Actors often instinctively know with whom they don’t want to work, and that was the case with Happier Days. Henry Winkler, who played Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli, wanted one actor to get a certain part when the stars auditioned, so that someone else wouldn’t get it.
The actor was telling a funny story and explaining why he wasn’t in the role.
In ‘Happy Days,’ Gavan O’Herlihy originally played Chuck.
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The first “Happy Days” season featured the Cunningham family with three instead of two kids.
Chuck, who was originally played by Gaven O’Herligy, was the oldest sibling.
It didn’t take long for O’Herligy to quit the series. He was succeeded by Randolph Roberts after that.
Fans got to see how Chuck was in college as a basketball player. In the end, he left the series to “go to college” but then never returned.
It turned out that fans saw Fonzie as a character with an older brother. So the writers wanted to completely get rid of Chuck.
O’Herligy had a funny tale about his audition, however.
Henry Winkler told O’Herlihy that he should get the part so that it would not be received by any “a**hole”
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O’Herlihy’s tenure was brief on the sitcom. Why he didn’t stick with the job, he explained to OnMilwaukee.
I stayed for the first half of the season, then I opted out of the contract. It wasn’t my thing. It raised some eyebrows, but,”I stayed for the first half season, then I opted out of the contract. It wasn’t my thing. It raised some eyebrows, but I’m glad I did it,”I’m glad I did it.
Then the actor told a tale about Winkler and auditioning for Chuck.
“I was there auditioning and sitting in a room with maybe eight others,”I was there, auditioning and sitting in a room with maybe eight others. “One of the eight started telling me that he had only been acting for a month and here he was, all the way from Texas. Hallelujah. That got a few of us pretty riled up.”
Then he said, “I caught the eye of one of the others who had been summoned to the audition.”
Then, when another actor had finished his audition, I went into the hallway to get away from the Texan, and as he passed me in the hallway, he grabbed me by the shirt and said,’ Get this goddamn job.
I had to chuckle. It was Winkler.” Don’t let this a**hole get it.”
So Winkler got what he was looking for.
But, sadly, because he decided to move on to other things, O’Herlihy did not hang around for long.
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The role of Fonzie was successfully landed by Winkler.
Yet he did have some rivalry.
The role was auditioned for by Micky Dolenz, who was a member of the Monkees.
But since he was 6 foot tall, which is much taller than the other actors, he did not fit well into the cast. On the other hand, Winkler was 5’7 “.
The rest is history. From then on, he wore the leather jacket and had his famous hairstyle. He even stopped the other actor from working….