Happy

Jovial moniker belonging to a number of characters to appear on television over the years.

  • On the sitcom HAPPY/NBC/1960-61, Happy Day (portrayed alternatively by twins David and Steven Born) was a baby who mugged for the camera and thought out loud sharing his thoughts of his daily life.
  • On the detective drama MARTIN KANE, PRIVATE EYE/NBC/1949-54, Walter Kinsella played Happy McMann, who owned a tobacco shop where Martin Kane hung out.
  • On the children’s sci-fi adventure SPACE PATROL/ABC/1951-52, Lyn Osborn played Space Cadet Happy, the youthful sidekick to Commander Buzz Corey.
  • On the military sitcom MCHALES NAVY/CBS/CBS/1962-66, Gavin MacLeod played Joseph “Happy” Haines, a PT boat crew member stationed in the South Pacific during World War II.
  • On episode No. 30 “The Return of Happy Spangler” on the sitcom THE DICK VAN DYKE/CBS/1961-66, J. C. Flippen appeared as Happy Spangler, the man who taught Rob Petrie how to write comedy material.
  • On the sitcom SANFORD & SON/NBC/1972-77, Howard Platt played Officer “Happy” Hopkins during the 1972-76 seasons.

In addition, Happy (and Walter) were two white German shepherds that appeared with Jack La Lanne on his daily TV exercise show THE JACK LA LANNE SHOW/SYN/1956-70.

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Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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