Happy Days actor Al Molinaro dies at 96; played cook ‘Big Al Delvecchio’

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Al Molinaro, the actor known for his roles as the diner owner Al Delvecchio in Happy Days, and

Actor Al Molinaro died Friday in Glendale, California, his son Michael Molinaro said. He was 96.

Molinaro, who was best known for his role as Big Al Delvecchio in the sitcom “Happy Days,” suffered from complications of a gall stone ailment and was at Verdugo Hills Hospital when he died.

He is survived by his second wife, Betty Molinaro, his son Michael from his first marriage, and three grandchildren. Al Molinaro was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin.