Donny Most (Actor) as Ralph - Happy Days
 
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Updated: 06/26/2005

Name: Don 'Donny' Most

Born: August 8, 1953 in Brooklyn, New York

Claim To Fame: The role of Ralph Malph on "Happy Days"

Family Life: Married to Morgan Hart in 1982 and still married. They have two daughters.

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Info: Originally he auditioned for the part of Potsie on "Happy Days," but was immediately ruled out because of his hair color. Ron Howard, a redhead, had already been cast in the lead role and the producers did not want another redhead to play the best friend.

But the producers liked Donny too much to simply ignore him. In the original script, the character Ralph Malph was a football jock. Garry Marshall decided to cast Donny as Ralph and, playing off his comic ability, he changed the dumb jock into the class comedian.

Donny, decided to leave "Happy Days" when his contract came to an end in 1980. He began to audition for more challenging roles. His first would come in the comedy-drama "Leo & Loree" just months after leaving "Happy Days." For the next two years, he acted where he could, and found himself on the theater stage.

The early 1990s found Donny Most auditioning for and earning critical roles in movies like "Sliders," "Acting On Impulse," and "Dark Skies."

Trivia: Donny graduated from Brooklyn's Erasmus Hall High School, which also includes former alumni of Barbra Streisand and Eli Wallach.

He also appeared in a famous Reese's Peanut Butter Cup commercial ("Hey, you got chocolate in my peanut butter...")

Where Are They Now: Donny and his wife live in California, where they are raising two children. He continues to work behind the camera, on the stage, and in major motion pictures.

In 1995, he began touring with the musical "Grease," taking on the part of a disc jockey named "Vince Fontaine."

He made his feature directing debut a few years back with the independent film, "The Last Best Sunday," which starred former Happy Days cast member, Marion Ross. "The Last Best Sunday" picked up a feature film award at the Telluride Indiefest.

Donny still gets together with former cast mates on both a professional and personal level. He can often be found on talk shows discussing life as a child actor or working closely with one of his "Happy Days" cohorts.

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