‘Happy Days’ Star Donny Most Described Crazy Encounter With Fans

by Maggie Schneider

“Happy Days” star Danny Most described his craziest fan encounter in a throwback interview on The Mike Douglas Show.

“Happy Days” remains one of America’s most beloved sitcoms. The 1974 television series drew a huge fanbase that was loyal until its final episode a decade later. In the show’s early beginnings, the “Happy Days” cast was interviewed on The Mike Douglas Show. There, actor Donny Most shared his craziest fan encounter.

Most’s story begins at the 7:30 mark. The actor talked about the time he and the “Happy Days” cast were stuck in a mall water fountain.

“I had an experience in Paramus, New Jersey that was a thriller,” Most said. “Henry and I, we’ve been traveling around and there were a lot of crowds, but when we got to Paramus, we got inside a mall and they put us with our backs to a fountain. There had to be over 5,000 people in this shopping mall and we had nowhere to go.”

Needless to say, Daniel Most was nervous during the whole experience. He remembers starting to shake.

“I started to shake. I mean I was looking around and my mother was there, and Henry’s mother was there, and they’re going ‘wave to the people over there,’ and I said ‘No mom, that’s going to make them more crazy.'”

As a result, the “Happy Days” stars were unable to sign any autographs that day. The grand finale of Most’s story ends with the actor climbing up a water fountain to get away from fans.

“There was this layered fountain that was two stories high,” he said. “Henry and I had to climb up this fountain on a little perimeter, maybe three inches, up up this fountain…because there’s water all around us and people screaming. We had no way of getting out.”

Most’s story definitely sounds like a movie scene.

‘Happy Days’ Was All Hard Work

In an interview with The Boise Beat, Daniel Most talked about all the hard work that the “Happy Days” cast put in every episode. While it looked like all fun and games, the actors took the show seriously.

“It looked like at the time like a bunch of people just goofing off having a good time. But there were a lot of talented people working hard to make it look easy,” he said.

“We had a wonderful director, Jerry Paris, a genius director, Garry Marshall being our executive producer. So having those people as our mentors guiding us. And then the talent the cast had, the chemistry and the way we all got along on a personal level. That’s what I remember, what really stands out for me is the collaborative process and how fervent it was.”