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Al Molinaro of 'Happy Days' and 'Odd Couple' fame is dead at 96

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Karen Butler
1974 image of Al Molinaro in The Odd Couple.
1974 image of Al Molinaro in "The Odd Couple."

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Beloved character actor Al Molinaro died in a California hospital Friday, his family said. He was 96.

Molinaro's son Michael told TMZ the Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi and The Odd Couple veteran suffered from gall stones, but elected not to have surgery to treat the condition due to his age.

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The Wisconsin native, who had guest spots on Green Acres, Get Smart, Bewitched and That Girl, was also featured in Weezer's popular "Buddy Holly" music video in 1994 and served as a pitchman in dozens of On-Cor commercials between 1987 and 2003.

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