“SoA” is no stranger to making big cameo appearances on the show. From David Hasselhoff to Stephen King, there was always someone to introduce to the quaint town of Charming. And while most of these stars are included for fun, there are some guest stars who have a specific purpose.
To do justice to the story he tells, Sutter did a lot of research into motorcycle club life. He worked with Sonny Barger, founder of the Hell’s Angels motorcycle club, to find the right context. Sutter took it a step further and had Barger guest-star on the show as one of SAMCRO’s founding members, Lenny Janowitz. Various actors who have appeared on the show have been part of the Hell’s Angels in real life, with the most prolific being David Labrava who portrays club member Happy.
Initially, Labrava was brought in as a consultant to help Sutter accurately portray motorcycle club culture. However, Labrava impressed Sutter by stating that he wanted an opportunity to be cast on the show (via Kurt Sutter’s YouTube). Luckily, Sutter complied, and Happy became an interestingly developed character. While his life in the club is a violent one, Happy is the strong, quiet guy rather than the crackpot hothead like Tig. He’s a lucky guy by all accounts.