HENRY WINKLER's (Coach Klein) meteoric rise to stardom
is part of television history. His portrayal of Arthur "Fonzie"
Fonzarelli on "Happy Days" created an American folk
hero whose popularity spread around the world. On February 13,
1980, in a special ceremony at the nation's capital, Winkler presented
Fonzie's leather jacket to the Smithsonian Institute to be placed
on exhibition along with other treasures of America's past.
Winkler graduated from Emerson College in Boston, where he majored
in drama and studied child psychology, and earned a master of
fine arts degree from the Yale School of Drama. With the Yale
Repertory Company, he appeared in East Hampton, Long Island, in
a summer of story theater, and he received critical acclaim as
the original Grosbard in Philip Roth's "Defender of the Faith."
In 1978, Emerson College presented him with a doctorate of humane
Upon returning to New York, where he had been born, Winkler worked
in radio and did 30 television commercials before starring in
"The Great American Dream Machine" and "Masquerade"
on National Education Television.
Winkler made his motion picture debut in "The Lords of Flatbush,"
followed by his first starring role on Broadway in "42 Seconds
from Broadway." He then starred at the Cincinnati's Playhouse
in the Park in Arthur Miller's "Incident at Vichy."
After signing to do his second feature film, "Crazy Joe,"
he moved to California in September 1973. His network television
credits include "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "The
Bob Newhart Show," "The Paul Sands Show," and "Rhoda."
On March 24, 1981, Winkler became the 1,727th star to be enshrined
in the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His star is located directly in
front of the forecourt of Hollywood's famed Pantages Theater.
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