On Thursday, Al Molinaro passed away at a hospital in Wisconsin. According to his son, the Happy Days alum was suffering from gallstones, but decided that — since he was 96 years old — he didn’t want to have surgery.
The actor was on the popular sitcom for ten years, playing Al Delvecchio, AKA Big Al, the chef at Arnold’s Drive-In who eventually went on to own the establishment.
The thespian also maintained his role in the spinoff Joanie Loves Chachi, in which he iconically set up long-winded stories by saying:
“Yep, yep, yep, yep, yep, yep, yep…”
He also appeared in the 1976 film Freaky Friday, The Odd Couple, and even Weezer‘s Buddy Holly music video. The Wisconsin native later retired from acting in 1992.
[Image via Paramount Pictures.]