Henry Winkler is not only an actor, known for his hit series Happy Days, he is a writer, producer, director and first-time author. In his new book series for children, written with Oliver Lin, Winkler explores the world of a fourth-grader who struggles with learning differences. Hank Zipzer: The Mostly True Confessions of the World's Best Underachiever chronicles the adventures of Hank Zipzer who is inspired by Winkler's experiences growing up with undiagnosed dyslexia. Henry Winkler feels strongly about his new writing achievements and describes how this project has touched him, “At one time it was so hard for me to read a book.
Henry Winkler talks about how the Fonz from 'Happy Days' isn't all that different from 'Hank Zipzer,' the dyslexic hero of his book series.
It is so monumental for me to be able to write a book. I want kids to be able to identify, laugh, and realize that they're not alone no matter what their learning challenge is.” Winkler is also committed to children's welfare and works with numerous children's groups. He is involved with The MacLaren Children's Center (a facility 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, as well as numerous teenage alcohol and drug abuse programs. He is a founding member of the Children's Action Network, a non-profit organization that sponsors informational briefings for writers, producers and directors on children's issues and serves as a clearing-house for the entertainment industry on children's issues. Henry Winkler currently lives in California with his wife and three children.
Richie () takes a turn on Fonzie's motorcycle Although Winkler had already shot the film, he was relatively unknown. In 1973, a year before that film was released, producer Tom Miller was instrumental in Winkler getting cast for the role of Arthur Herbert Fonzarelli, nicknamed 'The Fonz' or ', in, which first aired in January 1974. For Happy Days, director/producer originally had in mind a completely opposite physical presence. Marshall sought to cast a hunky, blonde, Italian model-type male in the role of Fonzie, intended as a stupid to the real star,. However, when Winkler interpreted the role in auditions, Marshall immediately snapped him up.
According to Winkler, 'The Fonz was everybody I wasn't. He was everybody I wanted to be.' Winkler's character, though remaining very much a rough-hewn outsider, gradually became the focus of the show as time passed (in particular after the departure of Ron Howard). Initially, ABC executives did not want to see the Fonz wearing leather, thinking the character would appear to be a criminal. The first 13 episodes show Winkler wearing two different kinds of jackets, one of which was green. As Winkler said in a interview, 'It's hard to look cool in a green windbreaker'. Marshall argued with the executives about the jacket.
In the end, a compromise was made. Winkler could only wear the leather jacket in scenes with his motorcycle, and from that point on, the Fonz was never without his motorcycle until season 2. Happy Days ended its run in 1984. 1970s [ ] During his decade on Happy Days, Winkler also starred in a number of movies, including (1974), playing a troubled in (1977), (1978), (TV movie, 1979). That year Winkler was also narrator and executive producer of, a about Dorothy and Bob DeBolt, an American couple who have 14 children, some of whom are severely disabled war orphans (in addition to raising Dorothy's five biological children and Bob's biological daughter).
The film won an in 1978, as well as the and the Humanitas Award for producer and director in 1979. A 50-minute version of the film shown on in December 1978, earned a 1979 for Outstanding Individual Achievement - Informational Program and an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Informational Program for Winkler, Korty, and producers Warren Lockhart and Dan McCann. Winkler was also one of the hosts of the 1979. 1980s [ ] After Happy Days ended, Winkler concentrated on producing and directing. Within months of the program's cancellation, he and had collaborated to establish Winkler-Rich Productions; whenever Rich or Ann Daniels was uninvolved, his company was called Fair Dinkum Productions. He chose the name in a nod to Australia, where ' is a common Australian term suggesting a person or thing 'direct' 'honest' 'fair' or 'authentic'.
He produced several television shows, including,, and, with Rich;, in which Daniels was involved; the 1985 made-for-television film, for which he was; and the game shows Wintuition and (the latter from 2002–2004, occasionally serving as a sub-announcer). Winkler appeared in, a 1982 American comedy film directed. He also directed several movies including the movie, (1988) and (1993) with. September 1990 1990s [ ] As the 1990s began, Winkler returned to acting. In 1991, he starred in the controversial made-for-television film, as a husband forced to make a decision regarding his comatose wife and his unborn baby. In 1994, he returned to TV with the short-lived comedy series on and co-starred with in the holiday TV movie.
In 1996, his scene-stealing, uncredited role in (as foul-mouthed high school principal ) thrust his onscreen career back into the mainstream. Shortly afterwards, asked Winkler to appear in (1998). In 1999, he became an executive producer for the Disney Channel original series. He would later make a special guest appearance in the second season's Halloween episode titled 'Boo'. 2000s [ ] sparked a fast friendship, and ongoing professional relationship, between Sandler and Winkler. He would go on to appear in three other Sandler films: (2000, where he plays himself, covered in bees), (2006, as the protagonist's father), and (2008, again playing himself).
He also had small roles in movies such as (2000), (2003), and (2007). Winkler had a recurring role as incompetent lawyer in the comedy.
In one episode, his character hopped over a dead shark lying on a pier, a reference to his role in the origin of the phrase, from a two-part episode of Happy Days, '.' After that episode, Winkler, in interviews, stated that he was the only person to have 'jumped the shark' twice. When Winkler moved to for one season to star in 2005–06's, his role as the Bluth family lawyer on Arrested Development was taken over by Happy Days co-star in the fall of 2005, shortly before the acclaimed but -challenged show ceased production. Winkler has guest-starred on television series such as, (as Miles Lascoe, a parolee just out of jail—he was in jail for armed robbery, twice),,, The Drew Carey Show, (playing a member of a biker gang—in one scene, he calls Marge 'Mrs. S', a reference to Fonzie calling Happy Days matriarch Marion Cunningham 'Mrs. C'),,,,,,, and.
The video for 1994's ' edited period footage of Henry Winkler as the Fonz, as well as a double shot from behind to create the illusion that Fonzie and other characters were watching Weezer as they performed in Arnold's restaurant. He appeared on 's and in one appearance, while substituting for, Winkler reunited with fellow Happy Days cast member. Winkler made a cameo appearance in the band 's video for '. A close friend of actor, the two led a Broadway ensemble cast in 's in 2000. Winkler was reunited as a guest star on Ritter's sitcom in 2003 by Ritter's request.
On September 11, Ritter became ill during filming, and unexpectedly died. A stunned, grief-stricken Winkler was interviewed by of and various other entertainment news sources.
At the 2008 In 2008, he appeared in two Christmas movies, in the Hallmark Channel movie as a retired cop who plays matchmaker between his niece and a drifter he befriends, and in as the judge who orders Drake and Josh to give a young girl 'the best Christmas ever' or be sent to jail. In 2009, Winkler provided the voice of Willard Deutschebog, a suicidal German teacher, in the Fox comedy series,. 2010s [ ] In the summer/fall 2010 season, Winkler joined the cast of 's television adaptation of 's web series, playing a stereotypically feckless hospital administrator.
In late September 2010, Winkler provided the voice of Professor Nathaniel Zib in the Lego Hero Factory mini-series, Rise of the Rookies. In 2011, Winkler guest starred as in the series finale of.
In August 2012, Winkler announced on Twitter that he would be returning to the fourth season of. Winkler appeared in the film, released October 12, 2012, as the music teacher at Wilkinson High School. Between 2013 and 2015, Winkler appeared in 9 episodes of as Dr. Saperstein, father of Jean-Ralphio and Mona-Lisa. He stars in the British television adaption of his book series as the teacher, Mr. Rock was based on a music teacher Winkler had in high school. Winkler said that the real Mr.
Rock believed in him, was the only teacher there who he felt did. The show airs on the in the. In March 2010, Winkler was cast in a recurring role on USA Network's, as Hank and Evan's ne'er-do-well father Eddy. Winkler is a spokesman for reverse mortgages through. Theater [ ] Winkler's audition for the was to be a monologue, which he promptly forgot, so he made up his own Shakespeare monologue. Out of a class of 25 actors, 11 finished. During summers, he and his classmates opened a summer stock theater called New Haven Free Theater, putting on various plays including, and an improv night.
The company put on a production of The American Pig at the for the in New York City. In June 1970, after graduating from Yale, Winkler was asked to be part of the company, which included and. During his time there,, who had seen him perform in, offered him a part in his film.
Winkler had to decline because he had no understudy for his current role, and thus was unable to leave. He stayed with the Yale Repertory Theatre for a year and a half. In 1971, Winkler got a job at the in to work on the play,, but was fired by director,. In 1977, Winkler appeared in a TV special, 'Henry Winkler Meets,' part of the Festival of Lively Arts for Young People instructional series for children. With the assistance of as Shakespeare, Winkler, as himself, introduced an audience of children to,,, and and explained to them how Shakespeare's plays were produced at the in in the 17th century. He also played in the scene from in which slays in a sword duel.
Pantomime [ ] Winkler appeared in his first at the, in 2006, playing in, replacing who pulled out when he was offered a TV role. He reprised the role in for Christmas 2007.
For the 2008/2009 season, he played at the and donned the hook once again for the 2009/2010 panto season at the. In December 2013, Winkler reprised his role of Captain Hook in Peter Pan at the Richmond Theatre in South West London. In the 2013 Broadway season, Winkler,,, and were announced to star in the David West Read play The Performers opening Nov 14, 2012, at The. Author [ ] In 1998, Winkler's agent at, Alan Berger, suggested Winkler write a children's book about dyslexia, but Winkler didn't think that he would be able to write because of his struggles with the learning disability.
Berger was persistent, and a few years later, in 2003, he again suggested Winkler write. Winkler said yes. Berger suggested he co-write with author. Winkler has since written 19 books. Hank Zipzer books [ ] Since 2003, Winkler has collaborated with on a series of children's books about a 4th grade boy,, who is.
Winkler also has the learning disability, which was not diagnosed until he was 31 and his stepson Jed, who was in the third grade, was tested; the dyslexia was an unhappy part of his childhood. Winkler has published 17 books about his hero Zipzer, the 'world's greatest underachiever.' In July 2008, Winkler joined on their annual Reading Tour of schools where he read excerpts from his Hank Zipzer books. This has since become an annual tour.
In 2011, he donated books to Holy Rosary School, PA. The school was flooded out. On May 31, 2011, Winkler's book, I've Never Met an Idiot on the River, was published. It is a collection of his photographs and reflections drawn from his love of fly fishing and life with his family. Other activities [ ] • October 2008: Winkler appeared in a video on with, reprising their roles as Fonzie and, encouraging people to vote for. The video titled 'Ron Howard’s Call to Action' also featured. • June 19, 2010: Winkler appeared on James Corden's ITV World Cup Live show.
He represented the USA in the World Cup Wall Chart. • 2013: Winkler appeared in 's music video for 'Your Life is a Lie,' and made a special appearance with the band at FYF Fest 2013 where he played an oversized cowbell. Honors and awards [ ] • 1996: Class Day speaker at, an honor accorded to distinguished Yale alumni • August 3, 2008: Guest conductor at the by the Sea Concert in • August 19, 2008: Unveiling of the, a life-sized, bronze statue of Fonzie along the. • ^ Herman, Karen (10 November 2006).... Retrieved 20 April 2015.
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