The popular sitcom “Happy Days” wasn’t just loved by its audience. It was also loved by the cast and crew whose jobs it was to bring the show to life.
Anson Williams, who played Potsie Weber on the beloved show, said he and others were “really lucky” to be part of it. Williams shared this sentiment during an exclusive interview with HollywoodLife.com in 2020.
According to Williams, not only were he and the other young members of the cast lucky to land jobs on what would prove to be a wildly popular television show, they were also lucky to be part of a show that had so many great people working on it.
“The thing is, how lucky were we as young guys?” Williams said of “Happy Days.” “It’s really lucky to get a hit television show, but even luckier to have this incredible combination of talent.”
On that list of great people who worked on “Happy Days” was the show’s creator – Garry Marshall. This Anson Williams’ 2020 interview came just before he and other members of the cast were set to pay tribute to Marshall with the special program “The Happy Days of Garry Marshall.”
‘Happy Days’ Actor Said Show’s Creator Garry Marshall Was ‘Special’
Anson Williams said he came to fully understand just how unique Marshall was when he began his own directing career.
“Having gone behind the camera through the years and directing and all this, you just really learned just how special Garry Marshall was,” Williams also said. “They just don’t make them like Garry.”
One of the things that made Marshall so special was that he cared for the people he worked with.
“He had a heart bigger than his shows,” Williams said. “Doing a show for Garry, he got into your life. He got into your head as far as taking responsibility for your life.”
Marshall also motived Anson Williams and other young cast members of “Happy Days” to branch out. Marshall wanted these up-and-coming actors to know how to do more than just stand in front of the camera. He reportedly wanted them to know how to create good television behind the scenes. So, in addition to being a driving force behind “Happy Days,” Garry Marshall was also a teacher.
“(Garry Marshall) was very instrumental in inspiring all of us to wear many hats. We’re on the Paramount lot, and he made it into a college,” Williams said. “He wanted us to learn writing, directing, and production. He opened up the entire line to educate ourselves. If we wanted it, it was there.”
Anson Williams also said that after “Happy Days” came to an end he kept in touch with Garry Marshall. As the years went on, Williams became a director on a variety of television shows. According to the article, these included “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” and “Lizzie McGuire.”
Garry Marshall passed away on July 19, 2016. He was 81 years old at the time of his death.