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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 letters.

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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