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Henry Winkler

Biography

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Henry is admired by audiences of all ages for his role as the Fonz on the long-running series Happy Days, and in such films as Holes and The Waterboy. He is also an award-winning producer and director of family and children’s television and the author (with Lin Oliver) of the critically acclaimed Hank Zipzer series. In September 2011 he was awarded an OBE by the Queen in recognition of his services to children with dyslexia and special education needs. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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In 2011 Henry Winkler was awarded an OBE for his services to children’s literacy.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Henry Winkler

  • He was cast as Arthur “The Fonz” Fonzarelli in Happy Days on his birthday, 30 October 1973.
  • The leather jacket he wore as “The Fonz” has hung in the Smithsonian, the world’s largest museum based in Washington DC, since 13 February 1980.
  • Henry formed JZM Productions, a children’s TV production company, in 1983. The name JZM was made from the first names of his three children: Jed, Zoë and Max.
  • He has starred in over 30 TV commercials.
  • Had he not succeeded as an actor, he would have become a child psychologist because he loves working with children.
  • On June 29, 1996, Henry received the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Artes et Lettres, the French Government’s highest honor.
  • He has directed the TV programme Sabrina, The Teenage Witch
  • He appeared in his first pantomime, Peter Pan, at the New Wimbledon Theatre in 2006 starring as Captain Hook.
  • He has guest-starred on The Simpsons
  • Henry’s first movie role was in The Lords of Flatbush. The same movie also starred the then-unknown Sylvester Stallone.