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Monday
Jun112012

"Happy Days" Star: Something’s ‘Not Right’ About Show Merchandising Payout

Anson Williams, Erin Moran and Donny Most of "Happy Days." (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/PictureGroup)(NEW YORK) -- Back in the 1970s, the hit sitcom Happy Days looked back at the 1950s. The show depicted a kinder, gentler era, but the days since haven’t all been happy for many of the show’s stars.

Those stars – Erin Moran, Donny Most, Marion Ross, Anson Williams  – and Tom Bosley’s widow, Patricia, sued CBS last year alleging they are owed royalties from the use of their images in merchandise that includes shirts, scrapbooks, cards, games, lunch boxes, dolls, DVDs, magnets and slot machines.

The actors brought the suit after they found out about Happy Days-themed slot machines in Las Vegas. The plaintiffs are seeking $10 million from CBS for alleged breach of contract, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Ron Howard, now a successful film director, and Henry Winkler, who played Fonzie, are not part of the lawsuit.

“I never received anything for all of that merchandise,” Most, 58, better known to the show’s fans as the character Ralph Malph, told ABC’s Good Morning America correspondent David Wright in a recent interview.

“They had separate deals from the five of us,” Most told GMA. “Henry’s been being paid for merchandise all this time. Isn’t that funny Henry was paid but we weren’t?  So there’s something not right about that.”

The show’s owner, CBS, tried to have the lawsuit dismissed, but a Los Angeles judge ruled Tuesday that a lawsuit brought by Moran and other Happy Days regulars can go to trial.  A start date of July 17 was set.

Ross, who played Mrs. C, recently starred as the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants’ grandmother. Williams, who played Potsie Webber, went on to direct episodes of popular TV shows including Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Xena: Warrior Princess and Charmed.

But things apparently have not gone as well for Moran, who played Joanie. She reportedly has had trouble finding acting work, and after losing their home, she and her husband reportedly have moved into a trailer park.

“Erin and her husband did in fact move in with her ailing mother-in-law over a year ago,” Moran’s publicist told ABC News last week. “They are helping take care of her, as any loving family would do.”

Bosley, who played Mr. C, died last year. Most still acts, and has played guidance counselor Emma Pillsbury’s father on Glee.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Jun082012

"Happy Days" Star Erin Moran Living in Her Mother-in-Law's Trailer 

Gregg DeGuire/PictureGroup(LOS ANGELES) -- Happy Days star Erin Moran may be living in her mother-in-law’s trailer, but she has a good reason.

“Erin and her husband did in fact move in with her ailing mother-in-law over a year ago,” Moran’s publicist told ABC News. “They are helping take care of her, as any loving family would do.”

Moran’s rep would not comment on reports that the actress had been evicted from her California home, but TMZ obtained documents showing that Moran’s home had been foreclosed on in 2010 and she was served eviction papers later that year after refusing to leave.

But a big paycheck could be coming her way. On Tuesday, a Los Angeles judge ruled that a lawsuit brought by Moran and other Happy Days regulars against the show’s owner, CBS, can go to trial. Moran, Marion Ross, Anson Williams, Donny Most and Tom Bosley’s widow Patricia sued CBS last year claiming they are owed royalties from the use of their images in merchandise that includes shirts, scrapbooks, cards, games, lunch boxes, dolls, DVDs, magnets and slot machines.  A trial is scheduled to begin July 17.

Moran’s rep also noted that the actress, 51, has an upcoming appearance on the reality series on Celebrity Ghost Stories and is “in talks with other TV and film projects.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Jun062012

Judge Rules "Happy Days" Merchandise Lawsuit Can Proceed

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Several members of the cast of the TV series Happy Days had a happy day in court Tuesday when a judge ruled their lawsuit seeking merchandising revenue from the sitcom can go to trial, Variety reports.

Happy Days regulars Marion Ross, Anson Williams, Erin Moran, Donny Most and Tom Bosley’s widow Patricia filed a lawsuit against the show’s owner, CBS, last year.  The actors claim they are owed royalties from the use of their images in merchandise that includes shirts, scrapbooks, cards, games, lunch boxes, dolls, DVDs, magnets and even slot machines.  The stars’ images appear on many of the items.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Allen White on Tuesday refused to grant CBS a summary judgment motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

A trial is scheduled to begin July 17.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Oct112011

Fonz’s Motorcycle from 'Happy Days' Up for Auction

Fotos International/Hulton Archive/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Fans of the popular show Happy Days can now own an iconic piece of the series memorabilia. The 1949 Triumph Trophy TR5 motorcycle used by Henry Winkler’s character “The Fonz” is being auctioned off in Los Angeles on Nov. 12.

The famous bike has been sitting in a motorcycle shop since the show's 1984 finale, having been purchased by someone unaware of the cycle’s celebratory history.

Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli was a breakout character on Happy Days, which ran from 1974-1984 and spawned four spinoffs. Fonzie, played by actor Henry Winkler was easily identified by his ever present motorcycle, greased back hair, and leather jacket, which now sits in the Smithsonian Institution. Presented as the epitome of cool, Fonzie had numerous traits that made him the envy of his peers, such as the ability to start the jukebox by hitting it with his fist and attract women just by snapping.

His motorcycle is expected to sell for more than $90,000.

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Wednesday
Apr202011

'Happy Days' Cast Sues for Royalties

Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- The cast of Happy Days wants its payday.  CNN reports four stars of the popular sitcom, in addition to the estate of late star Tom Bosley, filed a lawsuit Tuesday against CBS in Los Angeles, claiming they haven't received money from merchandising deals included in their contracts.

Anson Williams, Don Most, Marion Ross and Erin Moran all claim they're owed from profits generated by Happy Days comic books, shirts, scrapbooks, cards, games, lunch boxes, dolls, DVDs, magnets and even slot machines. The stars' images appear on many of the items.

Williams, best known as Potsie, said Happy Days "represented to the public what the best of America has to offer.  The friendships, the opportunities, the warmth.  Unfortunately, now Happy Days also represents the worst of America -- of what major companies are trying to get from it, trying to use it for, and forgetting the family it created."

A lawyer representing the actors said, "They (the studio) made a promise to pay, they broke their promise -- that's breach of contract.  Number two, they made a promise to pay, they purposefully didn't pay, they broke their promise -- the fraud."

In a statement to CNN, CBS said, "We agree that funds are owed to the actors and have been working with them for quite some time to resolve the issue."  However, the network says each star is owed between $8,500 and $9,000.  The cast claims they should receive millions.

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Tuesday
Oct192010

'Happy Days' Dad Tom Bosley Passes Away

Photo Courtesy - Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Tom Bosley, most famous for his role as Howard Cunningham on Happy Days, has died at his home in Palm Springs.  He was 83. 

“He was a true artist...a great husband and a fabulous father and grandfather,” Henry Winkler, Bosley’s Happy Days co-star, told TMZ.com. “He will be sorely missed but never forgotten."

Though he's best known for his role on Happy Days,  Bosley was also a regular on Murder, She Wrote and played the title role in the series Father Dowling Mysteries.  He continued to make appearances in movies and on TV -- his most recent movie role was earlier this year in the Jennifer Lopez movie The Back-Up Plan.  He was also a commercial pitchman, most notably appearing in ads for Glad Trash Bags.

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