HERE COMES THE BOOM
HENRY WINKLER's (Marty Streb) portrayal of Arthur Fonzarelli, or Fonzie, in the
TV series "Happy Days" made him one of the most recognized actors in the world
and an international star... a status he still maintains to this day. During his
10 years on "Happy Days," Winkler won two Golden Globe Awards and was nominated
three times for an Emmy Award. He was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk
of Fame and the leather jacket the character wore has hung in The Smithsonian
since 1980. Fonzie's lunch box was recently added to the exhibit. Last year, her
Majesty Queen Elizabeth II awarded Henry with an Honorary Officer of the Most
Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in recognition of the impact his
children's novel have on students with learning challenges.
In June 2010, Winkler joined the cast of the USA Network series "Royal Pains" as
Eddie R. Lawson, the charming but long absent con-artist father of the show's
two stars, played by Mark Feuerstein and Paulo Constanzo. He also joined the
ensemble cast of Cartoon Network's first live-action comedy, "Children's
Hospital," playing the hospital administrator, Sy Mittleman. Children's Hospital
just won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Short Format Live Action
On November 16, Winkler makes his return to the Broadway stage in "The
Performers." He will portray Chuck Wood, a legend in the porn industry. The play
will open at the Longacre Theatre. His co-stars are Cheyenne Jackson and Alicia
Winkler's many motion picture credits include The Lords of Flatbush, Heroes, The
One and Only, Night Shift, Holes, I Could Never Be Your Woman, Down to You,
Heroes, The Waterboy, Click, Little Nicky and You Don't Mess with the Zohan.
Also an author, Winkler has written a series of 17 children's novels with his
partner, Lin Oliver, entitled Hank Zipzer: The World's Greatest Under-Achiever.
The series has appeared on several Best Seller lists, including the New York
Times, and has sold more than 3 million copies. Last year Winkler wrote, I Never
Met an Idiot on the River, is book of photos and lessons Winkler learned while
fly fishing in Montana. Earlier this year, Henry and Lin Oliver's new children's
comedy book series called Ghost Buddy, was published by Scholastic. To date,
four have been released.
Behind the scenes, Winkler has also made his mark as a producer and director. To
date, he has produced over 20 TV series and specials including "MacGyver" (seven
seasons), "So Weird," "Mr. Sunshine," "Sightings" (seven seasons), "A Family
Again," "All Kids Do It," "Ryan's Four," "Scandal Sheet" (with Burt Lancaster),
and the ABC documentary "Who Are the DeBolts and Where Did They Get 19 Kids?"
which won the prestigious Humanitas Prize. Winkler has also produced countless
worthwhile projects for a young audience, including "Happily Ever After" for PBS
and its sequel, "Two Daddies to Love Me. " Other specials include "Run, Don't
Walk" and "All the Kids Do It," about teenage drunk driving, which he also
He also directed several movies, including Memories of Me, starring Billy
Crystal and the late Alan King, and Cop and a Half, starring Burt Reynolds.
On television, Winkler's guest role in the ABC series, "The Practice," earned
him an Emmy Award nomination. In 2003, he was cast as Barry Zuckercorn, the
family lawyer, on the critically acclaimed Fox sitcom, "Arrested Development."
The character was so well received that it became a recurring role. Currently,
Winkler is reprising his role in "Arrested Development's" season four, which
will premiere on Netflix next Spring. Other credits include a starring role in
the CBS sitcom, "Out of Practice," guest-starring roles on series such as
"Numb3rs" (5 episodes), "Third Watch" (3 episodes), "Law and Order SVU," the
Hallmark Channel holiday movie, "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" and "Up
All Night." He also lent his voice to such shows as " South Park ," "King of the
Hill," "Family Guy," "The Simpsons" and "Clifford: The Puppy Years" for which he
received an Emmy Award.
Winkler is also active in many charities, including serving as Honorary Chairman
of United Friends of the Children; Founding Member of the Children's Action
Network; co-host of the annual Cerebral Palsy Telethon; the first National
Honorary Chairman of the Epilepsy Foundation of America; National Chairman of
the annual Toys for Tots campaign; the National Committee for Arts for the
Handicapped; the Special Olympics and the Los Angeles Music Center's Very
Special Arts Festival for children who are physically challenged and numerous
teenage alcohol and drug abuse programs. He has been recognized for his
humanitarian work by a variety of prestigious organizations, including AARP, the
World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, B'nai B'rith, the United
Nations (Peace Prize), and Women in Film (the Norma Zarky Humanitarian Award,
presented to Winkler and his wife, Stacey, for their tireless efforts and
devotion to the "improvement of the human condition"). Winkler also received the
Chevallier de l'Ordre des Artes et Lettres, the French Government's highest
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