Alice | Mel’s Diner Kiss My Grits! | Warner Bros. Entertainment
Alice Spivak Hyatt (Lavin) is an unemployed widow after her husband Donald is killed in a trucking accident, and with her young son Tommy (played by Alfred Lutter in the television pilot, reprising his role from the film, but portrayed by Philip McKeon thereafter) heads from their New Jersey home to Los Angeles to pursue a singing career.
Her car breaks down in Phoenix (from a presumed engine fire, as seen in the opening credits), and we meet her soon after she has taken a job as a waitress at Mel’s Diner, in Phoenix. (The later seasons’ exterior shots were of a real diner, named Mel’s, still in operation in Phoenix).
Alice works alongside Mel Sharples (Vic Tayback), the grouchy, stingy owner and cook of the greasy spoon, and fellow waitresses and friends, sassy, man-hungry Florence Jean “Flo” Castleberry (Polly Holliday), and neurotic, scatterbrained Vera Louise Gorman (Beth Howland).
Where Happened to Some of the Cast?
Vera is now deceased. Her real name: Beth Howland, who had been a smoker since she was a teenager until she finally quit in the early 2000s, died of lung cancer on December 31, 2015, at age 76. Per her request, her death was not reported to the media until May 24, 2016, four days before what would have been her 77th birthday.
Philip Anthony McKeon son of Linda Lavin whom role was Alice on Alice/Mel’s Diner died in Texas on December 10, 2019, after a long illness. He was 55 years old.
Duane R. Campbell(Duane R. Campbell as Chuck (diner regular) (1978–1985). Campbell was born on June 28, 1941. He was an actor, known for Alice (1976), Palmerstown, U.S.A. (1980) and Bret Maverick (1981). He died on January 20, 2011 in Anthony, New Mexico, USA.