The Odd Couple
1970-1975
Murrray Murry Murray Greshner Murray Murray Greshler
  • 1975
  • 1974
  • 1973
  • 1972
  • 1971
  • 1970
No Score Yet Bewitched
1964-1972
Guide
  • 1971
No Score Yet Green Acres
1965-1971
Bellboy Joe Al
  • 1970
  • 1969
No Score Yet Get Smart
1965-1970
Agent 44
  • 1969

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