Henry Winkler

Henry Winkler


10/30/1945, New York, New York, USA

Birth Name

Henry Franklin Winkler


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Though he stands small at 5'6", this actor created one of television's biggest characters: as the ultra-cool greaser Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli on "Happy Days" (1974-84) he became a pop idol overnight.

Henry Franklin Winkler was born in New York City on October 30, 1945 to Jewish holocaust escapees Harry…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Henry himself is a trained water-skier and showcased his abilities on the show "Happy Days." Of course, this is said to be the moment where the show itself peaked and began it's decline.

    • In 2005, Henry won another Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program playing Norville on Clifford's Puppy Days.

    • In 1985, Henry won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Special in his work on CBS Schoolbreak Special: All the Kids Do It.

    • Henry Winkler has dyslexia.

    • Henry was awarded a Honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in September, 2011.

    • Henry was scheduled to be a guest star on the episode of 8 Simple Rules For Dating My Teenage Daughter in which John Ritter {Henry's real life best friend} was filming when he died. Henry never made an actual appearence on the series.

    • As the TV series Happy Days ended the producers wanted to make a spinoff called Fonzie. Henry declined because he was tired of playing the part and he felt he was getting too old.

    • Henry was a close friend of the late John Ritter.

    • Henry appears as Card #3 in DuoCard's Happy Days collection.

    • Henry founded Fair Dinkum, his first production company, in 1979.

    • Fonzie's leather jacket appears in the Smithsonian Institute.

    • Henry is associated with The MacLaren Children's Center for abused children, The National Committee for Arts for the Handicapped, The Special Olympics, and The Los Angeles Music Center's Very Special Arts Festival.

    • On May 5, 1978, Henry married child welfare advocate Stacey Weitzman. They have two children together: Zoe Emily Winkler (b. 1981) and Max Winkler (b. 1984). Stacey also has a son, Jed Weitzman (b. 1972).

    • Henry attended high school at New York City's Horace Mann School.

    • Henry's first movie role was The Lords of Flatbush. The same movie also starred the then-unknown Sylvester Stallone.

    • Henry was the producer for shows: Clueless, Sabrina, The Teenage Witch, and The New (1998) Hollywood Squares. He was Executive Producer for the Reunion shows: Happy Days: 30th Anniversary Reunion and Knots Landing Reunion: Together Again.

    • While playing the role of Fonzie on Happy Days, Henry made $445,417,470 over the series lifetime (about $1.75 million average per episode). He was the second highest paid character on the show. Assuming 20 lines per episode, Henry got paid $87,500 every time he opened his mouth.

    • Henry stared in the movie Night Shift, a comedy, which was directed by his old Happy Days co-star Ron Howard.

    • Henry did many commercials before getting the role of The Fonz on Happy Days.

    • Henry went to Emerson College and received a Ph.D. in Hebrew Literature in 1978.

    • In 1970 Henry received a Master of Fine Arts degree (MFA) from Yale School of Drama.

    • Henry's parents escaped from Germany before WWII, being of Jewish decent. Freedom was their goal.

    • Henry attended Emerson College in Boston. He earned his masters degree in drama.

    • Henry presented at the 50th Annual Academy Awards in 1978 for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration.

    • Henry is most remember for his role as Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli in Happy Days.

    • Henry stars in the currently-running movie Click.

    • Henry is a cousin of Richard Belzer.

    • Henry and Lin Oliver co-wrote the Hank Zipzer series of books. The nine books include:

      1. Niagara Falls, or Does It?

      2. I Got a "D" in Salami

      3. Day of the Iguana

      4. The Zippity Zinger

      5. The Night I Flunked My Field Trip

      6. Holy Enchilada!

      7. Help! Somebody Get Me Out of Fourth Grade!

      8. Summer School! What Genius Thought Up That?

      9. My Secret Life as a Ping- Pong Wizard

  • Quotes

    • Henry Winkler: I take home movies of both my families--the real ones and the TV ones. I must have 500 hours from my career.

    • Henry Winkler: (on his confusion following the end of Happy Days) I was very disoriented. All of a sudden, not wanting to act started to creep in and I thought I don't know what to do with this feeling, because this is what I was trained to do, it is what I imagined that I was going to do forever. So the real truth is that it got really strange, really scary.

    • Henry Winkler: (on his transition from The Lords of Flatbush, to Happy Days) I was having a very good time, singing a song, able to make a living. And then, of course, when I got to Hollywood, I was here for a month and I got offered 'Happy Days,' and it was just an extraordinary time.

    • Henry Winkler: (on his transition from The Lords of Flatbush, to Happy Days) I was having a very good time, singing a song, able to make a living. And then, of course, when I got to Hollywood, I was here for a month and I got offered 'Happy Days,' and it was just an extraordinary time.

    • Henry Winkler: (on learning of his dyslexia) Everything was illuminated, but nothing was changed. At least then I knew there was a reason why I was having such difficulties. First you go through a tremendous amount of anger. Because all those arguments, all that disappointment, all that punishment and grounding was for naught.

    • Henry Winkler: Assumptions are the termites of relationships.

    • Henry Winkler: (in his Austin College (TX) commencement address, 5/19/02) Thank you for listening to me... my parents never did.

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    Henry Winkler is most famous for his role on "Happy Days" where he gained a legion of female fans. From there, his film career, however, has been less than stellar. Yes, he has bit parts in some great movies, but he never really lived up to the hype that surrounded him once he left "Happy Days."
  • I am writing this in regards not to Henry winkler\'s acting in which I grew up with, but for his outstanding talent in writing children\'s literature!!

    I have just finished listening to my youngest son Owen read outloud to me the first in the series about Hank Zipzer!!

    What an outstanding,warm and delightfully positive book about a boy who knows that he is not just like everyone else,and he is so totally ok with it!! This is a story for all young people and PARENTS to read !! Our children are not SUPPOSED to be exactly the same ,everyone IS different and has different abilities in all sorts of areas of life and when we pay positive attention to those abilities it feeds our children the self esteem they need to be happy little human beings and helps them to grow up into AWSOME parental human beings.

    Henry, The world needs more Hank Zipzers to tell their stories of how wonderful they are and what they contribute because everyone does contribute and it should be recognized!!

    Thanks for the Awsome read !!

    Owen and I will be starting the 2nd book very soon!!


    Maureen King

    Clovis Californiamoreless