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FONZARELLI, Arthur "Herbert"
(Happy Days)
( Klondike 5-1313
565 North Clinton Drive
(c/o garage apartment)
Milwaukee, WI

Arthur (a.k.a. “The Fonz”) is a single, ultra-cool Italian-American auto mechanic who loves to ride motorcycles. Abandoned by his father, Vito Fonzarelli (a merchant seaman) when he was a child, the Fonz now lives over a garage owned by Howard and Marion Cunningham who have adopted Arthur as one of the family.

Henry Winkler as Arthur 'Fonzie' Fonzarelli - HAPPY DAYS

Fonzie hangs out at a local hamburger joint known as Arnold's Drive-In Restaurant and uses the men's restroom as his office. Because of the Fonzarelli mystique, the Fonz is constantly surrounded by a bevy of beautiful teenage girls. All he had to do is snap his fingers and they came a running.

Three favorites ladies of the Fonz were Boom Boom, a gorgeous blonde; Pinkie Tuscadero, a sexy motorcycle queen [who is “cooler” than the Fonz]; and an even “cooler” mystical hip chick known as Cat Mandu.

The Fonz and Boom Boom - HAPPY DAYS

Pinkie and the Fonz - HAPPY DAYS

Fonz & Boom Boom Pinkie and the Fonz

Besides these lovely ladies, Fonzie’s friends included:

  • Arnold, the owner of Arnold Drive-In (both Matsuo Takahashi & Al Delvecchio)
  • Richie Cunningham, a student from Jefferson High School whom Fonzie mentored in the ways of women
  • Joanie Cunningham, Richie’s precocious little sister [whom the Fonz called “Shortcake”]
  • Howard "Mr. C." Cunningham, Richie's father, who owns Cunningham Hardware Store and belong to the Leopard Lodge
  • Marion "Mrs. C" Cunningham, a homemaker who affectionately call the Fonz "Arthur"
  • Warren "Potsie" Weber, an aspiring singer
  • Ralph Malph, the teller of corny jokes
  • Spike, Arthur's tough little nephew (who likes flowers)
  • Arthur’s enterprising young cousin Charles “Chachi“ Arcola [who later married Joanie]

Fonzie's Trademark 'Thumbs Up' GestureThe Fonz’s catchphrase is “Aaaayh!” [accompanied by a thumbs-up gesture]. The Fonz can also start the coin-fed juke box at Arnold’s Drive-In restaurant by thumping it with his fist in just the right spot, which only he seems to know.

When Fonzie ate lunch at Arnold's Drive-In Restaurant, he enjoyed a garnish of parsley with his sandwich. When the owner of Arnold's asked "Why do you eat that stuff?" the Fonz replied "Why does Popeye eat Spinach?" Although the Fonz liked Parsley, he detested liver and anybody who had anything to do with it. Fonzie also had a hard time admitting he was "wr-wr-wrong."

The Fonz's hero is The Lone Ranger and like his hero Fonzie lived by his own code of honor. They included the sentiments "Live fast, love hard, and don't let anyone else use your comb" and "A man saves your life, any favor he asks you gotta answer it" (The Fonzarelli Code).

The Cunninghams (Joanie, Richie, Howard, Marion) and The Fonz - The Cast of HAPPY DAYS

The Cunninghams & The Fonz

Fonzie first became acquainted with the Cunningham's through their son, Richie. In a flashback sequence, Fonzie, a former member of the toughest street gang in Milwaukee  known as The Falcons, entered a cafeteria where Richie and his friends, Ralph and Potsie sat at a table. One of the Falcons said "Hey, there's three nerds sitting in your booth, Fonz!" The Falcons then pointed to a message carved into the table top that read: "This is Falcon Turf." When Richie raised an objection about moving from the booth, he was challenged to rumble with Fonzie in the alley on Saturday night and told to BYOB (Bring Your Own Band-Aid). Richie met the Fonz but after talking, they became friends. The Fonz soon realized that he didn't need to wear a gang jacket to be cool.

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