American actor, Anson Williams, was only 22 years old when he auditioned for Happy Days. He was still unknown at the time, and little did he know that his role as Potsie would earn him a nomination for a Golden Globe in the category of Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film.
Like his character, Williams was just trying to make it in the industry. It was an opportunity he almost missed, by the way, after his car broke down while on his way to the audition. Somehow, through sheer determination, he still made it there, barely in time, to capture that coveted role.
Scott Baio's Career
Scott Baio became very famous for playing the role of Chachi in Happy Days. For that, he was able to show his capability to portray leading roles, which didn’t go unnoticed. He also became a certified heartthrob, and this would continue during adulthood.
After his fans went gaga over the launching of Joanie Loves Chachi, he would also star in a new sitcom, Charles in Charge, that lasted for five seasons. He was nominated for two Emmy Awards for shows, Stoned, and , All the Kids Do It. With the recent introduction of reality shows, Scott jumped on board with Scott Baio is 45… and Single, as well as its follow-up — Scott Baio is 46… and Pregnant.
Happy Days in the 1920s or 1930s
The Happy Days sitcom has become one of the most syndicated shows in TV history. But not many know that it ought to have been written based on a different era. Its creator, Garry Marshall was approached by network executives to produce and direct a show based on the 1920s or the 1930s.
Marshall was keen on doing the show, except that he didn’t know anything substantial about the designated era, nor about the flappers. He counter-offered to write a pilot about the 1950s instead since he grew up in those years and felt he had much to share based on his experiences. While Marshall’s pilot wasn’t a hit right away (more on that soon), its creation still marks the moment when Happy Days was born.
Anson Williams' Career
Anson Williams’ success in Happy Days didn’t encourage him to pursue further acting roles. But he remains in the entertainment industry as a director and producer. He started with programs that focused on the young adult age range. His works include Star Trek: Deep Space 9, Sabrina The Teenage Witch, Charmed, Star Trek: Voyager, and 90210.
Anson Williams gets nostalgic every now and then about Happy Days, and while directing Sabrina the Teenage Witch, in one episode, he inserted himself as Potsie in a fantasy sequence.
“Cool” Or "Happy Days"?
The management of the show had warmed up to the idea of setting it in the 1950s, with Gary Marshall at the helm. The idea was to revisit a time when idealized visions of life could be effectively presented to a modern audience. They first thought about naming the show “Cool.”
However, the word “cool” seemed to have a different effect on the test audience. Instead of inspiring pleasant traits and qualities, they said, in their minds, it bore resemblance to smoking cigarettes, or skipping school, free-spirited traits, etc. Producer, Carl Kleinschmidt, was struck with inspiration and suggested, “how about calling it Happy Days?” And that’s how it all started.