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'Happy Days' Reboot: 10 Actors Who Will Make Fans Say 'Ayyyyyy'

Charles "Chachi" Arcola

Charles "Chachi" Arcola was Fonzie’s younger cousin and nearly stole the show with his relationship with Joanie and his talents. He was the little brother everyone always wanted, and Scott Baio was perfect for the role. He had a great on-screen presence with Henry Winkler, who acated more like his big brother on several occasions. Fans loved Chachi so much that he and Joanie even got their own spinoff show,  Joanie Loves Chachi.

So has the perfect amount of charm and wit for the role of Chachi? Click through to the next slide to find out our pick!

Zachary Gordon

The star of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid films is an excellent choice to play Fonzie's cute cousin that tries to woo Joanie. Zachary Gordon possesses the same type of charm that the original actor brought to the table, a must have for this role.

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Arnold

The owner of Arnold's Drive-In wasn't really named Arnold, but he took on the moniker because renaming the drive-in Takahashi would be far too expensive. He bought the drive-in and kept the name, rather than change it to his real Japanese name. He liked to pop in on occasion and contribute to the antics and taught self-defense classes after hours. 

Gedde Watanabe

Gedde Watanabe could match the antics of the original Arnold to a tee, which was proven in the classic ‘80s movie Sixteen Candles. After his hilarious portrayal of houseguest Long Duk Dong, he is more than prepared to tackle this role. Plus, he co-starred in UHF as Kuni, who is a karate instructor.

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Pinky Tuscadero

Pinky had flaming red hair, loved motorcycles, and was a demolition-driver that loved pink. She was the former love interest of Fonzie who was feisty, spirited, and super proud. Even though she’s proud, she’ll be the first to correct something wrong said about her, like when she only jumped 49 shriners, not 50. Many would call her the female version of Fonzie, and Roz Kelly played her perfectly. 

Bryce Dallas Howard

Happy Days fans will understand this nod to the original series. Richie's real-life daughter would be great as the red-headed racecar driving beauty who steals Fonzie's heart. With roles in The Help, Jurassic World, and a host of other movies, Bryce Dallas Howard has proved that she can play almost any role. Plus, she’s absolutely gorgeous!

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Howard Cunningham

Howard Cunningham was the father of two boys and Joanie, who easily got into trouble. Mr. C was loving and understanding, like when Richie drank too much from his “teeny weeny” (shot)glasses of “beer.” 

Mike O'Malley

After portraying Kurt Hummel's dad on Glee, Mike O'Malley is ready to take on the firm-but-understanding Howard Cunningham. Both dads, though it might not initially seem that way, always have the best interest of their children in mind.

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Marion Cunningham

Howard’s wife, Marion, was a little ditzy, but she was the mom everyone wanted. She loved her kids more than anything else in the world. She was three seconds from crying when Richie almost didn’t return home from being in the military. Marion Ross played her so well, we’re not sure where the acting began. 

Lisa Kudrow

Like Marion, Lisa Kudrow's character Phoebe on Friends is scatterbrained but has a heart of gold. Kudrow has definitely graduated from a friend to a mom, so she is a perfect fit for this flighty and naïve character. 

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Joanie Cunningham

Joanie—or Shortcake, as the Fonz referred to her—was the annoying little sister that was constantly nosy but also a great kid. Everyone looked after her, especially her brothers, and it’s hard to picture anyone playing her other than Susan Neher or Erin Moran. 

Brianna Hildebrand

Who better to wreak havoc on Richie than Briana Hildebrand? Her breakout role as Negasonic Teenage Warhead in Deadpool proves that she has the attitude to portray sassy Joanie. The First Girl I Loved also shows the sweeter side of Hildebrand that is perfect for the sweetheart side of everyone’s favorite little sister. 

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Ralph Malph

Ralph is something of an amateur comedian and always has a joke or gag for the group. Even though people didn’t really laugh, he still got it! No matter how hard he tried, he just couldn’t get the girl—even with his various novelty items and schemes with Potsie. 

Michael Cera

Michael Cera's experience in movies like Juno and Superbad more than qualify him for the role of Ralph. His full range of talent is evident in Youth in Revolt, when his alter-ego works so hard to woo the girl, not unlike Ralph.

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Warren "Potsie" Weber

Potsie was one of Ralph and Richie’s best friends, and he spent most of his time at the Drive-In. Maybe he wasn’t the smartest of characters, but he was a very talented singer. Unlike Ralph, he had a steady girlfriend, Jennifer Jerome, who he later married. Clumsy and gullible was apparently adorable to her!

Graham Phillips

Graham Phillips may play a super-smart kid on The Good Wife, but he’s also very endearing—perfect for Potsie. His character in Goats is very similar to Potsie, in the sense that he’s gullible to bullies but also extremely charming. 

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Richie Cunningham

Iron-fist Richie Cunningham is your typical big brother—the one you want, not the Fonz. During the show, fans stuck with Richie as he grew up, defended his sister, and eventually joined the military. Ron Howard is iconic in the role, but can you picture someone else?

Lucas Till

Fans love Ron Howard, so his reboot equivalent has big shoes to fill. Lucas Till of X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Apocalypse has the clean cut looks to portray Richie, the ultimate boy next door. Plus, he's certainly "Opie enough" to satisfy fans of Ron Howard.

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Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli

The Fonz is the most iconic character on the show. Henry Winkler made the character his own, and it became his breakout role. He was the epitome of cool with his leather jacket and his many catchphrases. 

Skylar Astin

Skylar is more than cool enough to play Fonzarelli. After being part of the over-the-top ensembles of Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2, he is destined to break out as a leading man. Astin is also a New Yorker, like Winkler, making him all the more perfect for this role.

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