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Old 03-16-2013, 12:23 AM   #1
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I can't find any information on this Background Character Actor: In the Introduction of the very first episode of Happy Days, and into many episodes after that, it shows a picture of Richie combing his hair in the bathroom, next to Richie is Potsie combing his hair, and next to Potsie is another boy combing his hair. He was always just a background character, never spoke ( that I can remember anyway), and he was always mixed in with all of the other background character actors. I especially remember seeing him in the background a lot in Arnold's Restaurant. He would be dancing, or pretending to be talking to other kids, while Richie, Potsie, Ralph, and Fonzie were always huddled around talking about life. What I'd like to find out is his real name, and what he has been doing for the last 30 plus years. I'm attaching an image, but I'm not sure if it will work or not. I hope you guys know who I'm talking about.
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I can't find any information on this Background Character Actor: In the Introduction of the very first episode of Happy Days, and into many episodes after that, it shows a picture of Richie combing his hair in the bathroom, next to Richie is Potsie combing his hair, and next to Potsie is another boy combing his hair. He was always just a background character, never spoke ( that I can remember anyway), and he was always mixed in with all of the other background character actors. I especially remember seeing him in the background a lot in Arnold's Restaurant. He would be dancing, or pretending to be talking to other kids, while Richie, Potsie, Ralph, and Fonzie were always huddled around talking about life. What I'd like to find out is his real name, and what he has been doing for the last 30 plus years. I'm attaching an image, but I'm not sure if it will work or not. I hope you guys know who I'm talking about.
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I recognize the boy that you wrote about but do not know the actor's name or anything about him. However, I am responding to this thread because I know the feeling of loneliness that goes with posting a comment and not getting any replies. Good luck on finding the information elsewhere!
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I recognize the boy that you wrote about but do not know the actor's name or anything about him. However, I am responding to this thread because I know the feeling of loneliness that goes with posting a comment and not getting any replies. Good luck on finding the information elsewhere!

LOL, thanks! I have to admit that when I saw that someone had responded, I had a quick rush come over me, thinking that maybe somebody knew the answer. But that's okay. I appreciate you responding so that I wouldn't feel lonely. If you DO ever see any info on this guy though, I hope you'll remember this board and come back and share. In the meantime, thanks, and I hope you have a great week!
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LOL, thanks! I have to admit that when I saw that someone had responded, I had a quick rush come over me, thinking that maybe somebody knew the answer. But that's okay. I appreciate you responding so that I wouldn't feel lonely. If you DO ever see any info on this guy though, I hope you'll remember this board and come back and share. In the meantime, thanks, and I hope you have a great week!
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Unless he is in the credits at the end of the episode, we may never know. UNLESS someone who worked on the set, or a former cast member should chime in. This is a hard answer to find.
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It seemed like in the first two seasons they had a lot of background/extra characters. I liked the waitresses, but they got discontinued too.
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Unless he is in the credits at the end of the episode, we may never know. UNLESS someone who worked on the set, or a former cast member should chime in. This is a hard answer to find.

Thanks for your reply. I wonder if one of the cast members or producers would remember??? But I wouldn't even know how to go about writing to an actual member of the cast. I'm watching Happy Days right now on the Hallmark Channel, and 'my guy' was in the background ( really close up too, right behind Richie and his date at a dance), in one of the episodes this morning. I've been recording the shows, so I'll check credits, but I think it's highly unlikely that he would show up in the credits.
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It seemed like in the first two seasons they had a lot of background/extra characters. I liked the waitresses, but they got discontinued too.

Hi Matt and thanks for your reply. Hey, I noticed a picture of Al Bundy as your profile picture! Pretty cool! I LOVED that episode of Married With Children were Al daydreams of having a motorcycle, and the song "Born To Be Wild" is playing! Married With Children was, and still is, one of my favorites all time shows!
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Hi Matt and thanks for your reply. Hey, I noticed a picture of Al Bundy as your profile picture! Pretty cool! I LOVED that episode of Married With Children were Al daydreams of having a motorcycle, and the song "Born To Be Wild" is playing! Married With Children was, and still is, one of my favorites all time shows!
Yeah, it's a great episode, one of my favorites of MWC. It was actually Born to be Bad, but close!
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Yeah, it's a great episode, one of my favorites of MWC. It was actually Born to be Bad, but close!

Oh, that's right, Born To Be Bad. "Born To Be Wild" was sung in a much earlier episode of MWC, when Steve and Al bought that Mustang from Kelley's date, and was fixing it up, only to find out at the end of the show that it was stolen!
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Thanks for your reply. I wonder if one of the cast members or producers would remember??? But I wouldn't even know how to go about writing to an actual member of the cast. I'm watching Happy Days right now on the Hallmark Channel, and 'my guy' was in the background ( really close up too, right behind Richie and his date at a dance), in one of the episodes this morning. I've been recording the shows, so I'll check credits, but I think it's highly unlikely that he would show up in the credits.
Which episode? Name it, & I'll check the credits. To contact cast members:
Erin Moran "Joannie" I'll bet would love to here from fans:
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Erin Moran "Joannie" I'll bet would love to here from fans:
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Today's episode was titled, "Wish Upon A Star". It was the one with Richie winning a date with a Hollywood starlet to the school's victory dance. Her name in the show was, Cindy Shay. At the dance, 'my guy' is standing RIGHT BEHIND Richie and Cindy. Well, in the picture it's showing him kind of between them, but clearly behind them, if you know what I mean, but you can see him really close up as Cindy Shay is saying to Richie, " Richie, I'm sorry I'm late, forgive me but I wanted to save the best date for last".

And thanks for the site of Erin Moran. I may write to her but not sure if I'll get a response. As we all know, she's been having a lot of personal difficulties this past year or so. And I kind of remember reading and hearing that she prefers to forget about life on Happy Days. So she may not want to help. BUT, at least it would be worth a shot. Thanks!
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And thanks for the site of Erin Moran. I may write to her but not sure if I'll get a response. As we all know, she's been having a lot of personal difficulties this past year or so. And I kind of remember reading and hearing that she prefers to forget about life on Happy Days. So she may not want to help. BUT, at least it would be worth a shot. Thanks!
It seems like Twitter has become a way to communicate with celebrities in ways we've never been able to before. I know a few people who follow certain celebrities and often get responses from the celebs. Maybe that's something to try, and maybe you can find someone who was associated with the show behind the scenes-- they'll probably be more likely to know the answer to your question, plus you'll probably be more likely to get the actual person and not a poser.

I also have a friend who actually wrote a letter (old school handwritten letter) to one of the writers on one of our favorite shows from the 80's and she asked several questions we've wondered about for years... and the person actually wrote back and answered all her questions, and also said he was really flattered that she would write to him about the show. He expressed how much he enjoyed working on the show and how happy he was that people still watch and wonder about things associated with the show. So maybe that's something to try too. Choose a writer who wrote a couple of those early episodes that 'your guy' was in. I think she just googled his name and was able to track down a business address. Maybe you could even get a website or an email, too.
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It seems like Twitter has become a way to communicate with celebrities in ways we've never been able to before. I know a few people who follow certain celebrities and often get responses from the celebs. Maybe that's something to try, and maybe you can find someone who was associated with the show behind the scenes-- they'll probably be more likely to know the answer to your question, plus you'll probably be more likely to get the actual person and not a poser.

I also have a friend who actually wrote a letter (old school handwritten letter) to one of the writers on one of our favorite shows from the 80's and she asked several questions we've wondered about for years... and the person actually wrote back and answered all her questions, and also said he was really flattered that she would write to him about the show. He expressed how much he enjoyed working on the show and how happy he was that people still watch and wonder about things associated with the show. So maybe that's something to try too. Choose a writer who wrote a couple of those early episodes that 'your guy' was in. I think she just googled his name and was able to track down a business address. Maybe you could even get a website or an email, too.

WOW, you have really given me a lot of great ideas! I really appreciate you taking the time to help! I'm going to check into doing what you said, and if I get any info, I'll be sure to post it here! I did email Erin Moran, but so far haven't heard anything back. Thanks again for all of your help!!


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Thanks for your reply. I wonder if one of the cast members or producers would remember??? But I wouldn't even know how to go about writing to an actual member of the cast. I'm watching Happy Days right now on the Hallmark Channel, and 'my guy' was in the background ( really close up too, right behind Richie and his date at a dance), in one of the episodes this morning. I've been recording the shows, so I'll check credits, but I think it's highly unlikely that he would show up in the credits.
Thank for providing the episode. Without out, I did not recognize him with longer hair then the intro credits.

This is him correct?


I think his name might be Michael Dennis Wagner, although he is credited on IMDB.com as Michael Dan Wagner
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The 1974 casting director Pat Harris or casting supervisor Mildred Gusse for the episode might know?
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Thank for providing the episode. Without out, I did not recognize him with longer hair then the intro credits.

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I think his name might be Michael Dennis Wagner, although he is credited on IMDB.com as Michael Dan Wagner
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The 1974 casting director Pat Harris or casting supervisor Mildred Gusse for the episode might know?
WOW, I'm just so shocked that you went to all of this trouble to help me!! I thank you SO MUCH!!! I really appreciate this! Yes, the guy in the pictures, that's the guy who I'm talking about. Unfortunately, I'm still confused because when I look up Michael Dennis Wagner ( or Michael Dan Wagner), nothing gives a biography with a picture. It does credit him on some shows as Michael DAN Wagner, and one of those shows is Little House On The Prairie from 1977. In THAT show, he is a Chairman. But THAT guy is much--MUCH--older ( like 60 years old). So that couldn't be 'my guy' since that episode of Little House was just 3 years after the Happy Days Episode.

So unfortunately, I'm more confused than ever. BUT--I'm going to look up the casting director, and supervisor Pat Harris and Mildred Gusse, and see if there's a way to write to them to find out ( IF either one of them is still alive. I've got to remember these shows were 30 + years ago).

Thanks again for everything. That is just so nice of you to do a search and give me all of this info!
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