Henry Winkler

Actor, Producer, Director
Impressively able to channel his 1970s star-making sitcom turn into one of the most varied and long-lasting Hollywood success stories of all time, Henry Winkler built an impressive career as an actor, producer and ... Read more »
Born: 10/30/1945 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (114)

Better Late Than Never 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Himself

Childrens Hospital 2010 - 2012, 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Comedy Bang! Bang! 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant 2015 (Movie)

Stanley Warner (Actor)

Running Mates 2015 (Movie)

Weatherbee (Actor)

Hollywood Game Night 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Royal Pains 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Off-Season Greetings 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Film School 2004 - 2005, 2009 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Here Comes the Boom 2012 (Movie)

Marty Streb (Actor)

On the Inside 1997 - 1998, 2004 - 2005, 2009 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live 1976 - 1977, 1997 - 1998, 2004 - 2005, 2009 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Shatner's Raw Nerve 2009 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sit Down, Shut Up 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Voice

Unbeatable Harold 2009 (Movie)

Mr Fullerton (Actor)

A Plumm Summer 2008 (Movie)

Happy Herb/Voice of Froggy Doo (Actor)

TV Land Awards 2008 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Berkeley 2007 (Movie)

Sy Sweet (Actor)

I Could Never Be Your Woman 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

Click 2006 (Movie)

Ted Newman (Actor)

Heckler 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Out of Practice 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Happy Days 30th Anniversary Reunion 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Kid & I 2005 (Movie)

Johnny Bernstein (Actor)

A Life of Laughter: Remembering John Ritter 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC 50th Anniversary Celebration 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

John Ritter Remembered 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Fronterz 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Holes 2003 (Movie)

Stanley's Father (Actor)

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Happy Days 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

I Love Lucy -- 50th Anniversary Special 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Scream: The E! True Hollywood Story 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Dead Man's Gun 1997 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Garry Marshall 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Joan Rivers: The E! True Hollywood Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

So Weird 1998 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 55th Annual Tony Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Journey 2001 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

A Home For the Holidays 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Down to You 2000 (Movie)

Chef Ray (Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Marlee Matlin 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Little Nicky 2000 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Mackenzie Phillips 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Ron Howard: Hollywood's Favorite Son 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Canned Ham: The Waterboy 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Dill Scallion 1999 (Movie)

Larry Steinberg (Actor)

NYTV: By the People Who Made It 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Ground Control 1998 (Movie)

Quinn (Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Jill Eikenberry 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Waterboy 1998 (Movie)

Coach Klein (Actor)

Detention: Siege at Johnson High 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

P.U.N.K.S 1997 (Movie)

Mr Crow (Actor)

Sylvester Stallone 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Scream 1996 (Movie)

Principal Himbry (Actor)

Lassie Unleashed: 280 Dog Years in TV 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

The Laverne & Shirley Reunion 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC's 40th Anniversary Special 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

People's 20th Birthday 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Rush to Rescue ... A Child Is Waiting 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Alan King: Inside the Comedy Mind 1990 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Star-athon '92: A Weekend With the Stars 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Happy Days Reunion 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas at the Movies 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Starathon '91 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Voices That Care 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Starathon '90 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 4th Annual American Comedy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Music Center 25th Anniversary 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside "Family Ties": Behind the Scenes of a Hit 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Narrator

Two Daddies? 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Voice

Funny, You Don't Look 200 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Happy Birthday, Hollywood! 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Happily Ever After 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Voice

Liberty Weekend 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The 12th Annual People's Choice Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Donald Duck's 50th Birthday 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Laverne and Shirley 1975 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Laverne and Shirley With the Fonz 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Voice

Fonz and the Happy Days Gang 1980 - 1982 (TV Show)

Voice

Night Shift 1982 (Movie)

Chuck Lumley III (Actor)

An American Christmas Carol 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

General Electric's All-Star Anniversary 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

An American Christmas Carol 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)

Henry Winkler Meets William Shakespeare 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Heroes 1977 (Movie)

Jack Dunne (Actor)

The One and Only 1977 (Movie)

Andy Schmidt (Actor)

Katherine 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Nightmare 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lords of Flatbush 1973 (Movie)

Butchey Weinstein (Actor)

Crazy Joe 1972 (Movie)

Mannie (Actor)

A Child Is Missing (TV Show)

Actor

Absolute Strangers (TV Show)

Actor

Katherine (Movie)

(Actor)

Monty (TV Show)

Actor

My First Time (TV Show)

Actor

Nightmare (Movie)

Auditioning Actor (uncredited) (Actor)

One Christmas (TV Show)

Actor

The Only Way Out (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (34)

Dynasty Reunion: Catfights & Caviar 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Knots Landing Reunion: Together Again 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Dallas Reunion: The Return to Southfork 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Hollywood Squares 1998 - 2004 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Sightings: Heartland Ghost 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

WinTuition 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Cheers 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Laverne & Shirley 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

That Girl 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Love Boat 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Bioperfection: Building the New Human Race 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Danger in Our Skies: The New UFO Threat 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Dead Man's Gun 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Sightings 1991 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

MacGyver 1985 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Sightings: Ghosts 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The UFO Report: Sightings 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Starting Now 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Tim Conway's Funny America 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

A Family Again 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Second Start 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Mr. Sunshine 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Scandal Sheet 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Sure Thing 1985 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Young Sherlock Holmes 1985 (Movie)

(Producer)

Run, Don't Walk 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Gabe and Walker 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

MacGyver: Lost Treasure of Atlantis (TV Show)

Executive Producer

MacGyver: Trail to Doomsday (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Nobody's Children (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Ryan's Four (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Scandal Sheet (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Starflight One (TV Show)

Executive Producer

When Your Lover Leaves (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Director (8)

Clueless 1976 - 1977, 1981 - 1983, 1995 - 1998, 2004 - 2005, 2009 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

Dave's World 1976 - 1977, 1981 - 1983, 1995 - 1998, 2004 - 2005, 2009 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

Joanie Loves Chachi 1976 - 1977, 1981 - 1983, 1997 - 1998, 2004 - 2005, 2009 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

Cop and A Half 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Tim Conway's Funny America (04/29/90) 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Director

Memories of Me 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

All the Kids Do It 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Director

A Smoky Mountain Christmas (TV Show)

Director
Music (1)

The One and Only 1977 (Movie)

("Getting to Know You") (Song Performer)

Biography

Impressively able to channel his 1970s star-making sitcom turn into one of the most varied and long-lasting Hollywood success stories of all time, Henry Winkler built an impressive career as an actor, producer and director in television and films. Immortalized in Americana as the good-hearted greaser "The Fonz" on "Happy Days" (ABC, 1974-1984), Winkler benefited from his career-long association and multiple collaborations with co-star Ron Howard. After "Happy Days," he brilliantly diversified his Hollywood portfolio with success in acting (1982's "Night Shift"), producing ("MacGyver" (ABC, 1985-1992)) and directing (the Billy Crystal starrer "Memories of Me" (1988)). The award-winning 1994 Weezer music video for the ultra-catchy "Buddy Holly" - which integrated the modern band into the "Happy Days" universe - introduced him to a new generation of fans, and he followed up with supporting roles in a string of successes aimed directly at them, including "Scream" (1996) and "The Waterboy" (1998). With multiple Emmy and Golden Globe awards under his belt, Winkler remained highly in demand both in front of and behind the camera, as well as one of America's most beloved pop cultural figures.

Relationships

Bryce Dallas Howard Actor

Goddaughter
Winkler co-starred with Howard's father Ron on "Happy Days" (ABC)

Jed Weitzman Production

Step-Son
Born June 1971; to Stacey Winkler and Howard Weitzman; worked on "Saturday Night Live" (1994)

Stacey Winkler Casting

Wife
Married May 5, 1978; previously married to Howard Weitzman, with whom she had son Jed

Harry Winkler

Father
Emigrated to U.S. from Germany 1939 President of an international lumber company until his death 1995

Ilse Winkler

Mother
Born c. 1913; worked with husband in the lumber business Emigrated to U.S. 1939 Died of a heart attack in NYC Sept. 22, 1999

Zoe Winkler

Daughter
Born Sept. 30, 1980; mother, Stacey Winkler

Max Winkler

Son
Born Aug. 18, 1983; mother, Stacey Winkler

Bea Winkler

Sister
Born c. 1940; on the Board of Gilda's Club

EDUCATION

Emerson College

Boston , Massachusetts 1963 - 1967

School of Drama, Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut 1967 - 1970

Emerson College

Boston , Massachusetts 1978

Milestones

2012

Co-starred with Kevin James in action comedy "Here Comes the Boom," directed by Frank Coraci

2009

Guest starred on three episodes of "Numb3rs" (CBS)

2008

Appeared in "You Don't Mess with the Zohan," starring Sandler

2006

Again cast opposite Adam Sandler in Frank Coraci directed comedy "Click"

2003

Cast in recurring role as incompetent lawyer Barry Zuckercorn on Fox's "Arrested Development"

2000

Made cameo in Adam Sandler comedy vehicle "Little Nicky"

2000

Helmed episodes of ABC sitcom "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch"

2000

Gave memorable guest performance on NBC sitcom "Battery Park"; initially nominated for an Emmy for his role, but the late airing of the episode missed the Emmy deadline and nomination was rescinded

1999

Served as a producer of The Disney Channel's sci-fi family series "So Weird"

1999

Acted in the Los Angeles production of Neil Simon's "The Dinner Party"; reprised role on Broadway in 2000

1999

Featured in festival screened mockumentary "Dill Scallion" and the direct-to-video drama "Ground Control"

1999

Cast in recurring guest role as a dentist accused of murder on "The Practice" (ABC); nominated for an Emmy for his performance

1998

Played the football coach opposite Adam Sandler in surprise hit comedy "The Waterboy"

1998

Co-starred as a malevolent boss bullying a fed-up Randy Quaid in the children's feature "P.U.N.K.S"

1997

Executive produced Showtime series "Dead Man's Gun"; guest starred on two episodes

1997

Helmed episodes of the UPN comedy series "Clueless"

1996

Played Principal Himbry in Wes Craven's horror hit "Scream"

1995

Directed an episode of "Dave's World" (CBS)

1994

Played title character on Fox sitcom "Monty"; also executive produced

1993

Directed "Cop and ½," a buddy film pairing Burt Reynolds and a precocious eight-year-old boy (Norman D. Golden II)

1992

Executive produced the TV series "Sightings" (Fox, The Sci-Fi Channel)

1991

Starred as a man who wants to save his wife's life by terminating her pregnancy in "Absolute Strangers" (CBS)

1990

Created and executive produced the comedy series "Tim Conway's Funny America"

1988

Feature directorial debut, "Memories of Me"

1987

Formed Winkler-Daniel Productions with Ann Daniel; inaugural project "A Family Again" (ABC, 1988) starred Jill Eikenbery and Michael Tucker

1986

Executive produced short-lived series "Mr. Sunshine" (ABC)

1986

Made TV-movie directing debut with Dolly Parton's "A Smokey Mountain Christmas" (ABC)

1985

First feature as executive producer, Rob Reiner's "The Sure Thing"

1985

First feature as producer, Barry Levinson's "Young Sherlock Holmes"

1985

Executive produced popular ABC adventure series "MacGyver"

1984

Directed "All the Kids Do It," a "CBS Schoolbreak Special" about the dangers of drunk driving

1983

First TV series as executive producer, short-lived ABC medical drama "Ryan's Four"

1983

Formed JZM Productions (the initials taken from the first names of his three children), a company geared toward quality children's programming

1982

Starred in the Ron Howard helmed comedy "Night Shift"

1982

Voiced his Fonz character on ABC animated series "Laverne & Shirley with Special Guest Star the Fonz"

1982

Directed an episode of "Happy Days" spin-off "Joanie Loves Chachi" (ABC)

1981

Executive produced unsold pilot "Gabe and Walker"

1980

Provided the voice of The Fonz for ABC Saturday morning cartoon "The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang"

1979

Formed Fair Dinkum Productions; served as President from its inception

1979

Played Scrooge-inspired character Benedict Slade in the Depression era-set ABC TV-movie "An American Christmas Carol"

1977

Executive produced Oscar-winning documentary "Who Are the DeBolts – And Where Did They Get 19 Kids?"; film aired on ABC in 1978

1977

Starred in the ABC children's educational special "Henry Winkler Meets William Shakespeare"

1974

Starred as Arthur 'Fonzie' Fonzarelli (aka The Fonz) on ABC sitcom "Happy Days"; series also starred Ron Howard as Richie Cunningham

1974

First significant film role, "The Lords of Flatbush"; character was precursor for his signature role The Fonz

1973

Made film acting debut in "Crazy Joe"

1973

Starred in the Broadway flop "42 Seconds From Broadway"

1972

Founded improvisation company Off The Wall NY

1969

Was a member of the Yale Repertory

1968

Founded New Haven Free Theatre

Directed commercials for McDonald's and Frosted Flakes

Returned to NYC to work in radio

Acted in off-Broadway theater

Worked as teacher at UCLA Adult Extension

Appeared in 30 TV commercials

Moved to L.A.

Appeared on PBS satirical magazine series "The Great American Dream Machine"

Bonus Trivia

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Winkler was dyslexic.

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Winkler served as honorary youth chairman for the Epilepsy Foundation in 1977.

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He was involved with Arts for the Handicapped (national committee), Toys for Tots (honorary chair), and the Special Olympics.

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Winkler served as President of the First Annual International Television Film Festival in Nice and received the festival's Golden Angel Award for ABC series "Happy Days."

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He received three Emmy Award nominations for Best Actor in a Comedy Series for "Happy Days."

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He received the Humanitarian Award from Women in Film in 1988.

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On being confused with his "Happy Days" character: "Cher called and invited me to one of her birthday parties years and years ago, and she said, 'Wait a minute, you don't sound like the Fonz.' I've lived through that. Look what the Fonz did for me. [There was] an autistic child who spoke her first word to me, which was 'Fonz.' The mother passed out. That alone is why you do what you do." – Winkler to Entertainment Weekly, Jan. 21, 1994

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Winkler was awarded the Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French government in 1996.

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Actor, director and producer Winkler on his preference: "Acting is my favorite. I love it. I love it. I want to do more. I love it." – quoted in The Los Angeles Times, Nov. 6, 1998

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Winkler on fame: "[I]f you're not in charge, it can creep in and pervert you without your missing a beat. I'm so happy that I was 27 and not 17, because, boy, do I understand how you believe you can walk on water. There are a lot of bruised bananas rolling through this town. I was a lucky one." – quoted in Details, March 1999

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Played the Mark Feuerstein and Paulo Costanzo's father on USA Network's "Royal Pains"

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