Henry Winkler

Henry Winkler knows a thing or two about Hollywood, having spent nearly three decades enjoying success in the business. Winkler’s portrayal of “The Fonz” for 10 seasons on Happy Days made him one of the most recognized actors in the world. He won two consecutive Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor in a Comedy Series, and three Emmy nominations in the same category. He was also honored with a “star” on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2003, he began writing a series of children’s novels entitled, “Hank Zipzer: The World’s Most Amazing Under-Achiever.” The books are inspired by Winkler’s struggle throughout his education due to his learning challenges and have appeared on Best Seller lists including The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times, among others.

Winkler has been busy producing and acting while continuing work on the Hank Zipzer series. He was Executive Producer for Hollywood Squares,MacGyver, Dead Man’s Gun, Sightings, and the Disney series So Weird, which was named one of the Top 10 New Children’s Programs by TV Guide two years in a row. Under JMZ Productions (named after his children) Winkler created numerous projects geared for a young audience, including Happily Ever After, Two Daddies to Love Me, Run, Don’t Walk; and All the Kids Do It, the latter directed by Winkler and which won the daytime Emmy for Best Children’s Program that year.

Winkler’s film and television credits include: The Water Boy, Scream, Down To You, Nightshift, Holes, Arrested Development; Third Watch, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and The Practice, for which he received an Emmy nomination for outstanding actor. His is also the voice of Norville the Bird on the Award Winning animated children’s series Clifford: The Puppy Years. In 2001, Winkler starred on Broadway in Neil Simon’s The Dinner Party, marking his return to the Broadway stage after an absence of 30 years and winning the cast the Outer Critics Circle Special Achievement Award for Best Ensemble.

As Winkler became increasingly visible, he found that he could use his position to help others, particularly children. The list of groups with which he is associated includes honorary chairman of United Friends of the Children; founding member of the Children’s Action Network; co-host of the annual Cerebral Palsy Telethon; 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.

Henry Winkler’s personal commitment to helping others has been recognized by prestigious organizations including B’nai B’rith (“Champion of Youth,”) United Nations (“Peace Prize,”) and the French Government (“Chevallier de l’Ordre des Artes et Lettres.”) Winkler and his wife, Stacey, have been presented with Women in Film’s Norma Zarky Humanitarian Award for their tireless efforts and devotion to the “improvement of the human condition,” as well as the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s Helping Hand Award.

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  • A Conversation with Henry Winkler

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