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Henry Winkler

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 Lord's 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.

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Oct 30, 1945 In New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Mary Tyler Moore Show 1970-09-19
Latest Project:
Series All Hail King Julien 2014-12-19

Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 9 wins & 16 nominations.

Known For
Poster of Happy Days
All Hail King Julien Unknown 2014-12-19
BoJack Horseman Henry Winkler 2014-08-22
Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero Unknown 2014-12-05
Newsreaders Unknown 2013-01-17
Hollywood Game Night Unknown 2013-07-11
Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell Unknown 2012
Comedy Bang! Bang! Unknown 2012-06-01
1600 Penn Unknown 2012-12-17
Dan Vs. Unknown 2011-01-01
Up All Night Unknown 2011-09-14
The Rosie Show Unknown 2011-10-10
Mad Unknown 2010-09-06
Sit Down Shut Up Willard Deutschebog 13 episodes, 2009 2009
Parks and Recreation Unknown 2009-04-09
Royal Pains Unknown 2009-06-04
Pioneers of Television Self 1 episode, 2014 2008-01-02
The Wendy Williams Show Unknown 2008-05-14
Childrens Hospital Sy Mittleman / ... 58 episodes, 2010-2016 2008-12-08
Batman: The Brave and the Bold Unknown 2008-11-14
Iron Chef America: The Series Unknown 2005-01-16
Numb3rs Unknown 2005
Dancing with the Stars Unknown 2005-06-01
Out of Practice Dr. Stewart Barnes 21 episodes, 2005-2006 2005-09-01
Robot Chicken Unknown 2005-02-20
Strictly Come Dancing Unknown 2004-05-15
Arrested Development Unknown 2003-11-02
Duck Dodgers Unknown 2003-08-23
American Idol Unknown 2002-06-11
Dinner for Five Unknown 2001-07-06
Crossing Jordan Unknown 2001-09-24
Aux frontières de l'étrange Unknown 1999-01-18
Dead Man's Gun Unknown 1999-09-04
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Unknown 1999-09-20
Third Watch Unknown 1999-09-23
King of the Hill Unknown 1997-01-12
The Practice Unknown 1997-03-04
South Park Unknown 1997-08-13
The View Unknown 1997-08-11
The Daily Show Unknown 1996-07-22
Blue's Clues Unknown 1996-09-08
Clueless Unknown 1996-09-20
Sabrina the Teenage Witch Unknown 1996-09-27
The Drew Carey Show Unknown 1995-09-13
Sightings Unknown 1992-04-17
The Larry Sanders Show Unknown 1992-08-15
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
The Simpsons Unknown 1989-12-17
The Oprah Winfrey Show Unknown 1986
It's Garry Shandling's Show. Unknown 1986-09-10
MacGyver Unknown 1985-09-29
Nature Unknown 1982-10-10
Mork & Mindy Unknown 1978-09-14
Laverne & Shirley Unknown 1976-01-27
Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11
Happy Days Arthur 'Fonzie' Fonzarelli / ... 255 episodes, 1974-1984 1974-01-15
Rhoda Unknown 1974-09-09
The Bob Newhart Show Unknown 1972-09-16
ABC Afterschool Specials Unknown 1972-10-04
The Mary Tyler Moore Show Unknown 1970-09-19