About the Author - Henry Winkler

Henry Franklin Winkler (born October 30, 1945) is an American actor, comedian, children's book author, executive producer, and director. Initially rising to fame as Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli on the American television series Happy Days, Winkler has distinguished himself as a character actor for roles such as Arthur Himbry in Scream, Coach Klein in Adam Sandler's The Waterboy, Dr. Henry Olson in The Practice, Dr. Stewart Barnes in Out of Practice, Barry Zuckerkorn in Arrested Development, Sy ...

Henry Franklin Winkler (born October 30, 1945) is an American actor, comedian, children's book author, executive producer, and director. Initially rising to fame as Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli on the American television series Happy Days, Winkler has distinguished himself as a character actor for roles such as Arthur Himbry in Scream, Coach Klein in Adam Sandler's The Waterboy, Dr. Henry Olson in The Practice, Dr. Stewart Barnes in Out of Practice, Barry Zuckerkorn in Arrested Development, Sy Mittleman in Childrens Hospital, Dr. Saperstein in Parks and Recreation, Eddie R. Lawson in Royal Pains, Fritz in Monsters at Work, and Gene Cousineau in Barry. He is the recipient of a number of accolades, including seven Primetime Emmy nominations (winning one) five Daytime Emmy nominations (winning two), six Golden Globe nominations (winning two), two Critics Choice Award nominations (winning one), and four Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations. After greatly struggling with school and getting berated for his poor performance, Winkler studied theater at Emerson College and the Yale School of Drama, and was invited to be a member of the Yale Repertory Theater. After saving enough money through commercials and his work on the independent film, The Lords of Flatbush (starring then-unknown Sylvester Stallone), he traveled to California in September 1973 on the advice of his agent, and won a small role on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. He was then asked to audition for Happy Days, where he won the part of Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli, a role he portrayed for the next ten years. After the end of Happy Days, and finding himself typecast, Winkler moved into producing and directing for many years. In this capacity, he was directly involved in the development of the original MacGyver, and worked on programs such as Sightings and The Hollywood Squares. He also directed the theatrical releases, Memories of Me with Billy Crystal, and Cop and a Half with Burt Reynolds. In addition, in 2003 he drew upon his childhood struggles with school in order to create the Hank Zipzer series of children's books (about the dyslexic schoolboy, Hank Zipzer), with children's literature author Lin Oliver. He also appeared as Mr. Rock in the BBC adaptation of the series. Winkler and Oliver next created the prequel series Here's Hank, as well as the Ghost Buddy series. They are currently writing the Alien Superstar series. Winkler has been honored both for his role as "The Fonz," as well as his work with dyslexia (through the Hank Zipzer books). In 1980, he donated one of Fonzie's leather jackets to the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, in 1981, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and in 2008, The Bronze Fonz was unveiled along the Milwaukee Riverwalk. A few decades later in 2011, he was appointed an Honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth, was named one of the United Kingdom's Top 10 Literacy Heroes in 2013, and was awarded the Bill Rosendahl Public Service Award for Contributions to the Public Good for his children's books in 2019.

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