Henry Winkler

BirthDay:

30 Oct 1945

BirthPlace:

New York City, New York, USA

BirthName:

Henry Franklin Winkler

Bio:

Henry Franklin Winkler was born on October 30, 1945, in Manhattan, New York. His parents, Ilse Anna Maria (Hadra) and Harry Irving Winkler, were Jewish immigrants who avoided the German Holocaust, moving to the US in 1939. His father was the president of an international lumber company while his mother worked alongside his father.

Henry grew up with "a high level of low self-esteem." Throughout elementary school and high school, he struggled with academics. This was due to what he would later identify as dyslexia. His parents expected him to eventually work with them at the lumber company. However, Henry had other plans as he saw roles on stage as the key to his happiness. His acting debut came in the eighth grade when he played the role of Billy Budd in the school play of the same name.

Following his graduation from McBurney High School, he was able to incorporate his learning disability and succeed in higher education. He received a Bachelor's degree from Emerson College in 1967 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale School of Drama in 1970. He later received an honorary PhD in Hebrew Literature in 1978 from Emerson College.

Following college, his top priority was to become an actor. However, if this was unsuccessful, he wanted to become a child psychologist because of his deep interest in working with children. Like many other actors, he began his career by appearing in 30 commercials. His first major film role was in The Lords of Flatbush (1974) in which he played a member of a Brooklyn gang.

After that, he was cast on a new ABC series which was set in the 1950s called Happy Days (1974). He was given the role of high school dropout and greaser Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli. The character was seldom seen during the first few episodes as ABC initially feared he would be perceived as a hoodlum. However, the character became extremely popular with viewers, and the show's producers decided to give Fonzie a more prominent role in the series.

Following this, the show's ratings began to soar, and Fonzie became a 1970s icon and the epitome of cool. His motorcycle, leather jacket, thumbs-up gesture, and uttering of the phrase "Aayyyy!" became television trademarks. The character became so popular that ABC considered renaming the series "Fonzie's Happy Days" but eventually decided against it.

Unlike many other stars of the 1970s who rose to fame in a short period of time and developed "big heads," Henry managed to stay well grounded and avoided falling into this trap. He was said to be more polite and agreeable, even after his popularity soared. He remained on the series until its cancellation in 1984.

In the mid-1980s, with his Happy Days (1974) now behind him, Henry decided to change his focus toward producing and directing. He produced and directed several television shows and movies, most notably MacGyver (1985) and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1996). In the mid-1990s and early 2000s, he was able to re-establish himself with a younger generation of moviegoers and TV viewers, appearing in the popular films, Scream (1996) and The Waterboy (1998) and on shows such as The Practice (1997) and Arrested Development (2003).

In addition to his movie and film credits, Henry is a well accomplished author. Between 2003 and 2007, he co-authored 12 children's novels with Lin Oliver. The series is called "Hank Zipzer, the World's Greatest Underachiever." The books are based on his early struggles with dyslexia, and they sold more than 2-million books in that time. Off-screen, Henry has been married since 1978 to Stacey Winkler (nee Weitzman) with whom he has three children. Together, they are actively involved with various children's charities. In 1990, they co-founded the Children's Action Network (CAN), which provides free immunization to over 200,000 children. He is also involved with the Annual Cerebral Palsy Telethon, the Epilepsy Foundation of America, the annual Toys for Tots campaign, the National Committee for Arts for the Handicapped, and the Special Olympics.

In September 2003, he suffered a personal setback when his fellow actor and friend of nearly 25 years, John Ritter, unexpectedly passed away. Henry was on the set of 8 Simple Rules (2002) that day for a guest appearance and was one of the last people to talk to Ritter.
Filmography

Actor ( 200 credits )

King Cake: A Big Easy Story (2017) Himself
A Director Prepares: Bobby Roth's Masterclass (2016)  Himself
Better Late Than Never (2016)  Himself (unknown episodes)
You Are Nothing (2016)  Doctor Watts (2016)
The Martian (2015) Arthur 'Fonzie' Fonzarelli (archive footage) (uncredite
Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant (2015) Stanley Warner
The Seventies (2015)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2015)
Hank Zipzer (2014)  Mr. Rock (11 episodes, 2014)
All Hail King Julien (2014)  Uncle King Julien (1 episode, 2014)
BoJack Horseman (2014)  Henry Winkler (1 episode, 2015)
Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero (2014)  Snowman (1 episode, 2014)
The Arrested Development Documentary Project (2013) Himself
Newsreaders (2013)  Fred Nunley (1 episode, 2013)
Stroumboulopoulos (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Hollywood Game Night (2013)  Himself - Panelist (1 episode, 2014)
Drunk History (2013)  Zenas (Rhymes with Penis) Fisk Wilber (1 episode, 2015
Here Comes the Boom (2012) Marty Streb
Home & Family (2012)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2013)
1600 Penn (2012)  Senator Faxler (1 episode, 2013)
Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell (2012)  Arthur 'Fonzie' Fonzarelli (archive footage) (1 episod
Comedy Bang! Bang! (2012)  Leonard Rascal (1 episode, 2015)
Oprah: Where Are They Now? (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
Adventures of Serial Buddies (2011) Narrator
Running Mates (2011) Bob Weatherbee
Still Screaming: The Ultimate Scary Movie Retrospective (2011) Himself
LEGO Hero Factory: Savage Planet (2011) Nathaniel Zib (voice)
Dan Vs. (2011)  Hal (1 episode, 2011)
The Rosie Show (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Up All Night (2011)  Marty Alexander (1 episode, 2012)
Bob's Burgers (2011)  Mall Santa (1 episode, 2015)
New Girl (2011)  Flip (1 episode, 2016)
Beatles Stories (2011) Himself
The Dining (2011) Al
The Talk (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Hero Factory (2010)  Professor Nathaniel Zib / ... (8 episodes, 2010-2013)
Daybreak (2010)  Himself (4 episodes, 2011-2012)
America Now (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Sunday Morning Live (2010)  Himself - Special Guest (1 episode, 2014)
Mad (2010)  Jor-El (1 episode, 2013)
Hillers (2010)  Dr. Watts (2010)
Uncle Grandpa (2010)  Nacho Cheese (1 episode, 2015)
Char·ac·ter: The Interviews (2010) Himself
We Are the People We've Been Waiting For (2009) Himself
Parks and Recreation (2009)  Dr. Saperstein (6 episodes, 2013-2014)
Royal Pains (2009)  Eddie R. Lawson (21 episodes, 2010-2014)
Sit Down Shut Up (2009)  Willard Deutschebog (13 episodes, 2009)
Angela and Friends (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Queens of British Pop (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Kevin Pollak's Chat Show (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf (2009)  Himself (2 episodes, 2010-2011)
The Ed Show (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
The Show Girl (2009)  Himself - Guest
You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008) Limousine Passenger (uncredited)
Childrens Hospital (2008)  Sy Mittleman / ... (45 episodes, 2010-2015)
The Wendy Williams Show (2008)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Shatner's Raw Nerve (2008)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008)  Ambush Bug (1 episode, 2011)
The Bonnie Hunt Show (2008)  Himself (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
Heckler (2007) Himself
A Plumm Summer (2007) Happy Herb
I Could Never Be Your Woman (2007) Henry Winkler (uncredited)
Xposé (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Scott Baio Is 45... And Single (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
The Alan Titchmarsh Show (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Click (2006) Ted Newman
The King of Central Park (2006) Dr. Melvin Bloore
Unbeatable Harold (2006) Fullerton
The ONE Show (2006)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Amazon Fishbowl with Bill Maher (2006)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Paula's Party (2006)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Square Off (2006)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Handy Manny (2006)  Mr. Diller (1 episode, 2012)
My First Time (2006)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
The Kid & I (2005) Johnny Bernstein
Berkeley (2005) Sy
Numb3rs (2005)  Roger Bloom (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Dancing with the Stars (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)  Himself / ... (17 episodes, 2005-2014)
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Iron Chef America: The Series (2005)  Himself - Judge (1 episode, 2011)
Out of Practice (2005)  Dr. Stewart Barnes (21 episodes, 2005-2006)
Robot Chicken (2005)  Christmas Tree / ... (1 episode, 2012)
The Young Turks (2005)  Himself (2009) (unknown episodes)
Pop Nation: America's Coolest Stuff (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Fronterz (2004)
Given a Chance... A Little Girl's Journey (2004) Himself
Strictly Come Dancing (2004)  Himself - Audience Member / ... (4 episodes, 2008-2009
The Xtra Factor (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
The Paul O'Grady Show (2004)  Himself (3 episodes, 2006-2009)
Tavis Smiley (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
ALF's Hit Talk Show (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Only in LA (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
The Tony Danza Show (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
On-Air with Ryan Seacrest (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Inventing Grace, Touching Glory (2003) Himself (archive footage)
Holes (2003) Stanley's Father
Arrested Development (2003)  Barry Zuckerkorn (26 episodes, 2003-2013)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Himself / ... (4 episodes, 2003-2011)
Duck Dodgers (2003)  Dr. Maniac (2 episodes, 2005)
Clifford's Puppy Days (2003)  Norville (16 episodes, 2003-2005)
Odd Job Jack (2003)  Devon (1 episode, 2007)
Ozzy & Drix (2002)  Sal Monella (1 episode, 2002)
The Wayne Brady Show (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
Tinseltown TV (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
American Idol (2002)  Himself - Audience Member (uncredited) (1 episode, 200
I Shaved My Legs for This (2001) Bartender
Crossing Jordan (2001)  Dr. Jack Slocum / ... (2 episodes, 2005)
Dinner for Five (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Big Apple (2001)  Mel Smith (1 episode, 2001)
Good Day Live (2001)  Himself / ... (5 episodes, 2004-2005)
The Journey (2001) Himself
Little Nicky (2000) Henry Winkler
Down to You (2000) Chef Ray
Clifford the Big Red Dog (2000)  Artie (1 episode, 2003)
Battery Park (2000)  Walter Dunleavy (1 episode, 2000)
CBS Cares (2000)  Himself (unknown episodes)
Breakfast (2000)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2008-2011)
Ennis' Gift (2000) Himself
Ugly Naked People (1999) Irving Cohen
Dill Scallion (1999) Larry Steinberg
P.U.N.K.S. (1999) Edward Crow
Elevator Seeking (1999) Gene
Third Watch (1999)  Lester Martin (3 episodes, 2004)
So Weird (1999)  Fergus McGarrity (1 episode, 1999)
Loose Women (1999)  Himself (5 episodes, 2008-2014)
The Early Show (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)  Edward Crandall / ... (1 episode, 2002)
Ground Control (1998) John Quinn
The Waterboy (1998) Coach Klein
Hollywood Squares (1998)  Himself (5 episodes, 2003)
Sin City Spectacular (1998)  Himself (1 episode)
The Panel (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 1999)
The Greatest (1998)  Arthur 'The Fonz' Fonzarelli / ... (2 episodes, 2001-2
Celebrity Profile (1998)  Himself (2 episodes, 1999-2000)
South Park (1997)  The Scary Monster (1 episode, 1998)
King of the Hill (1997)  Henry Winkler (1 episode, 2004)
The Practice (1997)  Dr. Henry Olson (3 episodes, 1999-2000)
The View (1997)  Himself (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
Dead Man's Gun (1997)  Hangman / ... (2 episodes, 1997-1998)
Scream (1996) Principal Arthur Himbry (uncredited)
The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996)  Himself (2 episodes, 1996-1999)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 1998)
Blue's Clues (1996)  Bookmark (1 episode, 2003)
E! True Hollywood Story (1996)  Himself (5 episodes, 2001-2006)
The Drew Carey Show (1995)  Mr. Broderick Newsome (1 episode, 2001)
Monty (1994)  Monty Richardson (13 episodes, 1994)
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Intimate Portrait (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
GMTV (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Himself (2 episodes, 2000-2002)
The Larry Sanders Show (1992)  Henry Winkler (1 episode, 1995)
Vicki! (1992)  Himself (1 episode, 1992)
One on One with John Tesh (1991)  Himself (1 episode, 1991)
Asterix and the Big Fight (1989) Asterix (voice)
The Simpsons (1989)  Ramrod (1 episode, 1999)
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Himself (2 episodes, 2005-2010)
Sidewalks Entertainment (1988)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2010)
This Morning (1988)  Himself (2 episodes, 2007-2013)
Biography (1987)  Himself / ... (8 episodes, 1999-2008)
The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
It's Garry Shandling's Show. (1986)  Himself (1 episode, 1989)
MacGyver (1985)  Wilton Newberry (uncredited) (1 episode, 1990)
Larry King Live (1985)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Pryor's Place (1984)  Himself (1 episode, 1984)
Gran premio internazionale della TV (1984)  Himself (1 episode, 1985)
Starring... the Actors (1984) Interview Subject
Twice Upon a Time (1983) Fonzie (archive footage) (uncredited)
Night Shift (1982) Chuck Lumley
Joanie Loves Chachi (1982)  Arthur 'Fonzie' Fonzarelli (1 episode, 1982)
Nature (1982)  Narrator (1 episode, 2006)
Mork & Mindy/Laverne & Shirley/Fonz Hour (1982)  The Fonz (voice)
Powerhouse (1982)  Himself (Uncommercial segments) (unknown episodes)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself (3 episodes, 2007-2009)
The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang (1980)  Arthur 'Fonz' Fonzarelli (24 episodes, 1980-1981)
The One and Only (1978) Andy Schmidt
Mork & Mindy (1978)  Arthur 'Fonzie' Fonzarelli (1 episode, 1978)
Heroes (1977) Jack Dunne
Who Are the DeBolts? [And Where Did They Get 19 Kids?] (1977) Himself - Host, television version
Laverne & Shirley (1976)  Arthur 'Fonzie' Fonzarelli (4 episodes, 1976-1979)
The Barbara Walters Summer Special (1976)  Himself (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
The Lorenzo and Henrietta Music Show (1976)  Himself (1 episode, 1976)
AM Northwest (1976)  Himself (4 episodes, 2013)
Saturday Night Live (1975)  Himself (1 episode, 1977)
Good Morning America (1975)  Himself / ... (5 episodes, 1977-2012)
The Lords of Flatbush (1974) Butchey Weinstein
Crazy Joe (1974) Mannie
Happy Days (1974)  Arthur 'Fonzie' Fonzarelli / ... (255 episodes, 1974-1
Rhoda (1974)  Howard Gordon (1 episode, 1974)
Dinah! (1974)  Himself (6 episodes, 1975-1976)
Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers (1974) (1 episode, 1974)
Tomorrow Coast to Coast (1973)  Himself (1 episode, 1981)
The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People (1973)  Himself / ... (1 episode, 1977)
The Bob Newhart Show (1972)  Miles Lascoe (1 episode, 1974)
Mary Tyler Moore (1970)  Steve Waldman (2 episodes, 1973-1977)
Another World (1964)  Intern (1972) (unknown episodes)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)  Himself (2 episodes, 1979-1983)
The Merv Griffin Show (1962)  Himself (1 episode, 1975)
The Mike Douglas Show (1961)  Himself (1 episode, 1974)
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1954)  Himself (1 episode, 1978)
Today (1952)  Himself (3 episodes, 2008-2012)

Producer ( 18 credits )

MacGyver (2016) executive producer
ESU: In the Line of Duty (2012) executive producer / producer
Unexplained Mysteries (2003) executive producer (3 episodes, 2003)
WinTuition (2002) co-executive producer / executive producer (unknown ep
So Weird (1999) executive producer (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Hollywood Squares (1998) executive producer (unknown episodes)
Dead Man's Gun (1997) executive producer (17 episodes, 1997-1998)
Monty (1994) executive producer (unknown episodes)
Sightings (1992) executive producer (1 episode, 1993)
Tim Conway's Funny America (1990) producer
Mr. Sunshine (1986) executive producer (unknown episodes)
Young Sherlock Holmes (1985) producer
The Sure Thing (1985) executive producer
MacGyver (1985) executive producer (127 episodes, 1985-1992)
CBS Schoolbreak Special (1984) executive producer / producer (1 episode, 1984)
Ryan's Four (1983) executive producer (1 episode, 1983)
Who Are the DeBolts? [And Where Did They Get 19 Kids?] (1977) executive producer (television version)
ABC Afterschool Specials (1972) executive producer (2 episodes, 1981-1988)

Writer ( 1 credit )

Hank Zipzer (2014) (13 episodes, 2014)

Director ( 8 credits )

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1996) (2 episodes, 2000-2002)
Clueless (1996) (2 episodes, 1997)
New York Daze (1995) (unknown episodes)
Cop & ½ (1993)
Dave's World (1993) (1 episode, 1995)
Memories of Me (1988)
CBS Schoolbreak Special (1984) (1 episode, 1984)
Joanie Loves Chachi (1982) (1 episode, 1982)