American actor and comedian
Born: October 30, 1945
Henry Winkler, born on October 30, 1945, is an American actor, producer, and author, best known for his iconic portrayal of Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli on the TV show “Happy Days” (1974–1984). He was born in New York City and faced early struggles with undiagnosed dyslexia, which he later turned into a platform for advocacy.
Winkler’s portrayal of Fonzie, the leather-clad, motorcycle-riding character, became a cultural phenomenon, earning him significant acclaim and multiple awards, including two Golden Globe Awards. Despite the immense success of “Happy Days,” Winkler’s career extends far beyond that role.
He has had a diverse acting career, appearing in various movies and TV shows. Winkler has proven his talent both in front of and behind the camera, producing and directing numerous shows and movies. He’s recognized for his roles in “The Waterboy,” “Arrested Development,” and “Barry,” the latter earning him an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
Beyond acting, Winkler is an accomplished children’s author, having co-written a popular book series about a 4th-grade boy with dyslexia named “Hank Zipzer,” drawing from his own experiences. Throughout his life and career, Winkler has been a prominent advocate for dyslexia awareness and education.
Henry Winkler’s 5 most popular quotes
- When I was growing up, I was told I was stupid and that I would never achieve. I suffered from dyslexia, and in those days it wasn’t recognised.
- I always catch and release and don’t even eat trout. I think they are so majestic. I won’t eat a trout even in a restaurant. They are beautiful and so much fun, and they give me such joy to catch them that it is my pleasure to take a picture with them, give them a kiss, sign a laminated autographed picture and put it in their mouth.
- 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.
- 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.
- Assumptions are the termites of relationships.
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