Happy Days: Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli

Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli

Arthur 'Fonzie' Fonzarelli

Arthur Herbert Fonzarelli is perhaps the most famous greaser of all time. A one-time juvenile delinquent and high school dropout, the Fonz once rode with a motorcycle gang called the Falcons. By the time "Happy Days" began, though, the Fonz had reformed from his life of crime and spent his evenings at Arnold's Drive-In, dispensing much needed wisdom to Richie and his pals. He was such a constant fixture at Arnold's that the men's room became his "office."

Abandoned by his parents as a child and raised by his grandmother, the Fonz grew up to be a loner. He projected the image of a cool and tough rebel, but beneath his leather jacket beat the heart of an old softy. Though he acted like he didn't need anyone, he secretly loved it when the Cunninghams invited him to live in the apartment above their garage.

The Fonz had an absolutely magical power when it came to the opposite sex. Whenever he snapped his fingers, girls instantly rushed to his side. Despite the tremendous flock of chicks around him, he only became serious about two women--Pinky Tuscadero, a demolition derby driver, and Ashley Pfister, a widow with a young daughter named Heather. Fonzie came very close to marrying each of them, but remained a bachelor in the end.

Throughout the series, the Fonz worked a variety of jobs. He started at Otto's Auto Orphanage, which later became Herb's Auto Repairs, and finally Bronco's Auto Repairs. When Richie and the rest of the gang graduated from high school, the Fonz revealed that he had been secretly attending night school and had earned his diploma. Following this academic achievement, he became a shop teacher at Jefferson High and finally Dean of Boys at George S. Patton Vocational High School.

In 1984, the show's final season, the Fonz left his early image as a rebel completely behind and adopted a young orphan boy, Danny. The one-time juvenile delinquent had grown up and become a middle-class family man.

The above profile is from the Nick-at-Nite site. I will be adding additional information that I have available soon. Please e-mail with any corrections or additions.

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