Sunday, May 22, 2011

Ralph Malph from the TV Show Happy Days played by Don Most

Don Most was born in August of 1953 in Brooklyn, New York.  He is most famous for playing the role of Ralph Malph on the TV sitcom Happy Days

Donny Most played the role of Ralph Malph in the TV comedy Happy Days

Donny got his acting start in 1973 as a guest on the TV show Emergency! starring Kevin Tighe, Randolph Mantooth, Julie London, Robert Fuller, and Bobby Troup.   

Donny Most (Ralph Malph) of the TV show Happy Days

It was A year later in 1974 that Anson began playing the role of Ralph Malph on the TV comedy Happy Days.  He co-starred with Ron Howard (Richie Cunningham), Anson Williams (Potsie Weber), Henry Winkler (Arthur Fonzarelli aka 'Fonzie'), Erin Moran (Joanie Cunningham),  Marion Ross (Marion Cunningham), Tom Bosley (Howard Cunningham), Al Molinaro (Al Delvecchio), and Scott Baio (Chachi Arcola). 
The show originally focused on the antics of Potsie and Ritchie, however over the years 'Fonzie' became more popular and the focus of the show.  Most and Howard eventually left the show and would be replaced by Ted McGinley and Cathy Silvers  as different characters.   Most played the role of Ralph Malph for nine years up until 1980 when he left the series.  He would return for a double episode reunion episode in 1983 a year before the show ended.

Anson Williams (Potsie Weber), Ron Howard (Richie Cunningham), Henry Winkler (Arthur 'The Fonze' Fonzarelli), and Donny Most (Ralph Malph) of the TV show Happy Days

During his run on Happy Days, Most appeared in the show Police Story starring Scott Brady, Joe Santos, Dane Clark, Shelly Novack, and Tony Lo Bianco. He would also star in shows and movies such as Huckleberry Finn (1975) co-starring Ron Howard, Royal Dano, Jack Elam, and Merle Haggard; Crazy Mama co-starring Cloris Leachman, Stuart Whitman, Jim Backus, Linda Purl, Ann Sothern, and Sally Kirkland (1975); Petrocelli starring Barry Newman, Susan Howard and Albert Salmi; and With This Ring  co-starring Tony Bill, Joyce DeWitt, Tom Bosley, Diana Canova, Barbara Cason, Scott Hylands, Betty White, Dick Van Patten, and John Forsythe (1978).

Henry Winkler (Arthur 'The Fonze' Fonzarelli), Donny Most (Ralph Malph), Ron Howard (Richie Cunningham), and Anson Williams (Potsie Weber) of the TV show Happy Days

Donny would go on to appear in Greatest Heroes of the Bible co-starring Victor Jory, Brad Crandall and Peter Mark Richman; a starring role in the film Leo and Loree co-starring Linda Purl, Jerry Paris, Allan Rich, David Huffman, Shannon Farnon, and Susan Lawrence (1980); the animation The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang co-starring Henry Winkler, Ron Howard,  Didi Conn, Frank Welker, and Kenneth Mars; Aloha Paradise starring Debbie Reynolds, Bill Daily, Pat Klous, Mokihana, and Stephen Shortridge (1981);
Fantasy Island starring Ricardo Montalban, and Hervé Villechaize (1981-82); and CHiPs starring Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox, Robert Pine, Brodie Greer, Randi Oakes, and Brianne Leary; and he would play a recurring role as Marv Prine in The Love Boat starring Gavin MacLeod (Captain Merrill Stubing), Fred Grandy ("Gopher" Smith), Bernie Kopell (Ship's Doctor Adam Bricker), Lauren Tewes (Cruise Director Julie McCoy), Ted Lange (Isaac Washington), and Jill Whelan (Vicki Stubing)  (5 episodes, 1979 through 1983).

Donny Most Then

After Happy Days, Donny would go by the stage name Donald or Don Most.  He would star his voice as Eric the Cavalier in the animated series Dungeons & Dragons co-starring Willie Aames, Katie Leigh,  Adam Rich, and Frank Welker.  He would play the role until the show ended in 1985.  He would star in the film Stewardess School with Brett Cullen, Mary Cadorette, Judy Landers, Wendie Jo Sperber, and Sherman Hemsley (1986).

In 1986 Donny would land another voice acting role as Stiles in the animated series Teen Wolf co-starring Townsend Coleman, James Hampton, Jeannie Elias, June Foray, and Stacy Keach Sr.  Most would go on to appear in shows such as The Munsters Today starring John Schuck, Lee Meriwether, Howard Morton, Hilary Van Dyke, and Jason Marsden (1989); Hägar the Horrible starring Peter Cullen, Lainie Kazan, Jeff Doucette, and Lydia Cornell (1989); Charles in Charge starring Scott Baio, Willie Aames, Alexander Polinsky, Josie Davis, Ellen Travolta, and Nicole Eggert (1989); and Murder, She Wrote starring Angela Lansbury (2 episodes, 1986-90);

Most began the 1990s starring in the movie Acting on Impulse co-starring C. Thomas Howell, Linda Fiorentino, Tom Wright, Nancy Allen, Judith Hoag, Isaac Hayes, Cassandra Peterson, and Miles O'Keeffe (1993); Baywatch starring David Hasselhoff, Pamela Anderson, John Sanderford, Jeremy Jackson, Alexandra Paul, Janet Eilber, and John Sanderford (1993); Hourglass co-starring C. Thomas Howell, Sofia Shinas, Colette O'Connell, Anthony Clark, Ed Begley Jr., and Timothy Bottoms (1996); Dead Man's Island co-starring Barbara Eden, William Shatner, Roddy McDowall, David Faustino, Traci Lords, Morgan Fairchild,  Christopher Atkins (1996); Pure Danger co-starring C. Thomas Howell, Teri Ann Linn, Elisa Leonetti, Michael Russo, and Marcus Chong (1996); Sliders starring Jerry O'Connell, Sabrina Lloyd, John Rhys-Davies, and Kari Wuhrer (1996); Dark Skies starring Eric Close, J.T. Walsh, Megan Ward, and Gregory Harrison (1997); Diagnosis Murder starring Dick Van Dyke, Barry Van Dyke, Charlie Schlatter, and Victoria Rowell (1998); Edtv co-starring Matthew McConaughey, Jenna Elfman, Woody Harrelson, Ellen DeGeneres, Martin Landau, Rob Reiner, Elizabeth Hurley, Sally Kirkland, and Dennis Hopper (1999); and The Crow: Stairway to Heaven starring Mark Dacascos, Marc Gomes, Katie Stuart, and Sabine Karsenti (2 episodes, 1998-99).

Don Most in The Crow in the late 1990s

Don would start of the new millennium starring in The Thundering 8th with Donald Borza II, Ewing Miles Brown, Larry Wilcox, Bo Hopkins, Ron Masak, June Lockhart, and Jan-Michael Vincent (2000); Yes, Dear starring Anthony Clark, Jean Louisa Kelly, Mike O'Malley, and Liza Snyder (2000); Star Trek: Voyager starring Kate Mulgrew, Robert Beltran, Robert Picardo, Roxann Dawson, and Majel Barrett (2001); Sabrina, the Teenage Witch co-starring Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Nick Bakay, and Beth Broderick (2003); Century City starring Nestor Carbonell, Viola Davis, Kristin Lehman, and Ioan Gruffudd (2004); Planting Melvin co-starring Irene Bedard, Yvette Freeman, Tammy Massa, and Alma Martinez (2005); The Great Buck Howard co-starring Colin Hanks, John Malkovich, Emily Blunt, Tom Hanks, Steve Zahn, Debra Monk, and Griffin Dunne (2008); Finding Madison co-starring Kelly Miyashiro, Roger Fan, Eric Steinberg, Elizabeth Sung, and Rachel Morihiro (2008); Take 2 co-starring Beth Littleford and Anson Williams (2009); and The Yankles co-starring Brian Wimmer and Bart Johnson (2009).

Don Most in 2005
Don Most in The Yankles 2009

More recently, Don Most appeared in the film Bones with Jimmy Bennett, Zakk Wylde, Jesse James, Melissa Ordway, and Jonna Walsh (2010); and an episode of Men of a Certain Age starring Ray Romano, Scott Bakula, Andre Braugher, and Matt Price (2010).

Anson Williams who played Potsie Weber and Don Most who played Ralph Malph in the TV show Happy Days today
Donny Most today


  1. donny most....dooonnnyyyy mooosssttttt......

  2. I always liked Ralph the best. He showed the most acting skill

  3. He changed his name to "Harry" and became a British prince. (Likes to hump scruffy cocktail waitresses...)