Henry Winkler Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 03 Mar, 2019
Facts of Henry Winkler
Date of Birth: 1945 , October-30
Age: 74 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 5 Feet 6 Inch
Name Henry Winkler
Birth Name Henry Franklin Winkler
Father Harry Irving Winkler
Mother Ilse Anna Maria Winkler
Nationality Ameriacn
Birth Place/City Manhattan, New York City
Ethnicity White
Profession Actor
Net Worth $ 35 Million
Eye Color Green
Hair Color Balad
Face Color Fair
Weight in KG N/A
Famous for Happy Days
Married Yes
Married to Stacey Weitzman (m. 1978)
Children Max Winkler, Zoe Emily Winkler
Education McBurney Schoo, Emerson College, Austin College, Yale School of Drama
Awards Golden Globe Award for Best Actor
Movies The Waterboy, All I Want for Christmas Is You
TV Show Happy Days, Another World
Sisters Beatrice Winkler
Siblings Beatrice Winkler
Books Bookmarks Are People Too! #1, Niagara Falls, or Does It?
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One of the versatile actors of Hollywood, Henry Winkler is involved in several professions like writing, directing and producing. Despite his reading disorder, Winkler wrote almost 19 books. His breakthrough came in 1974 in the series, Happy Days. His performance in the series helped him to win several awards. Active in the industry for 4 decades, he has earned millions of net worth and receives several honors and awards as well. Regarding his personal life, Winkler is married to Stacey Winkler with whom he shares two children.

Early Life, Bio, And Education Of Henry Winkler

Henry Winkler was born Henry Franklin Winkler on October 30, 1945, in Manhattan, New York City, New York, US. Winkler is American by nationality and belongs to Caucasian ethnicity. 

Winkler is the son of mother Ilse Anna Marie Winkler (1993-2002) and father Harry Irving Winkler (1903-1995). His parents moved from Berlin, Germany to the United States in 1939 on the eve of Second World War. His mother was a homemaker and his father was a lumber company president.  Henry's parents raised him with his sister named Beatrice Winkler in the traditions of Conservative, Judaism.

When Winkler was young, he was anxious because of his undiagnosed dyslexia (reading disorder) due to which he scored the poor grade in his school. His father used to punished him for his difficulties in school and used to call, ''dumb dog.''

Winkler attended McBurney School and he graduated from the school in 1963. In 1963 he earned B.A. degree from Emerson College. During his college, he became the member of the Alpha Pi Theta Fraternity. Later, he joined Yale School of Drama and earned M.F.A. degree. Henry has also received honorary D.H.L. degree from Austin College in 1978.

After graduation, he moved to New York to perform on Broadways. Later, moved to LA to pursue a career in acting.

Henry Winkler's Career

TV Series

Henry Winkler made his Hollywood debut in 1972 in an episode of NBC's soap opera, Another World.  The following year, he was featured in The Mary Tyler Moore Show as Steve Waldman. 

Winkler's breakthrough came in 1974 in ABC's sitcom, Happy Days. In the series, he portrayed the role of a secondary character who later became the main character after he surpassed the other characters, Arthur ''Fonzie'' Fonzarelli. 

The series starred Ron Howard, Erin Moran, Marion Ross, and Anson Williams. He was associated with the sitcom from 1974 to 1984 appearing in 255 episodes. His performance was highly appreciated by fans and critics. Moreover, he has been also nominated for several awards for his performance.


Later  Henry featured in several TV movies and TV shows, Nightmare (1974), Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers (1974), Laverne & Shirley (1976), The One and Only (1978), Joanie Loves Chachi (1982), The Simpsons (1989), Absolute Strangers (1991), Monty (1994),  and The Drew Carey Show (1995) among others. 

As of 2018, he worked in HBO's dark comedy TV series, Barry with Bill Hader, Sarah Goldberg, and Anthony Carrigan.


Winkler made his movie debut in 1974 as Mannie in Carlo Lizzani's directed film, Crazy Joe. The same year, he worked in The Lords of Flatbush with Sylvester Stallone, Perry King, and Susan Blakely.

Henry Winkler has also appeared in several super hit movies Dill Scallion (1999), Fronterz (2004), Unbeatable Harold (2006), You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008), Adventures of Serial Buddies (2011), Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant (2015) and many more.

Winkler made his directional debut in 1988 from the movie, Memories of Me. He also appeared as a producer for TV series like MacGyver and Dead Man's Gun. Besides, he also worked in several theater works and pantomimes. 


CAA agent, Alan Beger suggested him to write children's book about dyslexia in 1998. Due to his learning disability, he refused the proposal. In 2003, he was again suggested but this time, he accepted and co-wrote his first book, Niagara Falls, Or Does It? with Lin Oliver and Tim Heitz.

Since then he wrote almost 19 books like Bookmarks Are People Too!I Got a ''D'' in SalamiDay of the Iguana and The Zippity Zinger among others.

Henry Winkler's Awards And Honors

Henry Winkler has been nominated for several prestigious awards for his performance in the TV series and movies. Winkler also won several awards and some of them are:

  • 1977 = Golden Globe Awards for Happy Days.
  • 1978 = Golden Globe Awards for Happy Days.
  • 1995 = Daytime Emmy Awards for CBS Schoolbreak Special.
  • 2005 = Daytime Emmy Awards for Clifford's Puppy Days.

Some of his nominated awards include Primetime Emmy Awards and Golden Globe Awards among others.

Besides, in 2011, he has been appointed as an Honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire. Two years later, he was also named as one of the United Kingdom's top 10 Literacy Heros by the National Literacy Trust.

Henry Winkler's Net Worth, Salary, And Major Source Of Income

Henry Winkler has an estimated net worth of $35 million as per The Richest whereas his net worth is estimated to be $20 million by  Celebrity Net Worth. He worked in numerous TV series and movies from where he receives a decent paycheck.

 Here is the list of his movies that made an impressive collection at the box office:

Movies Budget Box Office Collection IMDB Rating Cast Members
Scream (1996) $14-15 million $173 million 7.2 Roger L. Jackson, Kevin Patrick, and  Lisa Beach.
The Waterboy (1998) $23 million $186 million 6.1 Adam Sandler, Fairuza Balk, and Kathy Bates.
Click (2006) $82.5million $237.7 million 6.4 Adam Sandler, Kate Beckinsale, and Cameron Monaghan.
You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008) $90 million $199.9 million 5.5 Adam Sandler, Emmanuelle Chriqui, and Rob Schneider.

Winkler also collected a huge amount from his published books. Besides, he along with his wife bought a mansion in 1993 worth $3.4 million. In 2017, he again bought a 'Royal Pains' house for $3.5 million. 

Henry is also the proud owner of Lexus RX 400 which worth around $15 K. 


Winkler donated several books to Holy Rosary School in 2011. Tropical Strom Lee, a storm, flooded the school. He also supports several charity organizations like the American Heart Association, The Children's Trust, Believe Dream, Stands Up To Cancer, Parkinson Society Maritime Region, and National Literacy Trust among others.

Henry Winkler's Personal Life, Married, Wife, Children, Family

Henry Winkler is a multi-dynamic personality and he has shown his skill in several fields. Winkler is a married man. He tied the knot to his girlfriend turned wife Stacey Weitzman.

CAPTION: Stacey Weitzman and her husband Henry Winkler SOURCE: Articlebio

Winkler had an affair with his current spouse Stacey Winkler in 1976. After dating for almost two years, the couple finally married on May 5, 1978, in a private ceremony attended by families and friends.

The pair share two children, a daughter, and a son. His daughter, Zoe Emily, who was born in 1980, is a pre-school teacher whereas his son Max Daniel is a director born on 18th August 1983. He also has a stepson, Jed Weitzman from his wife's previous marriage with Howard Weitzman. He is the godfather of Bryce Dallas Howard, daughter of Ron Howard.

CAPTION: Henry Winkler with his children. SOURCE: Zimbio

The couple is together for decades  Henry currently lives in New York City with his family.  

Besides, Winkler has numerous fans following on Twitter and Facebook. Even at the age of 70, he has kept him healthy and good looking with perfect exercise.

Henry Winkler's Age, Height, And Other Facts 

  • Henry Winkler's height: he has a height of 5' 6" (1.68 m)
  • Winkler's age: he is aged 73 years.  

Here is the video where Henry Winkler talks about his career: