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_Henry-Winkler-top-pic-happy-days Winkler in HAPPY DAYS.

About Henry Winkler (1945 – )

Henry Winkler was born on October 30, 1945 in New York, New York into a Conservative, Jewish family. His parents, Ilse Anna Maria and Harry Winkler immigrated in 1939; a hop, skip and a jump ahead of the German holocaust. It was supposed to be a 6 months business trip, but they had no plans to go back, seeing the writing on the wall. Harry smuggled the family jewels out of Germany in a chocolate box. Harry Winkler was the president of a international lumber company, and Ilse worked along side Harry.

School academics was a struggle for Henry Winkler due to his dyslexia. His father and mother didn't understand his learning disability, and often punished him. He did graduate from high school in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and after retaking Geometry in summer school got his diploma.

His parents had plans for him to work in the lumber company, but Henry had other dreams. He was bitten early by the acting bug when he was in a school play in junior high. Henry went on to college and graduated in 1967 from Emerson College. In 1970, Henry graduated from Yale Drama School with a MFA.

This must have pleased his parents on some level. Emerson College was very proud of his success on the TV series, HAPPY DAYS, and awarded him a Honorary Doctorate oF Humane Letters in 1978.

Also, in 1978, Henry married the love of his life, Stacey Winkler, and they had two children: Max and Zoe.

"I've been married to Stacey Winkler for 30 years. The key to an enduring relationship is in the ear, not the heart or mind. How you think or feel about what you are saying is not what is important. What matters is how they hear it. After 30 years, there is only one reason to stay together - because you really want to."

Playing an intern is how Henry Winkler got his start on the hit series ANOTHER WORLD.

Henry Winkler's breakthrough role was playing the coolest character in a 1950s town, Arthur Fonzarelli, called "The Fonz", on the TV series, HAPPY DAYS. It was a great role for Henry Winkler, who played the part from 1974-1984. Winkler was cast as the Fonz after playing a similar role in the movie THE LORDS OF FLATBUSH.

Playing the Fonz, Henry Winkler became an idol, making men everywhere wanting to own a leather jacket, a cool motorcycle and to have hot babe at the snap of your fingers. Children, imitating the Fonz, loved to give the thumbs up and say "Aayyyy!" Children all over the world who saw theTV show did the same thing!

Due to the immense popularity of his part, the Fonz rolled over to other series with guest appearances including the MORK & MINDY, JOANIE LOVES CHACHI and LAVERNE & SHIRLEY shows.

The motorcycle that the Henry Winkler rode as the Fonz, on the hit TV series HAPPY DAYS was the same motorcycle that Steve McQueen rode in THE GREAT ESCAPE in 1963.

The hit series, HAPPY DAYS, gave Henry Winkler more than just stardom; Winkler became great friends with the cast. Ron Howard who played Richie Cunningham on HAPPY DAYS named Henry Winkler as the godfather to his daughter Bryce Dallas Howard. Tom Bosley, who played Ritchie's dad, Howard Cunningham, was Henry's acting mentor.

Henry won two Best TV Actor Golden Globes for his performances in HAPPY DAYS, in the years 1977 and 1978. Henry also received three Primetime Outstanding lead Actor nominations for the 1976, 1977, and 1978 years of the show.

Also in 1978, Henry was nominated for a Best Motion Picture Actor for his performance in the 1977 film, HEROES.

In 1982, Henry Winkler worked with Ron Howard on the movie, NIGHT SHIFT. Ron Howard was the director and Henry Winkler played Chuck Lumley. Henry was nominated for a Best Actor Golden Globe for his performance.

After HAPPY DAYS ended, Winkler went onto producing TV shows. Under his production Company, Fair Dinkum Productions, Winkler has produced some hit TV series including SO WEIRD, DEAD MAN'S GUN, MONTY, SIGHTINGS, and MACGYVER.

In 1985, Henry, along with Roger Birnbaum and Eda Halliman won a Daytime Emmy for their 1984 Outstanding Children's Special, CBS SCHOOLBREAK SPECIAL

Taking an uncredited role, Henry Winkler played Principal Arthur Himbry in the 1996 hit movie SCREAM.

Taking the challenge of a director, Henry Winkler has directed several hit TV series like SABRINA, THE TEENAGE WITCH, CLUELESS, DAVE'S WORLD and JOANIE LOVES CHACHI.

Henry Winkler has had a few recurring roles on hit TV series' as a special guest including CROSSING JORDAN playing Dr. Jack Slocum, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT playing Barry Zuckerkorn, and LAVERNE & SHIRLEY playing Fonzie.

In 2002 Henry Winkler became the executive producer for the game show HOLLYWOOD SQUARES. Winkler himself was a guest star on the show 5 times with other stars like Whoopi Goldberg, John Ritter, Martin Mull, Bob Eubanks, Monty Hall, and Mackenzie Rosman. In 2003, the show was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Game Show.

Bringing to life the animated character Norville, Henry Winkler was on the 2003 TV series CLIFFORD'S PUPPY DAYS. Henry won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding performer in an Animated Program, in 2005.

Taking an uncredited role, Henry Winkler played Principal Arthur Himbry in the 1996 hit movie SCREAM.

Taking a break from directing and producing, Henry Winkler was in the TV series MONTY, playing the lead role Monty Richardson.

Then in 2005 playing Dr. Stewart Barnes on the TV series OUT OF PRACTICE.

Henry Winkler's notable movie credits include...

HERE COMES THE BOOM (2012)
ADVENTURES OF THE SERIAL BUDDIES (2011)
RUNNING MATES (2011)
YOU DON'T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN (2008)
A PLUMM SUMMER (2007)
CLICK (2006)
UNBEATABLE HAROLD (2006)
THE KING OF CENTRAL PARK (2006)
THE KID & I (2005)
BERKELEY (2005)
FRONTERZ (2004)
HOLES (2003)
P.U.N.K.S. (1999)
THE WATERBOY (1998)
GROUND CONTROL (1998)
NIGHT SHIFT (1982)
THE ONE AND ONLY (1978)
HEROES (1977)
WHO ARE THE DEBOLTS? AND WHERE DID THEY GET 19 KIDS? (1977)
CRAZY JOE (1974)

Henry Winkler's notable television credits include...

CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL (TV SERIES 2010-2015)
PARKS AND RECREATION (TV SERIES 2013-2015)
THE WINKLERS (TV MOVIE)
ROYAL PAINS (TV SERIES; 2010-2014)
ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT (TV SERIES 2003-2013)
HERO FACTORY (TV SERIES 2010-2013)
SIT DOWN SHUT UP (TV SERIES 2009)
OUT OF PRACTICE (TV SERIES 2005-2006)
CLIFFORD'S PUPPY DAYS (TV SERIES 2005-2005)
MONTY (TV SERIES 1994)


Henry Winkler in Arrested Development (2003)...
middle picture with Jason Bateman.
Winkler with William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw, George
Foreman, and Jeff Dye in Better Late Than Never (2016).
With Peter Boyle, Paula Prentiss, and
Fred Williamson in Crazy Joe (1973).
With John Ritter in Grounds for Murder (1993).
In Group Sex (2010)... top picture with Josh Cooke.
Henry Winkler as Arthur Fonzarelli in Happy Days (1974-1984)... jumping the shark in picture two... third picture with Ron Howard, Anson Williams, and Donny Most... fourth picture with Robin Williams and Ron Howard... fifth picture with Erin Moran... sixth picture with F. William Parker, Ron Howard, Cindy Williams, and Penny Marshall... seventh picture with Ron Howard, Anson Williams, and Donny Most... eighth picture with Ron Howard and Anson Williams... ninth picture with Ron Howard, Erin Moran and Pat Morita... pictures ten and eleven with Ron Howard... twelfth picture with Marion Ross... bottom picture with Tom Bosley.
Winkler in Here Comes the Boom (2012)... top picture with Kevin James and Bas Rutten... bottom picture with Bas Rutten.
In Heroes (1977).
With Cindy Williams and Penny Marshall in Laverne
and Shirley (1976)... fourth picture with Mary Treen.
In an episode of MacGyver ("Harry's Will") (1990).
With Robin Williams in Mork and Mindy (1978)...
bottom picture with Williams and Penny Marshall.
In Newsreaders (2013).
In Night Shift (1982)... top two pictures with Michael
Keaton... bottom two pictures with Shelley Long.
With Rob Morrow, Alimi Ballard, Dylan Bruno,
and Aya Sumika in Numb3rs (2005).
With Swoosie Kurtz and T.J. Lowther in One Christmas (1994).
With Paula Marshall in Out of Practice (2005).
In Parks and Recreation (2009)... top picture with Jenny Slate... middle picture with Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones... bottom picture with Aziz Ansari, Ben Schwartz, and Jenny Slate.
In Royal Pains (2009)... middle picture with Mark Feuerstein.
In The Kid and I (2005).
With Perry King, Sylvester Stallone and
Paul Mace in The Lords of Flatbush (1974).
With Ted Knight, Ed Asner, and Valerie Harper
in an episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1973).
In The One and Only (1977)...
bottom picture with Herve Villechaize.
Henry Winkler in The Waterboy (1998)... top picture with
Kathy Bates... pictures two and four with Adam Sandler.