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TV Icon Donny Most

Donny Most, Photo Credit: Steve Neimand, provided with courtesy of D. Most.

From America’s favorite TV sitcom Happy Days, to the nightclubs of Hollywood, NYC and beyond, Donny Most has done it again.  Not necessarily re-inventing himself–as he never went away; Donny Most’s career is at a place today that would be enviable to anyone in Hollywood–if they looked at just his first 25 years of his career alone.

The following here below is our interview (Part I and II) with American TV legend Donny Most, exclusively for The Hollywood Sentinel.

From a middle class home in Brooklyn, to a teenaged Hollywood star, Donny Most is a legend. And–unlike stars who made it big when they were young, Donny Most not only survived, but thrived. With his current career is bigger and better then ever, his earlier accomplishments in television and film as a beloved actor are rivaled now, only by his additional acting work, and further talents and successes also as a writer, producer, director, and singer.


From Happy Days to the Stage 

Captivating audiences and fans around the nation with his heartfelt renditions of classic cuts from the jazz, blues, and big band era, Donny Most brings back an era and style of music not far off from that legendary show that cemented his stardom itself–Happy Days. Starring as the handsome, quick witted, red headed Ralph Malph, that everyone in America and beyond couldn’t help but to love, Donny admits that he was and is nothing like his famous character.

The Early Years

As a child growing up in Brooklyn, New York, Donny Most wanted to be like the entertainers in his favorite film, The Jolson Story. While in junior high school, he committed to the professional study of not only acting, but also singing, and dancing. At the young age of just fifteen, he got his first big break as part of a teenage musical revue that played the famous “Borscht-Belt” circuit of New York’s Catskill Mountains.

Ralph Malph is Born

Just five years later, at the young age of twenty, Donny Most landed the role of a lifetime, forever cementing himself as a TV pop icon, when he landed the role of Ralph Malph on the new television pilot Happy Days. Originally a role written as a small part for a stock, jock character, Happy Days’ Director Jerry Paris and Executive Producer Garry Marshall were so impressed by Donny’s charisma and natural comedic timing, they rewrote and expanded the part, transforming Ralph Malph into the beloved class comedian that won the hearts of America; and later the world.

From TV to the Silver Screen 

In the two legendary decades following the massive success of Happy Days, Donny continued to entertain and inspire audiences, earning critical acclaim in a long and still growing list of television and film roles. With film credits include EDtv, Crazy Mama, The Yankles, and The Great Buck Howard, starring John Malkovich, and further television roles include a recurring role on Glee, Men Of A Certain Age, Star Trek: Voyager, Sliders, Yes, Dear, The Crow, Sabrina, CHiPs, Baywatch, The Love Boat, Diagnosis: Murder, Century City, Dark Skies, and The Family Guy among more, Donny Most has proven himself an actor of notable acclaim.

After years of working in front of the camera, Donny realized his life-long ambition to direct with his first feature, The Last Best Sunday, in 1999. That film premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival, winning Best Feature at the Telluride Indie Fest. His second film, Moola, starring Tom Cruise’s brother William Mapother and Shailene Woodley, earned the Outstanding Achievement in Directing Award at The Newport Beach Film Festival in 2007. In 2011 Donny directed his first family film, Harley’s Hill, which premiered on Showtime, Starz and Encore.

The Music of Donny Most

Throughout his legendary career, his dream of returning to his early musical days stayed strong. Inspired by his love of swing, jazz and big band music, he created the musical revue “Donny Most Sings,” and Swings. The show debuted in Los Angeles at Catalina’s Jazz Club in Hollywood, and Vitello’s Jazz Club in Studio City to great acclaim.

The Jazz Greats 

Donny’s musical act showcases his love of the great standards, and covers the greats including; Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and is favorite, Bobby Darin.

Don Most married actress Morgan Hart in 1982 after meeting on the set of Happy Days. The beautiful couple have two daughters, Madison and Mackenzie, and live in Los Angeles, California.

The following is Part I of our interview with Donny Most, exclusively for The Hollywood Sentinel:

The following is Part II of our interview with Donny Most, exclusively for The Hollywood Sentinel 

Visit Donny’s official website at:

www.donnymost.com

https://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/person-week-happy-days-21581194

Image and textual content is (c). 2018, Don Most (biography) and Hollywood Sentinel (commentary), all world rights reserved. Contact Hollywood Sentinel at 310-226-7176.

An American Treasure: Donny Most

Don Most, Photo Credit: Rob Daly

From a middle class home in Brooklyn, to a teenaged Hollywood star, Donny Most is a legend. And–unlike stars who made it big when they were young, Donny Most not only survived, but thrived. His current career is bigger and better then ever, with not only further new accomplishments in television and film as a beloved actor, but now, also as a writer, producer, director, and singer.

From Happy Days and Beyond 

Captivating audiences and fans around the nation with his heartfelt renditions of classic cuts from the jazz, blues, and big band era, Donny Most brings back an era and style of music not far off from that legendary show that cemented his stardom itself–Happy Days. Starring as the handsome,  quick witted, red headed Ralph Malph, that everyone in America and beyond couldn’t help but to love, Donny admits that he was and is nothing like his famous character.

The Early Years 

As a child growing up in Brooklyn, New York, Don Most wanted to be just like the entertainers in his favorite film, The Jolson Story. While in junior high school, he committed to the professional study of not only acting, but also singing, and dancing.  At the young age of just fifteen, he got his first big break as part of a teenage musical revue that played the famous “Borscht-Belt” circuit of New York’s Catskill Mountains.

A Star is Born 

Just five years later, at the young age of twenty, Donny Most landed the role of a lifetime, forever cementing himself as a TV pop icon,  when he landed the role of Ralph Malph on the new television pilot Happy Days. Originally a role written as a small part for a stock, jock character, Happy Days’ Director Jerry Paris and Executive Producer Garry Marshall were so impressed by Donny’s charisma and natural comedic timing, they rewrote and expanded the part, transforming Ralph Malph into the beloved class comedian that won the hearts of America; and later the world.

In the two legendary decades following the massive success of Happy Days, Donny continued to entertain and inspire audiences, earning critical acclaim in a long and still growing list of television and film roles. With film credits include EDtv, Crazy Mama, The Yankles, and The Great Buck Howard, starring John Malkovich, and further television roles include a recurring role on Glee, Men Of A Certain Age, Star Trek: Voyager, Sliders, Yes, Dear, The Crow, Sabrina, CHiPs, Baywatch, The Love Boat, Diagnosis: Murder, Century City, Dark Skies, and The Family Guy among more, Donny Most has proven himself an actor of notable acclaim.

After years of working in front of the camera, Donny realized his life-long ambition to direct with his first feature, The Last Best Sunday, in 1999. That film premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival, winning  Best Feature at the Telluride Indie Fest. His  second film, Moola, starring Tom Cruise’s brother William Mapother and Shailene Woodley, earned the Outstanding Achievement in Directing Award at The Newport Beach Film Festival in 2007. In 2011 Donny directed his first family film, Harley’s Hill, which premiered on Showtime, Starz and Encore.

The Music of Donny Most 

Throughout his legendary career, his dream of returning to his early musical days stayed strong.  Inspired by his love of swing, jazz and big band music, he created the musical revue “Donny Most Sings,” and Swings. The show debuted in Los Angeles at Catalina’s Jazz Club in Hollywood, and Vitello’s Jazz Club in Studio City to great acclaim.

Donny’s musical act showcases his love of the great standards, and covers the greats including;  Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and is favorite, Bobby Darin.

Don Most married actress Morgan Hart in 1982 after meeting on the set of Happy Days. The beautiful couple  have two daughters, Madison and Mackenzie, and live in Los Angeles, California.

The following is Part I of our interview with Donny Most, exclusively for The Hollywood Sentinel:

Tune in back here next week for Part 2 of the exclusive interview with Donny Most!

Visit Donny’s official website at:

www.donnymost.com 

https://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/person-week-happy-days-21581194

Image and textual content is (c). 2018, Don Most (biography) and Hollywood Sentinel (commentary), all world rights reserved.

Victory In Life with Les Brown

What is the purpose of life? Since life began on planet Earth, men and women have asked such a question. What is your purpose? I challenge you today, to ask yourself, What is the purpose of your life?

Find the purpose of your life, and then follow it.

I had the pleasure and honor to interview a great man recently, who has influenced me in my life. Les Brown, along with a handful of other men and women have impacted my life and my ability to change it’s course, by changing my way of thinking.

What you think is what you become.  We were not born with a manual handed to us at birth, on how to live a successful life, and how to master what is most often, our greatest adversary–our mind. As such, it should be the goal of every person to rise above ourselves, to discover our life purpose, and to leave our mark in the world before we die. I suggest that that mark should be one that advances not only ourselves, and our friends, family and loved ones, but also–the Earth, and all living things on it as a whole.

The following speech–like all of the speeches by Les Brown, should give you some idea of his own greatness, which is helping to teach others to find their own.

I encourage you to listen to it, to explore our exclusive interview with him here in this new issue (Art of Success Page), and explore the other new articles through the Table of Contents tab to the left of this screen on your computer, or down below if you are on your phone.

Be sure to see our just added exclusive interview with TV legend Donny Most; Ralph Malph from Happy Days, who is so much more than this unforgettable role.

I hope that our creation here in at least some small or greater way adds to the value of your life, and helps you to learn and grow. Let us know what you want to see, hear, read, and what you think. Call us at 310-226-7176 and leave a message, and we might even make your words or message published for the world to hear.

Thank you for being here, and remember, as Les Brown says, “It’s Possible” to live your dream.

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