PROFILE
Name:
Don Most
Birth Date:
August 8, 1953
Birth Place:
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Nationality:
American
BIOGRAPHY
Show more

Happy Days

Background:

American actor/director Don Most, sometimes credited as Donald Most or Donny Most, is well-remembered by TV audiences for playing Ralph Malph on the long-running comedy series “Happy Days” (1974-1983). Moreover, he is recognized for his voice roles on some Saturday morning animated series, including as Ralph Malph on “Fonz and the Happy Days Gang” (1980), Eric the Cavalier in “Dungeons & Dragons” (1983) and Stiles in “Teen Wolf” (1986-1989). The winner of Scarlett Award from the 1999 Marco Island Film Festival also has appeared as a guest star in a number of television shows like “Baywatch” (1993), “Diagnosis Murder” (1998), “Star Trek: Voyager” (2001) and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” (2003). Film credits include Edtv (1999) and Planting Melvin (2005).

As a filmmaker, Most has completed two films, most recently, the comedy/drama Searching for Mickey Fish (2006), starring Daniel Baldwin and Efren Ramirez.

Most was a member of Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity. He has spent his life outside the limelight with his wife of 24 years, actress Morgan Hart, and their two daughters.


The Jolson Story

Childhood and Family:

Son of an accountant, Donny Most was born on August 8, 1953, in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, New York. He first became interested in acting in the third grade after watching The Jolson Story on local television. Later, in 1979, he informed a TV Guide correspondent that he saw the movie a surprising 50 times and remembered each line of dialogue. Don started to attend formal acting classes while in high school, during which time he also began to appear on TV commercials. After graduating from Brooklyn’s Erasmus Hall High School, he attended Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, but later dropped out to pursue acting in Los Angeles.

At age 29, Don married Los Angeles-born actress Morgan Hart. The couple have two daughters.


Searching for Mickey Fish

Career:

Fascinated by the movie “The Jolson Story,” young Don Most knew that he wanted to become a performer. As a teenager, he had his first true taste of showbiz by performing at resorts in Catskill Mountains in New York. He was part of a group of youngsters who played the self-appointed “Borscht-Belt” circuit. He moved on to television commercials as a high school student and started to take professional acting lessons during that same period. Before his senior year at college, Most decided to spend the summer in Los Angeles. During these few months, he landed guest appearances in such series as “Emergency” (1973) and decided not to return to college.

Later on, Most delivered his big breakthrough when he won a regular role, as Ralph Malph, in the long-running television series “Happy Days” (1974-1984), opposite Ron Howard, Anson Williams and Gavan O’Herlihy. He departed the Garry Marshall-created show in 1983 to develop his acting career.

While enjoying success on “Happy Days,” the actor also could be seen pursuing other projects. In 1975, he teamed up with Howard for the made-for-TV-film Huckleberry Finn and made his movie debut with a supporting part in the Jonathan Demme-directed Crazy Mama. He then appeared in television film With This Ring (1978), acted in the miniseries “Greatest Heroes of the Bible” (1978), had a recurring role in “The Love Boat” (1979-1983, as Marv Prine) and starred in the romance/comedy film Leo and Loree (1980, opposite Linda Purl). He also took part in the animated shows “The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang” (1980, the voice of Ralph Malph) and “Dungeons & Dragons” (1983, as Eric the Cavalier).

Three years after leaving “Happy Days,” Most joined Brett Cullen and Mary Cadorette for the film Stewardess School (1986), a typical 80’s teen pseudo-sex comedy written and helmed by Ken Blancato. He retuned to voice-over work by playing Stiles on the cartoon series “Teen Wolf” (1986-1989) and Lute Instructor in the TV film Hägar the Horrible (1989). 1989 also saw the actor made guest appearance in one episode of “Charles in Charge.”

During the 1990s, Most maintained his presence on the small screen by appearing in episodes of “Murder, She Wrote” (1990), “Baywatch” (1993), “Sliders” (1996), “Diagnosis Murder” (1998) and “The Crow: Stairway to Heaven” (1998-1999, as Dr. John Dorsett). Additionally, she made a pair of television films, including the mystery/ thriller Dead Man’s Island (1996). On the big screen, Most had a few projects, most notably the Ron Howard-helmed Edtv (1999), starring Matthew McConaughey, Jenna Elfman and Woody Harrelson. It was also in 1999 that the actor made his film directorial debut by directing Douglas Spain and Angela Bettis in the drama The Last Best Sunday.

A supporting part in the action film The Thundering 8th (2000) was Most’s opening project in the new millennium before he undertook guest roles in “Yes, Dear” (2000), “Star Trek: Voyager” (2001), “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” (2003) and “Century City” (2004). He revisited cinematic industry in 2005 by playing a role in director/writer Kari Nevil’s Planting Melvin, which starred Irene Bedard and Yvette Freeman.

Recently, in 2006, the director has completed his second film, the comedy/drama Searching for Mickey Fish (2006). The upcoming movie stars Daniel Baldwin, Efren Ramirez, William Mapother and Treat Williams.


Awards:

  • Marco Island Film Festival: Scarlett, 1999
Show Less
© Retna

TOP