Most remember Donny Most as the lovable, wise-cracking teenager Ralph Malph on Happy Days.
The Happy Days Jefferson High School yearbook should have listed Ralph as “Most Likely to Entertain on Stage!”
Donny Most has loved making people smile from an early age and has been a “ham” from the very beginning.
Donny Most is currently traveling the country performing ‘Swing Era’ classics by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin, Duke Ellington and many others in his show, “Donny Most Sings and Swings!“
Most do not realize that singing was Don’s first love before getting into acting.
Finding a strong interest in music at 9, by the time he was 15, he was singing professionally in the Catskill Mountains.
Don told Ashley Dvorkin on Fox411, “When I was 14 I started taking singing classes, and lessons, and then I got asked to be part of a professional troupe. I actually sang in the Catskill Mountains that summer when I was 15 years old doing all the standards and great American song book, that kind of stuff.”
“I’m back with my first love,” Donny Most is often heard saying.
Donny Most graduated from Brooklyn’s Erasmus Hall High School in 1970. He enrolled in Lehigh University in Pennsylvania but often traveled to California and took parts on popular shows like “Emergency” and “Police Show.”
He decided to pursue acting full-time. Most moved to the West Coast before the start of his senior year and actively pursued acting rolls on a daily basis.
Donny Most’s big break came when he auditioned for a roll on what would become the hugely successful sit-com Happy Days. Although he did not get the part, Garry Marshall liked his timing and ability so much that he created the roll of Ralph Mouth specifically for Donny.
Marshall sent the writers went back to rewrite the scripts to include: “Ralph Malph”; Class Comedian. The rest is history!
After becoming a household name, Donny Most left the series in 1980 to pursue other ventures. He was seen on popular shows as CHiP’s, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Murder She Wrote, Baywatch, and Charles in Charge. He also took numerous rolls on the stage in theater.
In 1983, Donny Most joined the cast of the animated series Dungeons & Dragons where he became known to a newer generation as Eric the Cavalier.
Donny Most continues to act as well as working behind the camera as a Producer, Director and Writer.
Donny began a 33 year marriage to Morgan Most on February 21, 1982. They have two children.
Donny Most “Has Still Got It!”
At age 60, Donny Most seems to be having the most fun singing in front of live audiences around the country. With a great singing voice, and a sincere lifelong love for “Swing Era” music, Don’s performances attract young and old alike.
Donny Most will be performing next in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in the city of Plano, Texas on September 10th. You can get tickets here.
Donny Most will also be joining Rodney Conover and I for a special interview on ConoverU, Thursday, August 13th at 5pm PT / 8pm ET. Don’t miss it! We will discuss his tour as well as his long successful career!
Catch a glimpse of Donny Most performing “Mack the Knife” in his show, “Donny Most Sings & Swings” last year at “Vitello’s Jazz Club” in Studio City, CA.
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