Henry Winkler

Henry Franklin Winkler OBE (born October 30, 1945) is an American actor, comedian, director, producer, and author.[1] He played the role of greaser Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli, the breakout character of the 1970s American sitcom Happy Days.[2] He also starred as Sy Mittleman on Adult Swim's Childrens Hospital,[3] and as Eddie R. Lawson on USA Networks's Royal Pains. Winkler also had notable guest-starring roles on Arrested Development as Barry Zuckerkorn and Dr. Saperstein on Parks and Recreation.[4] In 2018, he began appearing as Gene Cousineau on the HBO tragicomedy Barry.

Henry Winkler
Winkler in 2013
Henry Franklin Winkler

(1945-10-30) October 30, 1945
EducationEmerson College (BA)
Yale University (MFA)
OccupationActor, director, comedian, producer, author
Years active1972–present
Stacey Weitzman
(m. 1978)
Children2, including Max
RelativesRichard Belzer (cousin)

For his role on Happy Days, Winkler won two Golden Globe Awards and earned three Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. For Barry, Winkler won his first Primetime Emmy Award in the category Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. He also was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his role on The Practice and has won two Daytime Emmy Awards. He also earned a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for playing 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). Winkler also appeared in films like The Lords of Flatbush (1974), The One and Only (1978 film) (1978), Scream (1996), The Waterboy (1998), Holes (2003), Click (2006), and Here Comes the Boom (2012). He directed the films Memories of Me (1988) and Cop and a Half (1993).

Early life

Henry Franklin Winkler was born on October 30, 1945 in the West Side of Manhattan,[5][6] the son of homemaker Ilse Anna Marie (née Hadra; 1913–2002) and lumber import-export[7] company president Harry Irving Winkler (1903–1995). His parents were German Jews who emigrated from Berlin to the U.S. in 1939 on the eve of World War II. Winkler said that his parents came to the U.S. for a six-week business trip, but knew they were never going back.[5] His father smuggled the only assets the family had left (family jewels disguised as a box of chocolates that he carried under his arm).[8] Although they did not keep kosher, Winkler was raised in the traditions of Conservative Judaism,[9][10] but said that he was not religious as an adult. The family attended Congregation Habonim, where his mother ran the Judaica shop. His parents were founding members of the temple.[5] Winkler has a sister named Beatrice.[8]

Winkler has said that he was very anxious as a child because of his undiagnosed dyslexia, and that he was considered to be "slow, stupid, not living up to my potential". He also said that his relationship with his parents was strained, due at least partially to their attitude towards his undiagnosed dyslexia.[11] As his father spoke 11 languages and could do math in his head, he did not understand Winkler's problems at school, and why Winkler would celebrate a C grade. His father often said to him in German "Du bist ein dummer Hund", which means "you are a dumb dog" and often punished him for his difficulties in school.[5] Winkler attended P.S. 87 on W. 78th Street which remains in operation today, and then graduated in 1963 from McBurney School, which was located in Manhattan's Upper West Side neighborhood.[12]

Winkler said he did not graduate with his class because of his learning disability and problems with a geometry class, which he finally passed after attending summer school.[1] In 1967, Winkler received his BA from Emerson College.[7] At Emerson, he was a member of the Alpha Pi Theta Fraternity. In 1970, Winkler earned an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. In 1972, Winkler returned to New York City, auditioned for, and was cast in, 42 Seconds from Broadway.[13][7] In 1978, Emerson awarded Winkler an honorary DHL. He has also received an honorary DHL from Austin College. During his high school and college years, he studied in Lausanne, Switzerland, and worked in a lumber mill in a small German town.[14][15]



Winkler said he had wanted to be an actor from the time he was a young child.[5]

Winkler's first job on television was as an extra on a game show in New York. He received $10 for the role.[5]

After working in theater and getting fired from a play in Washington, Winkler returned to New York City and supported himself by appearing in television commercials, one year doing more than 30. He was able to support himself with the commercial work so he could do theater for free at Manhattan Theater Club.[5]

He also appeared in 1973 in season four of The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the episode "The Dinner Party" as Rhoda's date, Steve Waldman, and in episodes of The Bob Newhart Show and Rhoda.

Happy Days

Although Winkler had already shot the film The Lords of Flatbush, he was relatively unknown. In 1973, a year before that film was released, producer Tom Miller was instrumental in Winkler getting cast for the role of Arthur Herbert Fonzarelli, nicknamed "The Fonz" or "Fonzie", in Happy Days, which first aired in January 1974.[16]

For Happy Days, director/producer Garry Marshall originally had in mind a completely opposite physical presence. Marshall sought to cast a hunky, blonde, Italian model-type male in the role of Fonzie, intended as a stupid foil to the real star, Ron Howard, and originally envisioned Micky Dolenz for the role.[17] However, when Winkler interpreted the role in auditions, Marshall (realizing that the 5'6" Winkler could more easily interact with the other characters at eye level than the 6'0" Dolenz) immediately snapped him up. According to Winkler, "The Fonz was everybody I wasn't. He was everybody I wanted to be."[18]

Winkler's character, though remaining very much a rough-hewn outsider, gradually became the focus of the show as time passed (in particular after the departure of Ron Howard).[19] Initially, ABC executives did not want to see the Fonz wearing leather, thinking the character would appear to be a criminal. The first 13 episodes show Winkler wearing two different kinds of windbreaker jackets, one of which was green. As Winkler said in a TV Land interview: "It's hard to look cool in a green windbreaker". 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. Happy Days ended its run in 1984.

1960s and 1970s

From 1968 to 1972, 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).[[20] During his decade on Happy Days, Winkler also starred in a number of movies, including The Lords of Flatbush (1974), playing a troubled Vietnam veteran in Heroes (1977), The One and Only (1978), and An American Christmas Carol (TV movie, 1979). Winkler was also narrator and executive producer of Who Are the DeBolts? And Where Did They Get Nineteen Kids?, a documentary film about Dorothy and Bob DeBolt, an American couple who adopted 14 children, some of whom are severely disabled war orphans (in addition to raising Dorothy's five biological children and Bob's biological daughter). The film won an Academy Award for Best Feature-length Documentary in 1978,[21] as well as the Directors Guild of America Award and the Humanitas Award for producer and director John Korty in 1979. A 50-minute version of the film shown on ABC in December 1978, earned a 1979 Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement - Informational Program and an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Informational Program for Winkler, Korty, and producers Warren Lockhart and Dan McCann.

Winkler was also one of the hosts of the 1979 Music for UNICEF Concert.[22]


After Happy Days ended, Winkler concentrated on producing and directing. Within months of the program's cancellation, he and John Rich had collaborated to establish Winkler-Rich Productions; 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 produced several television shows, including MacGyver, So Weird, and Mr. Sunshine, with Rich; Sightings, in which Daniels was involved; the 1985 made-for-television film Scandal Sheet, for which he was executive producer; and the game shows Wintuition and Hollywood Squares (the latter from 2002–2004, occasionally serving as a sub-announcer).

Winkler appeared in Night Shift, a 1982 American comedy film directed by Ron Howard.

He also directed several movies including the Billy Crystal movie Memories of Me (1988) and Cop and a Half (1993) with Burt Reynolds.


As the 1990s began, Winkler returned to acting. In 1991, he starred in the controversial made-for-television film Absolute Strangers, as a husband forced to make a decision regarding his comatose wife and his unborn baby. In 1994, he returned to TV with the short-lived comedy series Monty on Fox and co-starred with Katharine Hepburn in the holiday TV movie One Christmas.[23]

In 1996, his scene-stealing, uncredited role in Scream (as foul-mouthed high school principal Arthur Himbry) thrust his onscreen career back into the mainstream. Shortly afterwards, Adam Sandler asked Winkler to appear in The Waterboy (1998).

In 1999, he became an executive producer for the Disney Channel original series So Weird. He would later make a special guest appearance in the second season's Halloween episode titled "Boo".


The Waterboy sparked a fast friendship, and ongoing professional relationship, between Sandler and Winkler. Winkler would go on to appear in at least three other Sandler films: Little Nicky (2000, where he plays himself, covered in bees), Click (2006, as the protagonist's father), and You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008, again playing himself). He also had small roles in movies such as Down to You (2000), Holes (2003), and I Could Never Be Your Woman (2007).

Winkler had a recurring role as incompetent lawyer Barry Zuckerkorn in the Fox Television comedy Arrested Development. In one episode, his character hopped over a dead shark lying on a pier,[24] a reference to his role in the origin of the phrase, from a two-part episode of Happy Days, "jumping the shark". After that episode, Winkler, in interviews, stated that he was the only person to have "jumped the shark" twice.

When Winkler moved to CBS for one season to star in 2005–06's Out of Practice, his role as the Bluth family lawyer on Arrested Development was taken over by Happy Days co-star Scott Baio in the fall of 2005, shortly before the acclaimed but Nielsen-challenged show ceased production.

Winkler has guest-starred on television series such as Numb3rs, The Bob Newhart Show (as Miles Lascoe, a parolee just out of jail—he was in jail for armed robbery, twice), South Park, The Practice, The Drew Carey Show, The Simpsons (playing a member of a biker gang—in one scene, he calls Marge "Mrs. S", a reference to Fonzie calling Happy Days matriarch Marion Cunningham "Mrs. C"), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Third Watch, Arrested Development, Crossing Jordan, Family Guy, King of the Hill, Blue's Clues, and Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil.

The Weezer video for 1994's "Buddy Holly" edited period footage of Henry Winkler as the Fonz, as well as a double shot from behind to create the illusion that Fonzie and other characters were watching Weezer as they performed in Arnold's restaurant. He appeared on KTTV's Good Day L.A. and in one appearance, while substituting for Steve Edwards, Winkler reunited with fellow Happy Days cast member Marion Ross. Winkler made a cameo appearance in the band Say Anything's video for "Wow, I Can Get Sexual Too".[25][26]

A close friend of actor John Ritter, the two led a Broadway ensemble cast in Neil Simon's The Dinner Party in 2000. Winkler was reunited as a guest star on Ritter's sitcom 8 Simple Rules (for Dating my Teenage Daughter) in 2003 by Ritter's request. On September 11, Ritter became ill during filming, and unexpectedly died. A stunned, grief-stricken Winkler was interviewed by Mary Hart of Entertainment Tonight and various other entertainment news sources.

In 2008, he appeared in two Christmas movies, in the Hallmark Channel movie The Most Wonderful Time of the Year as a retired cop who plays matchmaker between his niece and a drifter he befriends, and in Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh as the judge who orders Drake and Josh to give a young girl "the best Christmas ever" or be sent to jail. In 2009, Winkler provided the voice of Willard Deutschebog, a suicidal German teacher, in the Fox comedy series, Sit Down, Shut Up.[27]


In March 2010, Winkler was cast in a recurring role on USA Network's Royal Pains, as Hank and Evan's ne'er-do-well father Eddy. Winkler joined the cast of Adult Swim's television adaptation of Rob Corddry's web series Childrens Hospital, playing a stereotypically feckless hospital administrator. In late September 2010, Winkler provided the voice of Professor Nathaniel Zib in the Lego Hero Factory mini-series, Rise of the Rookies.

In 2011, Winkler guest starred as Ambush Bug in the series finale of Batman: The Brave and the Bold.

In August 2012, Winkler announced on Twitter that he would be returning to the fourth season of Arrested Development.[28] Winkler appeared in the film Here Comes the Boom, released October 12, 2012, as the music teacher at Wilkinson High School.

Between 2013 and 2015, Winkler appeared in 9 episodes of Parks and Recreation as Dr. Saperstein, father of Jean-Ralphio and Mona-Lisa.

He starred in the British television adaption of his Hank Zipzer book series as the teacher, Mr. Rock. Mr. Rock was based on a music teacher Winkler had 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. The show aired from 2014 through 2016 on the CBBC Channel in the United Kingdom.[29]

Winkler is a spokesman for reverse mortgages through Quicken Loans.

Since 2018, Winkler has appeared in the role of acting coach Gene Cousineau in the Bill Hader-helmed HBO comedy Barry,[30] for which he received the 2018 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.[31]

Better Late Than Never

Winkler was executive producer of the NBC series Better Late Than Never, which aired from 2016 to 2018. The travel-reality show starred, in the opening's words, “four living legends: TV Superstar Henry Winkler, Cultural Icon William Shatner, NFL Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw, Former Heavyweight Champion George Foreman— and Jeff Dye as the sidekick.” In 2016, they traveled to Asia; in 2017, they visited Europe. 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.[32][33]

"So, the story was that my father was able to get a six-week work visa to come to New York City, but Uncle Helmut[34] was having a white dinner jacket made and it was going to be ready the next day. So, instead of going with my dad and my mom and leaving Berlin, he stayed an extra day, and that night was taken by the Nazis."
     Henry Winkler, Better Late Than Never season 2, episode 4[35]

The stolperstein states that Helmut Winkler flew to Holland in 1940 but was interned at Westerbork and deported from there to Auschwitz in 1942. He died there December 31, 1942.

The discovery was a complete surprise to Winkler. Jeff Dye had enlisted Winkler's three children in a loving conspiracy, and they knew every step in his journey around Berlin. A letter from them was waiting for him, tucked into the building's number plate. In the deeply moving letter (which is too long to quote here), they drew together the threads of all the experiences created for the episode. “Even though the Winkler history in Berlin is heartbreaking, we thought it was important for you to connect with the past through this hopefully fun adventure, and connect you did....”[36]


Winkler's audition for the Yale School of Drama was to be a Shakespeare monologue, which he promptly forgot, so he made up his own Shakespeare monologue. Out of a class of 25 actors, 11 finished. During summers, he and his classmates opened a summer stock theater called New Haven Free Theater, putting on various plays including Woyzeck, and an improv night. The company put on a production of The American Pig at the Joseph Papp Public Theater for the New York Shakespeare Festival in New York City. In June 1970, after graduating from Yale, Winkler was asked to be part of the Yale Repertory Theatre company, which included James Naughton and Jill Eikenberry.[5]

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.[5]

In 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.[5]

In 1977, Winkler appeared in a TV special, "Henry Winkler Meets William Shakespeare," part of the CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People instructional series for children. With the assistance of Tom Aldredge as Shakespeare, Winkler, as himself, introduced an audience of children to Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, and Henry IV and explained to them how Shakespeare's plays were produced at the Globe Theatre in London in the 17th century. He also played Romeo in the scene from Romeo and Juliet in which Romeo slays Tybalt in a sword duel.[37][38]


Winkler appeared in his first pantomime at the New Wimbledon Theatre, London in 2006, playing Captain Hook in Peter Pan, replacing David Hasselhoff who pulled out when he was offered a TV role by Simon Cowell. He reprised the role in Woking for Christmas 2007. For the 2008/2009 season, he played Captain Hook at the Milton Keynes Theatre and donned the hook once again for the 2009/2010 panto season at the Liverpool Empire.[39]

In December 2013, Winkler reprised his role of Captain Hook in Peter Pan at the Richmond Theatre in South West London.

In the 2013 Broadway season, Winkler, Cheyenne Jackson, Alicia Silverstone, and Ari Graynor were announced to star in the David West Read play The Performers opening November 14, 2012, at The Longacre Theatre.[40]


In 1998, Winkler's agent at CAA, Alan Berger, suggested Winkler write a children's book about dyslexia, but Winkler didn't think that he would be able to write because of his struggles with the learning disability. Berger was persistent, and a few years later, in 2003, he again suggested Winkler write. Winkler said yes. Berger suggested he co-write with author Lin Oliver.[8] Winkler has since written 19 books.[4]

Hank Zipzer books

Since 2003, Winkler has collaborated with Lin Oliver on a series of children's books about a 4th grade boy, Hank Zipzer, who is dyslexic. Winkler also has the learning disability, which was not diagnosed until he was 31. His stepson, Jed, was in the third grade and was tested.[41] Dyslexia was an unhappy[42] part of his childhood. Winkler has published 17 books about his hero Zipzer, the "world's greatest underachiever".[43]

In July 2008, Winkler joined First News on their annual Reading Tour of schools where he read excerpts from his Hank Zipzer books. This has since become an annual tour.[44]

In 2011, he donated books to Holy Rosary School in Duryea, Pennsylvania. The school was flooded out by Tropical Storm Lee.

Winkler's book, I've Never Met an Idiot on the River, was published on May 31, 2011. It is a collection of his photographs and reflections drawn from his love of fly fishing and life with his family.

Other activities

  • October 2008: Winkler appeared in a video on funnyordie.com with Ron Howard, reprising their roles as Fonzie and Richie Cunningham, encouraging people to vote for Barack Obama. The video titled "Ron Howard's Call to Action" also featured Andy Griffith.[3][45]
  • June 19, 2010: Winkler appeared on James Corden's ITV World Cup Live show. He represented the US in the World Cup Wall Chart.
  • 2013: Winkler appeared in MGMT's music video for "Your Life is a Lie," and made a special appearance with the band at FYF Fest 2013 where he played an oversized cowbell.

Honors and awards

Golden Globe Awards
Daytime Emmy Award
Primetime Emmy Awards

Critic's Choice Television Award

Order of the British Empire

In September 2011, Winkler 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".[52][53]

National Literacy Trust

On December 3, 2013, Winkler was named by the National Literacy Trust as one of the United Kingdom's top 10 Literacy Heroes.[54]



Year Title Role Notes
1974 Crazy Joe Mannie
1974 The Lords of Flatbush Butchey Weinstein
1977 Heroes Jack Dunne
1978 The One and Only Andy Schmidt
1982 Night Shift Chuck Lumley
1989 Asterix and the Big Fight Asterix (voice) English version
1996 Scream Principal Arthur Himbry Uncredited
1998 Ground Control John Quinn
1998 The Waterboy Coach Klein
1999 P.U.N.K.S. Edward Crow
1999 Dill Scallion Larry Steinberg
2000 Down to You Chef Ray
2000 Little Nicky Himself
2001 I Shaved My Legs for This Bartender
2003 Holes Stanley Yelnats III
2004 Fronterz Unknown
2005 Berkeley Sy
2005 The Kid & I Johnny Bernstein
2006 Unbeatable Harold Fullerton
2006 Click Ted Newman
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
2010 Group Sex Burton Video
2011 Running Mates Bob Weatherbee
2011 Adventures of Serial Buddies Narrator
2011 Beatles Stories Himself Documentary
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 Sandy Wexler Testimonial
2017 All I Want for Christmas Is You Grandpa Bill (voice) Video
TBA The French Dispatch Post-production
TBA On the Count of Three Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
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 Unknown 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
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) 24 episodes
1982 Mork & Mindy/Laverne & Shirley/Fonz Hour Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli (voice) 8 episodes
1982 Joanie Loves Chachi Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli Episode: "Fonzie's Visit"
1984 Donald Duck's 50th Birthday Himself TV special
1985 A Girl Named Alida Carl Conway (voice) TV movie
1989 Alida's Problem? Carl Conway (voice) TV movie
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 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 Detention: The Siege at Johnson High Skip Fine TV movie
1997–1998 Dead Man's Gun Various 2 episodes
1998 South Park The Scary Monster (voice) Episode: "City on the Edge of Forever"
1999 So Weird Fergus McGarrity Episode: "Boo"
1999 The Simpsons Ramrod (voice) Episode: "Take My Wife, Sleaze"
1999–2000 The Practice Dr. Henry Olson 3 episodes
2000 Battery Park Walter Dunleavy Episode: "Walter's Rib"
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) Episode: "The Globfather"
2003 Smart and Sober Himself - Host TV movie
2003 Clifford the Big Red Dog Artie (voice) Episode: "Led Astray/Wedding Bell Blues"
2003 Blue's Clues Bookmark (voice) Episode: "Blue's Predictions"
2003–2005 Clifford's Puppy Days Norville the Bird (voice) 18 episodes
2003–2019 Arrested Development Barry Zuckerkorn 32 episodes
2004 Beverly Hills S.U.V. Barry Silverman TV movie
2004 Third Watch Lester Martin 3 episodes
2004 King of the Hill Himself (voice) Episode: "A Rover Runs Through It"
2005 Crossing Jordan Dr. Jack Slocum 2 episodes
2005 Duck Dodgers Dr. Maniac (voice) 2 episodes
2005 Happy Days: 30th Anniversary Reunion Himself TV special
2005–2006 Out of Practice Dr. Stewart Barnes 21 episodes
2007 Odd Job Jack Devon (voice) 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) 13 episodes
2010–2016 Childrens Hospital Sy Mittleman 54 episodes
2010–2013 LEGO Hero Factory Professor Nathaniel Zib (voice) 8 episodes
2010–2016 Royal Pains Eddie R. Lawson 25 episodes
2011 Dan Vs. Hal (voice) Episode: "Traffic"
2011 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Ambush Bug (voice) Episode: "Mitefall!"
2012 Handy Manny Mr. Diller (voice) 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) 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) 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) 10 episodes
2014–2017 Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero The Snowman (voice) 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) Episode: "Still Broken"
2015 Drunk History Zenas Fisk Wilber Episode: "Inventors"
2015 Bob's Burgers Mall Santa (voice) Episode: "Nice-Capades"
2015 Uncle Grandpa Nacho Cheese (voice) 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) Episode: "Sharks vs. Pods/CopyBob DittoPants"
2016 Hank Zipzer's Christmas Catastrophe Mr. Rock[55] TV movie
2017 All Hail King Julien: Exiled Uncle King Julien (voice) 6 episodes
2017–2018 Puppy Dog Pals Santa Claus (voice) 2 episodes
2018–present Barry Gene Cousineau Main cast
2019 Welcome to the Wayne Bob Wasserman (voice) Episode: "Welcome to the Wassermans"
2019 Guardians of the Galaxy Grandpa Quill (voice) Episode: Just One Victory
2020 Monsters at Work Fritz (voice) Main cast

Other work



  • MacGyver (TV series) (1985–1992, 2016–present, executive producer)
  • Sightings (TV series) (1991–1998, executive producer - Winkler/Daniel Productions)
  • Dead Man's Gun (TV series) (1997–1999, executive producer)

Personal life

Winkler has been married to his wife Stacey (formerly Weitzman; née Furstman)[56] since May 5, 1978. With her, he has two children, Zoe Emily (b. 1980), a pre-school teacher,[57][58] and Max Daniel (b. August 18, 1983), a director. Winkler also has a stepson, Jed Weitzman, from Stacey's previous marriage with Howard Weitzman.

Winkler is a cousin of actor Richard Belzer.[59] Winkler is the godfather of Bryce Dallas Howard, daughter of Happy Days co-star Ron Howard. Winkler was the 9th King of the Bacchus Parade at the Mardi Gras in New Orleans in 1977;[60] the theme was "Happily Ever After".

Winkler said he was named after his Uncle Helmut, who did not make it out of Germany during World War II.[5] His middle name, Franklin, was in honor of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.[5]

He 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.[4]

He has also said, "I have never eaten a trout in a restaurant let alone take it out of the river."

Works and publications

In addition to the Hank Zipzer series, which has 17 books, Winkler has written another series with Lin Oliver called Here's Hank, a prequel to the Zipzer stories.[12]

  • Winkler, Henry. The Other Side of Henry Winkler: My Story. New York: Warner Books, 1976. ISBN 978-0-446-87340-6 OCLC 3120426
  • Winkler, Henry. I've Never Met an Idiot on the River: Reflections on Family, Photography and Fly-Fishing. San Rafael, Calif: Insight Editions, 2011. ISBN 978-1-608-87020-2 OCLC 670481642


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