Fast Facts

  • Is the cousin of Henry Heimlich, the physician who invented the Heimlich maneuver.
  • Sang and danced alongside John Amos in a 1971 McDonald's commercial.
  • Transitioned from acting to behind-the-scenes jobs such as writing and producing, and in 1985 he took the advice of his Happy Days costar Ron Howard and began directing.
  • After getting exposure as a singer on Happy Days, he embarked on a singing career, releasing a single and co-headlining shows in Las Vegas and Reno.
  • Opened a chain of diners called Big Al's with his former Happy Days costar Al Molinaro.
  • Founded Physicians Prefer, a company devoted to creating drug-free products, and Starmaker Products, a cosmetics company.
  • Has five daughters.


  • 1983, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee


  • Hannah Lily — Daughter
  • Jackie Gerken — Wife
  • Lorrie Mahaffey — Ex-wife


  • Attended Los Angeles Pierce College, Los Angeles, CA

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  • Birth Name: Anson William Heimlich
  • Birth Place: Los Angeles, CA
  • Profession: Actor, Director

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