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'Happy Days' actors sue CBS over merchandising profits

April 19, 2011 |  6:06 pm

'Happy Days' actors sue CBS for lost revenue

The days are not so happy for the "Happy Days" actors who played Potsie, Joanie, Mrs. Cunningham and Ralph Malph -- the gang has sued CBS Corp. for allegedly holding out on millions of dollars in merchandising revenue.

Anson Williams (Potsie Weber), Marion Ross (Marion Cunningham), Don Most (Ralph Malph), Erin Moran (Joanie Cunningham) and Patricia Bosley, wife of the late Tom Bosley (Howard Cunningham), filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court seeking $10 million in lost revenue from products bearing their characters' images. Some of those tchotchkes include lunch boxes, board games and, more recently, casino slot machines.

No need to call the Fonz or Richie in to help settle the argument. Neither Henry Winkler nor Ron Howard is participating in the lawsuit.

"We agree that funds are owed to the actors and have been working with them for quite some time to resolve the issue," the company's consumer products unit said Tuesday in a statement.

So maybe those happy days will be yours, mine, Potsie's, Mrs. C's, Joanie's and Ralph Malph's after all.

Get the full scoop on the lawsuit at our sister blog Company Town.


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Photo: The seventh-season cast "Happy Days" in 1981. Left to right, standing: Ted McGinley as Roger, Lynda Goodfriend as Lori Beth, Scott Baio as Chachi, Henry Winkler as the Fonz, Al Molinaro as Al, Cathy Silvers as Jenny, Anson Williams as Potsie; left to right, seated: Erin Moran as Joanie, Marion Ross as Mrs. Cunningham and Tom Bosley as Howard Cunningham. Credit: ABC