Henry Franklin Winkler
October 30, 1945
|Education||Emerson College (Bachelor of Arts)|
Yale University (Master of Fine Arts)
|Known for||Fonzie (Happy Days)|
Barry Zuckerkorn (Arrested Development)
Gene Cousineau (Barry)
Fritz (Monsters at Work)
|MacGyver (executive producer)|
Hank Zipzer (children's books)
|Children||3, including Max Winkler|
|Relatives||Richard Belzer (cousin)|
Henry Franklin Winkler (born October 30, 1945) is an American actor, comedian, children's book author, executive producer, and director. He initially rose to fame for his role as Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli, a greaser who became the breakout character of the sitcom Happy Days. He won two Golden Globe Awards, and earned three Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for the role. He also earned a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama for his portrayal of Jack Dunne in Heroes (1977), and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his role as Chuck Lumley in the film Night Shift (1982). In addition, he gained recognition as an executive producer, winning a Genesis Award for MacGyver, the Bronze Wrangler for Dead Man's Gun, and the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Children's Special for the CBS Schoolbreak Special: "All the Kids Do It." He also received a Daytime Emmy nomination for Hollywood Squares, and a Primetime Emmy nomination for the televised version of Who Are the DeBolts? And Where Did They Get Nineteen Kids?.
Winkler later portrayed the high school principal Arthur Himbry in Scream (1996), Coach Klein in Adam Sandler's The Waterboy (1998), and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy, Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, for his role as Dr. Henry Olson on The Practice. He also portrayed a number of notable television characters including Barry Zuckerkorn in Arrested Development (for which he received the Gold Derby Award), Sy Mittleman in Childrens Hospital, Dr. Saperstein in Parks and Recreation, and Eddie R. Lawson in Royal Pains. He currently portrays Fritz in the 2021 computer-animated streaming television series Monsters at Work (a midquel to the 2001 film Monsters, Inc.), and Gene Cousineau in Barry (for which he received two Golden Globe nominations, three Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations, and two awards for the role: the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2018), and the 2018 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series).
Winkler grew up unaware that he was dyslexic (he was not diagnosed until the age of 31). Thus in 2003, he decided to collaborate with children's literature author Lin Oliver, on a series of books about a dyslexic child, Hank Zipzer, in order to raise awareness on the issue. He also appeared as Mr. Rock in the BBC adaptation of the series. Winkler and Oliver later collaborated on the prequel for the series (Here's Hank), as well as the Ghost Buddy series. They are currently writing the Alien Superstar series.
Winkler's parents Ilse Anna Marie (née Hadra) (1913-1999) and lumber import-exporter Harry Irving Winkler (1903-1995) were German Jews who were living in Berlin during the rise of Nazi Germany. By 1939, his father knew that they were no longer safe and had to leave. He thus arranged to take his wife on a six-week business trip to the United States, and was expected to return. He smuggled out the family jewels by encasing them in chocolate (and carrying them in a chocolate box). Winkler's Uncle Helmut was supposed to join them, but at the last minute decided to leave at a later date (and was eventually taken away by the Nazis). With the money from the pawned jewelry, his father managed to keep himself and his wife permanently in the U.S. They family settled in New York, and his father developed the same that business he had in Germany. Winkler would eventually return to Berlin and share this story on a 2018 episode of Better Late Than Never.
Henry Franklin Winkler (named after both his Uncle Helmut and then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt) was born a few years later on October 30, 1945, in the West Side of New York City's Manhattan borough. This was his home for the first 27 years of his life, before moving to California in 1973. He has a sister named Beatrice, and is a cousin of fellow actor Richard Belzer. Although they did not keep kosher, Winkler was raised in the traditions of Conservative Judaism. The family attended Congregation Habonim, where his mother ran the Judaica shop.
"You want so badly to be able to do it and you can't. And no matter how hard you try, it's not working. You sharpen your pencils. You reinforce your lined paper with those gummy reinforcements. All your notebooks are all neat. You've got your dividers for all your subjects. You're doing everything you can do to be in control and you have no control over your brain. It is painful...I would study my words. I would know them cold. I would know them backwards and forwards. I would go to class. I would pray that I had retained them. Then I would get the test and spend a lot of time thinking about where the hell those words went. I knew them. The must have fallen out of my head. Did I lose them on the street? Did I lose them in the stairwell? Did I lose them walking through the classroom doorway? I didn't have the slightest idea of how to spell the words that I knew a block and a half away in my apartment the night before."
--Henry Winkler, From The Yale Center For Dyslexia and Creativity, "Henry Winkler, Director & Actor."
Winkler's parents believed that he would go to college and then take over the family business. Winkler remembers that "they would not tolerate poor marks." Winkler, however, struggled with school (he was not diagnosed as dyslexic until he was 31). He would later describe the experience as one where his father "wanted me to go into the family business, buying and selling wood. But the only wood I was interested in was Hollywood."
Winkler describes his childhood struggles as "excruciating...if I got a D, I went in my room and celebrated that I hadn't failed. My self-image was almost nonexistent." He further states that he "was called lazy. I was called stupid. I was told I was not living up to my potential. And all the time inside I'm thinking, I don't think I'm stupid. I don't want to be stupid. I'm trying as hard as I can. I really am. I was grounded for most of my high school career. They thought if I stayed at my desk for 6 weeks at a time, I was going to get it and they were just going to put an end to the silliness of my laziness. That was going to be that." In contrast, his father spoke 11 languages, and could quickly do mathematics in his head. He thus did not understand Winkler's problems at school, referred to him as "dummer hund" (dumb dog) in German, and punished him for his poor grades. It was only decades later, when his stepson Jed was diagnosed with dyslexia, that Winkler realized he was also dyslexic.
Winkler attended P.S. 87 on West 78th Street, Manhattan, and then attended the McBurney School on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Although he knew that he wanted to be an actor since he was seven years old, his academic performance made it difficult to perform in school productions. He was also "grounded most of my high school career. I was told I would never achieve." Furthermore, although Winkler graduated from the McBurney School in 1963, he was not allowed to attend graduation, as he had to repeat Geometry for the fourth time during summer school. After finally passing the course, he received his diploma in the mail.
Winkler applied to 28 colleges, but was admitted to only two of them, one of which was Emerson College in Boston. While at Emerson, he majored in theater and minored in child psychology (he has stated that he also considered becoming a child psychologist if he did not succeed as an actor), graduating in 1967. Decades later in 1978, Emerson awarded Winkler an honorary DHL (he also received an honorary DHL from Austin College).
During his senior year at Emerson, Winkler decided to audition for the Yale School of Drama. At the same time, his then-undiagnosed dyslexia created complications when auditioning for plays, as he either forgot his lines or had difficulty reading directly from the script. He thus forgot the Shakespearean monologue he was supposed to perform for the audition. However, he drew upon a life-long compensation technique (improvising lines based upon his understanding of the character), and invented a monologue during the audition. Regardless, he was admitted into the MFA program in 1967. During the summers, he and his Yale classmates opened a summer stock theater called New Haven Free Theater, and put on various plays (including Woyzeck, and an improv night). The company also performed The American Pig at the Joseph Papp Public Theater for the New York Shakespeare Festival in New York City.
Winkler earned his MFA in 1970. In addition, out of his original cohort of 25 actors at Yale, Winkler was one of 11 who graduated. Later in 1996, he served as the Class Day Speaker for Yale University's graduation ceremony.
Winkler was one of three students from his graduating class of 11 who were invited to become a part of the Yale Repertory Theatre company. During his time there, Cliff Robertson, who had seen him perform in East Hampton, offered him a part in his film The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid. Winkler had to decline because he had no understudy for his current role, and thus was unable to leave. He stayed with the Yale Repertory Theatre for a year and a half. Winkler appeared in over a dozen Yale Repertory Theater productions, including Shakespeare's Coriolanus (May 1968) and Macbeth (February 1971), Gogol's The Government Inspector (February 1970), the world premiere of Gimpel the Fool (an Isaac Bashevis Singer adaptation, October 1970) and Two by Brecht and Weill: The Little Mahagonny and The Seven Sins (May-June 1971 and January 1972). During this time period (1971), Winkler got a job at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. to work on the play, Moonchildren, but was fired by director Alan Schneider.
Winkler moved back to New York and experienced new sets of difficulties finding work in the theater, as he continued to struggle with cold reading of scripts. While he didn't know at the time that he was dyslexic, he had developed compensation strategies that helped him learn "to negotiate with your learning challenge. I improvised. I never read anything the way that it was written in my entire life. I would read it. I could instantly memorize a lot of it and then what I didn't know, I made up and threw caution to the wind and did it with conviction and sometimes I made them laugh and sometimes I got hired."
Although he appeared in the short-lived play, 42 Seconds from Broadway, (1972) Winkler states, "the self-doubt was the most difficult part of that time...the rejection just fueled the will." He supported himself through television commercials, work which allowed him to continue to perform with the Manhattan Theater Club for free. He was also cast in the independent film, The Lords of Flatbush (1974), filmed in New York, with then unknown Sylvester Stallone.
By 1973, Winkler had enough money to travel to California and explore his options in Hollywood for one month. During this time, he landed his first role on television as Rhoda's date, Steve Waldman on The Mary Tyler Moore Show (Season 4, Episode 10, "The Dinner Party"), and performed with Mary Tyler Moore, Ed Asner, Betty White, Valerie Harper, and Gavin MacLeod.
Before leaving Hollywood, Winkler was offered the role of Arthur Herbert Fonzarelli, better known as "Fonzie" or "The Fonz", on a new show called Happy Days. He said he would accept the role if they would show who the character was when he took his jacket off, and then moved permanently to California. He appeared as "The Fonz" on the first episode of Happy Days (which premiered in January 1974), and was continuously with the series until it ended it in July 1984. Winkler, himself, is different from the character, as he has stated that The Fonz, "was everything I wanted to be."
Happy Days director/producer Garry Marshall originally had a completely different idea in mind for the role of "The Fonz." Marshall wanted to cast a hunky, blond, Italian model-type male in the role, and imagined the character to be a stupid foil to the real star, Ron Howard. Micky Dolenz (of The Monkees) was originally considered for the role. Winkler's audition made Marshall change his mind. By the third season, "The Fonz" became the focus of the show. In addition, ABC executives did not want to see Fonzie wearing leather, thinking it would imply that the character was a criminal. Thus, the first 13 episodes show Winkler wearing two different kinds of windbreaker jackets, one of which was green. Marshall argued with the executives about the jacket. In the end, a compromise was made: Winkler could only wear the leather jacket in scenes with his motorcycle. And, from that point on, the Fonz was never without his motorcycle, until season 2.
During his time on Happy Days, Winkler continued to struggle with the consequences of his then-undiagnosed dyslexia. He struggled with cold-readings stating: "I embarrassed myself for 10 years reading around that table with the producers, the other actors, the director, all of the department heads. On Monday morning, we read the scripts. I stumbled over every word. I was completely embarrassed." Winkler compensated by memorizing the scripts as he states, "memorizing, if it's written well, my brain is then able to suck it up like a vacuum cleaner." It took him two days to memorize, and if he forgot his lines, he would improvise.
"The Fonz Dance" (Season 4, Episode 8) refers to Winkler improvising a version of the hora as Richie's band plays the song Hava Nagila. Years later in 2018, Winkler performed a version of the dance as a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
During his decade on Happy Days, Winkler portrayed Jack (a Vietnam War vet with PTSD) with then unknown Harrison Ford and Sally Field, in Heroes (1977), a role for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama. He also appeared in the 1977 TV special, "Henry Winkler Meets William Shakespeare," part of the CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People instructional series for children. Winkler later portrayed Andy in the Carl Reiner film, The One and Only (1978) and Benedict Slade in An American Christmas Carol (TV movie, 1979). He was also the executive producer and host for the 1978 50-minute television version of the documentary, Who Are the DeBolts? And Where Did They Get Nineteen Kids?, which was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Series or Special in 1979.
In 1983, he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his portrayal of Chuck in the 1982 film, Night Shift (with Shelly Long right before she joined Cheers, and then-unknown Michael Keaton).
After Happy Days ended in 1984, Winkler was typecast as "The Fonz," and faced difficulty finding acting jobs for many years. Winkler later remembers that time period as one where it was "just true I was on a television show that was really popular for a long time and then you'd go into an audition and people would say, 'You're such a great actor. You're the Fonz!' For 10 years I had to bob and weave to figure out what I was going to do. I can understand how people can fall off the edge of the earth when they are on a popular television show. How disheartening it is." However, he has also stated that he lives his life by "tenacity and gratitude," and sees himself as "that toy with sand at the bottom you punch it and it goes right back to center. That is it: You have to get up, dust yourself off and you have to just keep yourself moving forward."
Winkler established Winkler-Rich Productions with John Rich; whenever Rich or Ann Daniels was uninvolved, his company was called Fair Dinkum Productions. He chose the name in a nod to Australia, where "fair dinkum" is a common Australian term suggesting a person or thing is "direct," "honest," "fair," or "authentic". He thus turned to producing, and was an executive producer on MacGyver, which won the Genesis Award (Best TV Drama) in 1991, and Dead Man's Gun, which won the Bronze Wrangler in 1998. He was also executive producer on several other shows, including Sightings, So Weird, and Mr. Sunshine. In 2002, he partnered with Michael Levitt (producer) to revamp and update The Hollywood Squares (for the fifth season of the 1998 reboot), which was then nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show in 2003.
"My first impulse was to say, 'thank you very much, but I'm busy,'" Henry recalled. "I then thought to myself, 'oh my goodness; how can you say no? How could you possibly turn this down?' And then I said to myself very easily, 'you can't do this, you'll be out of the business, you'll be out of your life. Aside from this, you'll be embarrassing yourself into oblivion.'" (Later, after working through the difficulties dyslexia creates for him with "cold-reads," he agreed to the reading and asked for the script in advance so that he could memorize it) "Can you imagine if I had given into my fear...You don't have any idea how powerful you are and what you can achieve. You literally cannot give in to your fear. You literally have got to walk over it, step on it's face and keep moving toward where you want to go and eventually, if I can get there, there's no reason you can't get there."
Winkler first began directing in 1982, when Garry Marshall gave him the opportunity to direct the 13th episode of the Happy Days spin-off, Joanie Loves Chachi starring Scott Baio and Erin Moran. Two years later, he directed and was executive producer for the CBS Schoolbreak Special: "All the Kids Do It" (which also starred Baio), for which he won the 1985 Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Children's Special (executive producer), and was nominated for the 1985 Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Directing in Children's Programming. In addition to a few television programs, Winkler also directed the theatrical releases, Memories of Me with Billy Crystal (1988), and Cop and a Half with Burt Reynolds (1993).
Winkler returned to acting in 1991, when he starred in Absolute Strangers. A few years later, he starred in the short-lived 1994 series Monty with David Schwimmer (before his debut on Friends), and appeared in Scream (1996) as foul-mouthed high school principal Arthur Himbry. His role was uncredited, however, as the producers were concerned that he would only be seen as The Fonz, and thus distract from the film. In 2000, he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy, Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, for his portrayal of Dr. Henry Olson on The Practice.
In 1994, Adam Sandler included Fonzie in the The Chanukah Song (which debuted on Saturday Night Live). Winkler called Sandler to thank him, which led first to a friendship, and later a few roles for Winkler. He was Coach Klein in Sandler's 1998 film, The Waterboy, and also appeared in Little Nicky in 2000, Click in 2006, and You Don't Mess with the Zohan in 2008.
Winkler also worked on a few projects with his longtime friend John Ritter, whom he first met in 1978 at ABC's 25th anniversary party, when Winkler was still on Happy Days, and Ritter was Jack Tripper on the television series, Three's Company. He directed Ritter in the 1986 television movie, A Smoky Mountain Christmas starring Dolly Parton, and in 1993, they co-starred in the made-for-television movie, The Only Way Out. Later in 2000, they led a Broadway ensemble cast in Neil Simon's The Dinner Party. In 2003, Winkler was slated for a guest appearance on Ritter's show, 8 Simple Rules (for Dating my Teenage Daughter). However, during the filming of the episode, Ritter became ill and had to be taken to the hospital, dying a few days later. The episode was never completed and Winkler's role was dropped, as the series had to be rewritten to contextualize Ritter's passing.
In 2003, Winkler first appears as the incompetent lawyer Barry Zuckerkorn in season one ("In God We Trust") of Arrested Development, and would become a regular in both the series and the reboot. For his portrayal of Barry Zuckerkorn, Winkler won a Gold Derby Award:Comedy Guest Actor in 2004, and was nominated for Gold Derby Award:Comedy Guest Actor of the Decade in 2010. In 2014, he was nominated as part of the cast for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
Winkler states that Barry's "hopping" over the shark on the pier in Episode 13 of the second season (2005), is a reference to the phrase "jumping the shark," which was coined by Jon Hein in response to Season Five, Episode Three, "Hollywood: Part 3" of the sitcom Happy Days (1974-1984), when his character Fonzie jumps over a shark while on water-skis. Winkler notes that he is "the only actor, maybe in the world, that has jumped the shark twice -- once on Happy Days, and once on Arrested Development." Arrested Development makes additional references to Happy Days as well (since one of the executive producers was Ron Howard who also narrated the show). Vulture notes that in Season One, Episode 17, Winkler's character Barry "looks into the mirror and does the 'no comb necessary' Fonzie pose." Later in Season Three, Episode Three, Scott Baio joins the cast as the potentially new lawyer Bob Loblaw, stating "look, this is not the first time I've been brought in to replace Barry Zuckerkorn. I think I can do for you everything he did. Plus, I skew younger. With juries and so forth." Vulture further argues that this statement is "a nod to Happy Days, where [Baio] was brought on as Chachi, to be a new teen idol as Henry Winkler got older."
In 2003, Winkler began to work with children's book author Lin Oliver on the Hank Zipzer children's series. All of the characters in the books are based on real people, including Hank who is based on Winkler as a child. The idea originated with his agent at CAA, Alan Berger, who in 1998 first suggested the idea to him. However, Winkler did not believe he was capable of creating children's books. It was only a few years later, after the suggestion was made to him again, that Winkler agreed. The publisher, Penguin Putnam, choose to publish the books with a special font that was created specifically for dyslexic readers by a dyslexic graphic designer (with dyslexic children) in Holland.
After they completed the main books, Winkler and Oliver created a prequel series, Here's Hank that explores Hank's life as a second grader (2012 to 2016). He also starred in the BBC adaptation (2014-16) of the Hank Zipzer book series as the teacher Mr. Rock (who was based on a music teacher Winkler once had in high school at McBurney). Winkler said that the real Mr. Rock believed in him and was the only teacher there who he felt did Oliver and Winkler co-authored the TV-tie in books to the series.
In 2004, Winkler was nominated for a Daytime Emmy, Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program, and in 2005, he won the Daytime Emmy, Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program, for his voice-work as Norville in Clifford's Puppy Days. He also had regular roles in a few series including, Dr. Stewart Barnes on Out of Practice (2005-6), Eddie R. Lawson on the comedy-drama series Royal Pains (2009-2016) (where he was reunited with Ed Asner whom he first worked with on the Mary Tyler Moore Show in 1973), Sy Mittleman on Childrens Hospital (2010-2016), and Dr. Saperstein in Parks and Recreation (2013-2015).
In 2006, Winkler appeared in his first pantomime at the New Wimbledon Theatre, London as Captain Hook in Peter Pan (replacing David Hasselhoff who pulled out when he was offered a TV role by Simon Cowell), and reprised the role in Woking for Christmas 2007. For the 2008/2009 season, he played Captain Hook at the Milton Keynes Theatre and once again for the 2009/2010 panto season at the Liverpool Empire.
Winkler was an executive producer for the NBC series Better Late Than Never, which aired from 2016 to 2018. The travel-reality show (which starred Winkler, William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw, George Foreman-- and Jeff Dye) was an adaptation of the South Korean Grandpas Over Flowers series.
The fourth episode of the second season, "Berlin: How do you say Roots in German?" focused on Winkler's exploration of the city from which his parents escaped in 1939. The search culminated at the site of a brass memorial plaque, known as a stolperstein, embedded in the pavement in front of the workplace and home of Helmut Winkler, his uncle, who died in Auschwitz. Winkler's father also worked in the building and lived next door.
Since 2018, Winkler has appeared in the role of acting teacher Gene Cousineau in the Bill Hader-helmed HBO comedy Barry. Winkler drew upon his personal experience to develop the character stating, "I've had about 14 teachers, from Emerson College to Yale Drama School, just in between those seven years. And what was amazing is that some of them were inspirational. Some of them were mean. Some of them lost their way. And some of them had nothing to say."
He received two Golden Globe nominations, three Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations, and two awards for the role: the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2018), and the 2018 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. In 2019, he received a second Primetime Emmy nomination.
He portrays Fritz in the 2021 computer-animated streaming television series Monsters at Work, a midquel to the 2001 film Monsters, Inc. Winkler stated on Twitter that a second season is in development.
Winkler continued his work as an author of children's books, maintaining his collaboration with Lin Oliver. Together they produced the Ghost Buddy books (2012-2013), and the Alien Superstar series (2019-present). In addition, Winkler published the memoir/travelogue I've Never Met an Idiot on the River in 2011.
Winkler met his wife Stacey (formerly Weitzman; née Furstman) in 1976 in a clothing store in Los Angeles. They married in New York in 1978, in the Synagogue where he had his Bar mitzvah. They had two children together, Zoe and Max Daniel, a director. Winkler also has a stepson, Jed Weitzman, from Stacey's previous marriage with Howard Weitzman.
Winkler is an avid fly fisherman and often fishes in Montana. On the rewards of this hobby, Winkler said, "The repetition of it, the sound of the water, I find it to be totally draining. Anything that bothers you is completely washed from your body. I see fly-fishing as a washing machine for your brain. My technique is still ugly as sin. But somehow I get the fish. [...] I have never eaten a trout in a restaurant, let alone take it out of the river."
TV Guide ranked Fonzie as number 4 on its 50 Greatest TV Characters of All Time list in 1999, and a 2001 poll conducted by Channel 4 in the UK, ranked the Fonz 13th on their list of the 100 Greatest TV Characters.
"How you learn has nothing to do with how brilliant you are...everyone in this room is powerful...figure out what your power is. We don't know what we can do until we try."
--Henry Winkler, Keynote speaker, 13th Annual Boys and Girls Club Kids & Community Gala (2019)
When asked which books influenced him in childhood, American journalist Anderson Cooper (who is also dyslexic) responded that, "I also loved the Fonz and read a book when I was around 8 called The Fonz: The Henry Winkler Story. I actually keep it in my office at CNN. Henry Winkler was very important to me when I was a child. Meeting him as an adult -- and discovering what a kind and gracious person he is -- was amazing." This sentiment reflects both NPR's (Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!) assessment that for "kids growing up in the 1970s, there was one, absolute model of cool -- not James Dean or Marlon Brando, but The Fonz," as well as National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution curator Eric Jentsch who added the following to the description of Fonzie's leather jacket that Winkler donated in 1980: "Fonzie was a representation of cool at a time when you were learning about what cool was."
In 1981, Winkler received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (for Television), largely due to his portrayal of Fonzie. A few decades later, American artist Gerald P. Sawyer, unveiled the Bronze Fonz (a public artwork) on the Milwaukee Riverwalk in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 18, 2008.
Winkler would eventually be recognized for contributing to a greater understanding of dyslexia and learning disabilities through the Hank Zipzer series. He was given the Key to the City of Winnipeg for "contributions to education and literacy," (2010) was appointed an Honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) "for services to children with special educational needs and dyslexia in the UK" by Queen Elizabeth (2011), was named one of the United Kingdom's Top 10 Literacy Heroes (2013), and was awarded the Bill Rosendahl Public Service Award for Contributions to the Public Good for his children's books (2019).
Behind The Voice Actors Awards
|2015||Best Vocal Ensemble in a New Television Series||All Hail King Julien||King Julien XII||Nominated|||
|2015||Favorite Supporting Actor - Comedy||The Waterboy||Coach Klein||Nominated|||
|1997||Guest Actor in a Dramatic Special or Series||Dead Man's Gun||Leo Sunshine / John Hays||Nominated|||
|2019||Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Barry||Gene Cousineau||Won|||
|2020||Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Barry||Gene Cousineau||Nominated|||
|1985||Outstanding Children's Special||CBS Schoolbreak Special: "All the Kids Do It"||Executive Producer||Won|||
|1985||Outstanding Directing in Children's Programming||CBS Schoolbreak Special: "All the Kids Do It"||Director||Nominated|||
|2003||Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show||Hollywood Squares||Executive Producer||Nominated|||
|2004||Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program||Clifford's Puppy Days||Norville||Nominated|||
|2005||Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program||Clifford's Puppy Days||Norville||Won|||
|1976||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series||Happy Days||Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli||Nominated|||
|1977||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series||Happy Days||Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli||Nominated|||
|1978||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series||Happy Days||Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli||Nominated|||
|1979||Outstanding Informational Program||Who Are the DeBolts? And Where Did They Get Nineteen Kids?||Executive Producer/Host||Nominated|||
|2000||Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series||The Practice||Dr. Henry Olson||Nominated|||
|2000||Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series||Battery Park||Walter Dunleavy||Nominated (withdrawn when it was pointed out later that the episode had aired after the Emmy's May 31 deadline.)|||
|2018||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Barry||Gene Cousineau||Won|||
|2019||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Barry||Gene Cousineau||Nominated|||
|1991||Best TV Drama Series||MacGyver||executive producer||Won|||
|2004||Comedy Guest Actor||Arrested Development||Barry Zuckerkorn||Won|||
|2010||Comedy Guest Actor of the Decade||Arrested Development||Barry Zuckerkorn||Nominated|||
|2018||Comedy Supporting Actor||Barry||Gene Cousineau||Nominated|||
|2019||Comedy Supporting Actor of the Decade||Barry||Gene Cousineau||Nominated|||
|1977||Best Actor - Television Series Musical or Comedy||Happy Days||Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli||Won|||
|1978||Best Actor - Television Series Musical or Comedy||Happy Days||Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli||Won||(tied with Ron Howard, also for Happy Days)|
|1978||Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama||Heroes||Jack Dunne||Nominated|||
|1983||Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy||Night Shift||Chuck Lumley||Nominated|||
|2019||Best Supporting Actor - Series, Miniseries or Television Film||Barry||Gene Cousineau||Nominated|||
|2020||Best Supporting Actor - Series, Miniseries or Television Film||Barry||Gene Cousineau||Nominated|||
|2014||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Arrested Development||Barry Zuckerkorn||Nominated|||
|2019||Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series||Barry (TV series)||Gene Cousineau||Nominated|||
|2019||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Barry (TV series)||Gene Cousineau||Nominated|||
|2020||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Barry (TV series)||Gene Cousineau||Nominated|||
|2007||The "When Bad Teens Go Good" Award||Happy Days||Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli||Won|||
|2007||Break Up That Was So Bad It Was Good||Happy Days||Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli||Nominated (shared with Roz Kelly)|||
|1998||Bronze Wrangler, Fictional Television Drama||Dead Man's Gun||executive producer||Won|||
|Mardi Gras in New Orleans||1977||9th King of the Krewe of Bacchus Parade||Henry Winkler||Won|||
|ShoWest Convention||1978||Male Star of the Year Award||Henry Winkler||Won|||
|National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution||February 13, 1980||Winkler donates one of the "Fonzie" leather jackets to the Smithsonian||NA||Won|||
|American Academy of Achievement||1980||Golden Plate Award||Henry Winkler||Won|||
|Hollywood Walk of Fame||1981||Star on the Walk of Fame for Television||Henry Winkler||Won|||
|Golden Apple Award||1982||Louella Parsons Award||Henry Winkler||Won|||
|Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards||1988||Norma Zarky Humanitarian award||Stacey and Henry Winkler||Won|||
|The Bronze Fonz||August 19, 2008||Unveiling of a life-sized, bronze statue of Fonzie along the Milwaukee Riverwalk||Henry Winkler||Won|||
|Key to the City of Winnipeg||March 29, 2010||For contributions to education and literacy||Henry Winkler||Won|||
|Order of the British Empire||2011||Appointed an Honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) "for services to children with special educational needs and dyslexia in the UK"||Henry Winkler||Won|||
|National Literacy Trust||2013||Named one of the United Kingdom's Top 10 Literacy Heroes||Henry Winkler||Won|||
|Banff World Media Festival||2014||Award of Excellence||Henry Winkler||Won|||
|13th Annual American Spirit Awards||2019||Caucus Legend Award||Henry Winkler||Won|||
|Los Angeles Press Club||2019||The Bill Rosendahl Public Service Award for Contributions to the Public Good (for his children's books)||Henry Winkler||Won|||
|1972||Another World||Intern||Unknown episodes|
|1973||The Mary Tyler Moore Show||Steve Waldman||Episode: "Dinner Party"|
|1974||Nightmare||Auditioning Actor||TV movie; uncredited|
|1974||The Bob Newhart Show||Miles Lascoe||Episode: "Clink Shrink"|
|1974||Rhoda||Howard Gordon||Episode: "You Can Go Home Again"|
|1974||Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers||Himself||Episode: "Getting to First Bass"|
|1974-1984||Happy Days||Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli||Main role; 255 episodes|
|1975||Katherine||Bob Kline||TV movie; also known as The Radical|
|1976-1979||Laverne & Shirley||Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli||4 episodes|
|1977||Who Are the DeBolts? And Where Did They Get Nineteen Kids?||Executive Producer (television version); Host (television version)|
|1977||The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People||Himself/Romeo||Episode: "Henry Winkler Meets William Shakespeare"|
|1978||Mork & Mindy||Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1979||An American Christmas Carol||Benedict Slade||TV movie|
|1980||Sesame Street||Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli||Episode #12.8|
|1980-1982||The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang||Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli (voice)||Animated series; 24 episodes|
|1981||ABC Afterschool Special ("Run, Don't Walk")||Executive Producer|
|1982||Mork & Mindy/Laverne & Shirley/Fonz Hour||Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli (voice)||Animated series; 8 episodes|
|1982||Joanie Loves Chachi||Director||Episode: Best Foot Forward|
|1982||Joanie Loves Chachi||Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli||Episode: "Fonzie's Visit"|
|1983||Starflight: The Plane That Couldn't Land||Executive Producer|
|1983||Ryan's Four||Executive Producer|
|1984||Donald Duck's 50th Birthday||Himself||TV special|
|1984||CBS Schoolbreak Special: "All the Kids Do It"||Executive Producer||also starring Scott Baio|
|1984||CBS Schoolbreak Special: "All the Kids Do It"||Director||also starring Scott Baio|
|1984||Strong Kids, Safe Kids||Himself/Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli||Documentary|
|1985||Scandal Sheet (1985 film)||Executive Producer|
|1986||A Smoky Mountain Christmas||Director|
|1988||ABC Afterschool Special ("A Family Again")||Executive Producer|
|1990||MacGyver||Wilton Newberry||Episode: "Harry's Will"; uncredited|
|1991||Absolute Strangers||Marty Klein||TV movie|
|1992||Happy Days: The Reunion||Himself (host)||TV special|
|1993||The Only Way Out||Tony||TV movie|
|1994||Monty||Monty Richardson||13 episodes|
|1994||One Christmas||Dad||TV movie|
|1995||Dave's World||Director||1 episode|
|1995||New York Daze||Director||1 episode|
|1995||The Larry Sanders Show||Himself||Episode: "Hank's Sex Tape"|
|1995||A Child Is Missing||Steven Moore||TV movie|
|1997||Dad's Week Off||Jack Potter||TV movie|
|1997-1999||Dead Man's Gun (TV series)||Executive Producer; Leo Sunshine / John Hays (Guest)|
|1997||Clueless (TV series)||Director||2 episodes|
|1997||Detention: The Siege at Johnson High||Skip Fine||TV movie|
|1998||South Park||The Scary Monster (voice)||Animated series; Episode: "City on the Edge of Forever"|
|1999-2001||So Weird||Executive Producer|
|1999||The Simpsons||Ramrod (voice)||Animated series; Episode: "Take My Wife, Sleaze"|
|1999-2000||The Practice||Dr. Henry Olson||3 episodes|
|2000||Battery Park||Walter Dunleavy||Episode: "Walter's Rib"|
|2000-2002||Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996 TV series)||Director||Episodes: The Four Faces of Sabrina (2000); The Whole Ball of Wax (2002)|
|2001||Big Apple||Mel Smith||Episode #1.7|
|2001||The Drew Carey Show||Mr. Newsome||Episode: "It's Halloween, Dummy"|
|2002||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Edwin Todd / Edward Crandall||Episode: "Greed"|
|2002||Ozzy & Drix||Sal Monella (voice)||Animated series; Episode: "The Globfather"|
|2002-2004||Hollywood Squares||Executive Producer; Himself/Panelist (5 episodes)|
|2003||Clifford the Big Red Dog||Artie (voice)||Animated series; Episode: "Led Astray/Wedding Bell Blues"|
|2003||Blue's Clues||Bookmark (voice)||Animated/Live-Action series; Episode: "Blue's Predictions"|
|2003||Smart and Sober||Himself||Documentary (Winkler speaks with teenagers about the impact of underage drinking)|
|2003-2005||Clifford's Puppy Days||Norville (voice)||Animated series; 18 episodes|
|2003-2019||Arrested Development||Barry Zuckerkorn||32 episodes (2003-2005; 2013-2019)|
|2004||Beverly Hills S.U.V.||Barry Silverman||TV movie|
|2004||Third Watch||Lester Martin||3 episodes|
|2004||King of the Hill||Himself (voice)||Animated series; Episode: "A Rover Runs Through It"|
|2005||Crossing Jordan||Dr. Jack Slocum||2 episodes|
|2005||Duck Dodgers||Dr. Maniac (voice)||Animated series; 2 episodes|
|2005||Happy Days: 30th Anniversary Reunion||Himself||TV special|
|2005-2006||Out of Practice||Dr. Stewart Barnes||21 episodes|
|2006||The Interviews: An Oral History of Television||Himself||Documentary|
|2007||Odd Job Jack||Devon (voice)||Animated series; Episode: "Jack Ryder's Unofficial High School Reunion"|
|2008-2009||NUMB3RS||Roger Bloom||3 episodes|
|2008||Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh||Judge Newman||TV movie|
|2008||The Most Wonderful Time of the Year||Uncle Ralph||TV movie|
|2009||Sit Down, Shut Up||Willard Deutschebog (voice)||Animated series; 13 episodes|
|2010-2016||Childrens Hospital||Sy Mittleman||54 episodes|
|2010-2013||LEGO Hero Factory||Professor Nathaniel Zib (voice)||Animated series; 8 episodes|
|2010-2016||Royal Pains||Eddie R. Lawson||25 episodes|
|2011||Dan Vs.||Hal (voice)||Animated series; Episode: "Traffic"|
|2011||Batman: The Brave and the Bold||Ambush Bug (voice)||Animated series; Episode: "Mitefall!"|
|2012||Handy Manny||Mr. Diller (voice)||Animated series; Episode: "St. Patrick's Day"|
|2012||Up All Night||Marty Alexander||Episode: "Daddy Daughter Time"|
|2012-2015||Robot Chicken||Nerd's Dad, Jason Bourne, Christmas Tree (voice)||Animated series; 2 episodes|
|2013||Newsreaders||Fred Nunley||Episode: "Pubic Hair Crisis"|
|2013||1600 Penn||Senator Nathan Faxler||Episode: "The Short Happy Life of Reba Cadbury"|
|2013||Mad||Jor-El (voice)||Animated series; Episode: "Mad's 100th Episode Special"|
|2013-2015||Parks and Recreation||Dr. Saperstein||9 episodes|
|2014||Hollywood Game Night||Himself||Episode: "How I Met Your Buzzer"|
|2014-2017||All Hail King Julien||Uncle King Julien (voice)||Animated series; 10 episodes|
|2014-2017||Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero||The Snowman (voice)||Animated series; 2 episodes|
|2014-2016||Hank Zipzer||Mr. Rock||25 episodes|
|2015||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Leonard Rascal||Episode: "Kid Cudi Wears a Denim Shirt and Red Sneakers"|
|2015||BoJack Horseman||Himself (voice)||Animated series; Episode: "Still Broken"|
|2015||Drunk History||Zenas Fisk Wilber||Episode: "Inventors"|
|2015||Bob's Burgers||Mall Santa (voice)||Animated series; Episode: "Nice-Capades"|
|2015||Uncle Grandpa||Nacho Cheese (voice)||Animated series; Episode: "Nacho Cheese"|
|2016-2018||Better Late Than Never||Himself||12 episodes|
|2016||New Girl||Flip||Episode: "What About Fred"|
|2016||SpongeBob SquarePants||Sharkface (voice)||Animated series; Episode: "Sharks vs. Pods/CopyBob DittoPants"|
|2016||Hank Zipzer's Christmas Catastrophe||Mr. Rock||TV movie|
|2017||All Hail King Julien: Exiled||Uncle King Julien (voice)||Animated series; 6 episodes|
|2017-2020||Puppy Dog Pals||Santa Claus (voice)||Animated series; 5 episodes|
|2018-present||Barry||Gene Cousineau||Main cast|
|2019||Welcome to the Wayne||Bob Wasserman (voice)||Animated series; Episode: "Welcome to the Wassermans"|
|2019||Guardians of the Galaxy||Grandpa Quill (voice)||Animated series; Episode: "Just One Victory"|
|2019||American Dad!||Child Protection Services Agent (voice)||Animated series; Episode: "Mom Sauce"|
|2019-2021||Vampirina||Uncle Dieter (voice)||Animated series; 2 episodes|
|2020||Medical Police||Sy Mittleman||2 episodes|
|2020||Archibald's Next Big Thing||Herman Sherman (voice)||Animated series; Episode: "House of the Future/Dr. Buttersocks"|
|2020||Bubble Guppies||Snow Yeti (voice)||Animated series; Episode: "Snow Squad To The Rescue!"|
|2021||DuckTales||Bailiff (voice)||Animated series; Episode: "The Life and Crimes of Scrooge McDuck!"|
|2021||Monsters at Work||Fritz (voice)||Animated series; Main cast|
|2021||Central Park||Hank Zevansky (voice)||Animated series; Episode: "The Shadow"|
|1974||The Lords of Flatbush||Butchey Weinstein|
|1978||The One and Only||Andy Schmidt|
|1982||Night Shift||Chuck Lumley|
|1985||Young Sherlock Holmes||Executive Producer|
|1985||Molly and the Skywalkerz: Happily Ever After||Carl Conway (voice)||Animated film|
|1985||The Sure Thing||Executive Producer|
|1988||Memories of Me||Director|
|1989||Asterix and the Big Fight||Asterix (voice)||Animated film|
|1989||Molly and the Skywalkerz: Two Daddies?||Carl Conway (voice)||Animated film|
|1993||Cop and a Half||Director|
|1996||Scream||Principal Arthur Himbry||Uncredited|
|1998||Ground Control||John Quinn|
|1998||The Waterboy||Coach Klein|
|1999||Dill Scallion||Larry Steinberg|
|2000||Down to You||Chef Ray|
|2001||I Shaved My Legs for This||Bartender|
|2003||Holes||Stanley Yelnats III|
|2005||The Kid & I||Johnny Bernstein|
|2007||I Could Never Be Your Woman||Himself||Uncredited|
|2007||A Plumm Summer||Happy Herb|
|2008||You Don't Mess with the Zohan||Limousine Passenger||Uncredited|
|2008||The Most Wonderful Time of the Year||Uncle Ralph|
|2011||Running Mates||Bob Weatherbee|
|2011||Adventures of Serial Buddies||Narrator|
|2012||Here Comes the Boom||Marty Streb|
|2015||Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant||Stanley Warner|
|2016||Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie||Ed Koch|
|2017||All I Want for Christmas Is You||Grandpa Bill (voice)||Animated film|
|2020||Scoob!||Keith (voice)||Animated film|
|2020||Pink Skies Ahead||Dr. Cotton|
|2021||On the Count of Three||Dr. Brenner|
|2021||The French Dispatch||Uncle Joe|
|2021||Extinct||Jepson (voice)||Animated film|
|2021||More Than Miyagi: The Pat Morita Story||Himself||Documentary|
|TBA||Shoot the Rooster||Post-production|
|2022||King Cake: The Joie de Vivre||Himself||Post-production; Documentary|