“Laverne & Shirley” was a popular television sitcom that aired from 1976 to 1983. The show followed the lives of two single roommates, Laverne DeFazio and Shirley Feeney, who worked as bottle cappers in a Milwaukee brewery. The show was a spin-off of “Happy Days” and became a massive hit in its own right, with audiences falling in love with the zany antics and hilarious jokes of the two leading ladies.
As with any popular show, the cast of “Laverne & Shirley” became beloved by audiences around the world. Here’s a look at what the cast members have been up to since the show ended:
- Penny Marshall (Laverne DeFazio): Marshall played the tough-talking, street-smart Laverne on the show. After the series ended, she continued to act in films and TV shows, and even directed several movies, including “Big” and “A League of Their Own.” Sadly, Marshall passed away in 2018 at the age of 75.
- Cindy Williams (Shirley Feeney): Williams played the sweet and innocent Shirley, who was always trying to keep Laverne out of trouble. After the show ended, she continued to act in TV shows and movies, but she also took time off to focus on her family.
- Michael McKean (Leonard ‘Lenny’ Kosnowski): McKean played Lenny, one of Laverne and Shirley’s best friends and co-workers at the brewery. He went on to have a successful career in movies and television, with roles in “This Is Spinal Tap,” “Better Call Saul,” and “Clue.”
- David L. Lander (Andrew ‘Squiggy’ Squiggman): Lander played Squiggy, the oddball neighbor who was always popping in unannounced. After the show ended, Lander continued to act in TV shows and movies, but he also became a voice-over actor and even wrote a memoir about his life with multiple sclerosis.
- Eddie Mekka (Carmine ‘The Big Ragu’ Ragusa): Mekka played Carmine, Laverne and Shirley’s dreamy co-worker at the brewery. After the show ended, he continued to act in TV shows and movies, but he also starred in several stage productions, including “The Magic Show” and “Fiddler on the Roof.”
- Betty Garrett (Edna Babish): Garrett played Edna, the landlady of the apartment building where Laverne and Shirley lived. After the show ended, she continued to act in TV shows and movies, but she also became a vocal advocate for women’s rights and was active in the Women’s Equity Action League.
“Laverne & Shirley” may have ended over 30 years ago, but its cast members continue to be beloved by fans around the world. Whether they continued to act in movies and TV shows or pursued other passions, each cast member left their mark on the entertainment industry and on the hearts of audiences everywhere.