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Al Molinaro Wiki Biography

Albert Francis Molinaro was born as Umberto Francesco Molinaro on the 24th June 1919, in Kenosha, Wisconsin USA and was and actor, who as just Al Molinaro was most famous for his roles in the popular TV sitcoms “Happy Days” and “The Odd Couple”. Al Molinaro died in 2013.

Have you ever wondered how much wealth this talented acting veteran accumulated during his life? How rich Al Molinaro was? According to sources, Al Molinaro’s net worth was estimated at $10 million, acquired largely throughout his acting career which lasted for almost 40 years, between 1954 and 1993.

Al Molinaro Net Worth $10 million

Al Molinaro was born into a prominent family of Italian immigrants, the 9th child of Teresa and Raffaele Molinaro. As a teenager during high school, Al Molinaro discovered his interest in music as well as public speaking – he played clarinet and even joined a local group on their tour. After high school, Al got his first job at the Vincent-McCall furniture spring factory, and after only four months the 19 years old Al became a union leader, but just a year later he started serving as Kenosha City Manager’s assistant. In the 1950s, Al Molinaro moved to Los Angeles where he began working a series of odd jobs including salesman position at Reginald Denny’s Hobby Shop, George Pal’s studio as action animator as well as manager of M&G Grand Variety Store. His sense for business led him to become a bill collector and soon after he got his own bill collecting agency. Eventually, Al sold his company and turned to real estate business. All these ventures provided for Al’s financial independence, and helped him to pursue his childhood dream – an acting career. Obviously his net worth was already well established.

Molinaro’s first movie appearance came in 1954 in – at that time – the rather controversial comedy “Love Me Madly”. In the 1960s, Al Molinaro started taking acting and improvisation classes, and was immediately offered several guest roles in various TV series and commercials. His TV debut came in 1969 when he appeared as Agent 44 in the “Get Smart” TV series. His acting career started rising rapidly, and soon he was offered more significant roles.

The real breakthrough in Molinaro’s acting career came in 1970 when he was cast in the iconic role of police officer Murray Greshler in Garry Marshall’s sitcom “The Odd Couple”. The show aired for five years, during which Al managed to win the hearts of many fans all over the States. This role, besides helping Al to establish himself in the acting world, dramatically increased his popularity as well as his fortune.

In 1976, Al joined the crew of another Garry Marshall’s sitcom – “Happy Days” in which he appeared ‘til 1982 as the owner of Arnold’s Drive-In – Al Delvecchio. Molinaro also reprised the role in the show’s final seasons in 1984.

Apart from generating further huge popularity, this role is still considered his most significant and notable in his entire acting career. Doubtlessly, this engagement made a huge, positive, impact on Al Molinaro’s overall net worth.

Before retirement, Al Molinaro appeared in 17 TV series including, apart from those already mentioned, “Green Acres”, “Love, American Style”, “Joanie Loves Chachi” and “The Family Man”. Also, he appeared in over 100 TV commercials, several TV movies and numerous theatrical plays.

When it comes to his personal life, Al Molinaro was married twice. In 1948, he married Jacqueline Martin, with whom he adopted one child. However, Al divorced Jacqueline in 1980, to marry Betty Farrell just a year later in 1981, they stayed together until his death took them apart. Al passed away at the age of 96 from an infected gallbladder, in Glendale, California, on the 30th October 2015.

Full Name Al Molinaro
Net Worth $10 Million
Date Of Birth June 24, 1919
Died October 30, 2015
Place Of Birth Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States
Profession Actor
Nationality American
Spouse Betty Farrell m. 1981–2015, Jacquelin Martin m. 1948–1980
Children Michael Molinaro
Parents Teresa Molinaro, Raffaele Molinaro
IMDB http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0596846/
Movies Freaky Friday, Mayday at 40,000 Feet!, Superman
TV Shows The Family Man, Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi, The Odd Couple
1 [on his hometown of Kenosha, WI] I love that town; I love it. If it wasn’t that I left it for show business, I’d still be there today.
2 [about his Hollywood career[ I spent 20 years here before I got anything going, and from that I got lucky. It takes a lot of luck in show business, too. You’ve just got to be lucky and in the right place at the right time.
1 Molinaro’s body was cremated. His urn was given to his wife, Betty.
2 Died on Happy Days co-star Henry Winkler’s 70th birthday.
3 His parents were Italian immigrants.
4 As of 2002, semi-retired and living in Glendale, California, and writing a book of autobiographical short stories. No longer acting in movies, TV, or onstage, except the continuing series of commercials for Encore family-size frozen dinners.
5 His boyhood home is 2417 53rd Street in Kenosha’s “Old West Side” neighborhood.
6 Father of one son.
7 In 1987, he and fellow Happy Days (1974) cast member Anson Williams opened a chain of diners in the Midwestern United States, called Big Al’s after his lovable and long running Happy Days (1974) character.


Title Year Status Character
Weezer: Buddy Holly 1994 Video short Al Delvecchio
Step by Step 1992 TV Series Joe Passarelli
The Family Man 1990-1991 TV Series Joe Alberghetti
Punky Brewster 1985 TV Series Imprisoned Santa Claus
Happy Days 1974-1984 TV Series Al Delvecchio Father Delvecchio Igor …
Joanie Loves Chachi 1982-1983 TV Series Al Delvecchio
Fantasy Island 1979-1982 TV Series Max Grant / Lou Fielding
The Ugily Family 1982 TV Movie Sal Ugily
Gridlock 1980 TV Movie Sightseer
A Christmas for Boomer 1979 TV Movie Casey
The Love Boat 1977 TV Series Chef Antonio Borga
Great Day 1977 TV Movie Peavey
Rosetti and Ryan 1977 TV Series Benny
Freaky Friday 1976 Drapery Man
Mayday at 40,000 Feet! 1976 TV Movie Forenzo
Laverne & Shirley 1976 TV Series Father Gucci
Doc 1975 TV Series Pete
The Odd Couple 1970-1975 TV Series Officer Murray Greshler
It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman! 1975 TV Movie Gangster
Love, American Style 1972-1974 TV Series Harry (segment “Love and the Patrolperson”) / Charlie (segment “Love and the Secret Life”) / (segment “Love and the Advice Column”)
Bewitched 1971 TV Series Guide
That Girl 1971 TV Series Marv
Green Acres 1969-1970 TV Series Joe / Bellboy / Al
Get Smart 1969 TV Series Agent 44
The Name of the Game 1969 TV Series Head Shop Owner
Love Me Madly 1954


Title Year Status Character
Happy Days 1978-1981 TV Series performer – 3 episodes


Title Year Status Character
The Puppetoon Movie 1987 Puppetoon creative artist: United States


Title Year Status Character
Happy Days: 30th Anniversary Reunion 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
Weezer: Video Capture Device – Treasures from the Vault 1991-2002 2004 Video documentary Al (segment “Buddy Holly”)
The Work of Director Spike Jonze 2003 Video documentary Al (segment “Buddy Holly”) (uncredited)
Happy Days Reunion Special 1992 TV Special Himself
Anson and Lorrie 1981 TV Movie Himself / Various
The Mike Douglas Show 1975-1979 TV Series Himself – Actor
The 34th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1977 TV Special Himself
Dinah! 1975 TV Series Himself

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