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Henry Franklin Winkler was born on October 30, 1945, in Manhattan, New York. His parents, Ilse Anna Maria (Hadra) and Harry Irving Winkler, were German Jewish immigrants who escaped the Holocaust by moving to the US in 1939. His father was the president of an international lumber company while his mother worked alongside his father. Winkler is a cousin of Richard Belzer.
Interesting Facts about Henry Winkler
- In the fall of 2005, appeared in the season premieres of three different series: Crossing Jordan (2001), Arrested Development (2003), and Out of Practice (2005).
- Received an Honorary Order of the British Empire award (OBE) from Queen Elizabeth II (April, 2011) in recognition of his work with British children with learning challenges, via his My Way! Campaign.
- Appeared at The World Of Wheels in Birmingham, Alabama for a Happy Days Reunion along with costar Don Most. [February 2009]
- Member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Actors Branch) [2007-].
- Founder and in charge of the film and TV company “Fair Dinkum Productions” in 1979. Fair Dinkum is an Australian slang word meaning honest, honestly or the truth or truthfully. He also founded Henry Winkler Productions and Monument Pictures in 1979, JZM Productions in 1983, Winkler/Rich Productions in 1984, Winkler/Daniel Productions in 1987 and Winkler/Levitt Productions in 2002.
- Had graduated from McBurney School, in Manhattan, New York, in 1963, at age 17. Winkler said he did not graduate with his class because of his learning disability and problems with a geometry class, which he finally passed after attending summer school.
- Being relatively unfamiliar, Winkler had won the role away from Micky Dolenz as Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli on Happy Days (1974). It was because producer Garry Marshall was looking for an actor, being short, who would more easily fit in the frame with his castmates.
- Along with Tom Bosley, he is one of only two actors to appear in all 255 episodes of Happy Days (1974).
- His second cousin Gary Winkler keeps Alaskan Malamutes, Siberian Huskies and timber wolves whenever they are not being used for filming any cinematic and television production.
- A staunch Democrat, he has spent much of his time and money towards various liberal causes as well as to the campaigns of such politicians as Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, John Kerry, and Barack Obama.
- His last episode on Arrested Development (2003) aired the same day as his first episode on Out of Practice (2005), September 19, 2005.
- In 2000, he received an Emmy nomination for a guest appearance on the TV series Battery Park (2000). However, when the TV Academy discovered that his episode (which was originally scheduled to air in April, but was later burned off in June after the series had already been canceled) had aired outside the nominations period, his nomination was revoked and William H. Macy was instead nominated for his work on Sports Night (1998). The award eventually went to Bruce Willis.
Personal Quotes by Henry Winkler
You cannot represent cool. You’ve got to be cool. You’ve got to be authentic. I think, after all these years, that is how I define cool. It is being authentic. That is powerful.- Henry Winkler
Your mind knows only some things. Your inner voice, your instinct, knows everything. If you listen to what you know instinctively, it will always lead you down the right path.- Henry Winkler
If the country is going to be great, everybody has a gift, and I tell every child I meet, whether they have asked me or not, ‘You have greatness inside you, and your job is to figure out what that is, dig it out, and give it to the world. Because the world needs everything, every one of you.’- Henry Winkler
You see, I don’t know how to ride a motorcycle, actually.- Henry Winkler
My soul lives in Montana. It’s where I fly-fish for trout.- Henry Winkler