Henry Winkler

Inside Biography

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 role came in 1974 when he appeared in the ABC  television series, Happy Days for which he received several awards. Active in the industry for 4 decades, Winkler has earned millions of net worth. As for his personal life, Winkler has been married to a businesswoman and activist Stacey Winkler with whom he shares two children.

Henry Winkler Was Born in Manhattan, New York City

Henry Winkler was born Henry Franklin Winkler on October 30, 1945, in Manhattan, New York City, New York, the United States of America. Winkler is of American nationality and belongs to the Caucasian ethnicity. 

Winkler is the son of mother Ilse Anna Marie Winkler (b.1993-d.2002) and father Harry Irving Winkler (b.1903-d.1995). His parents moved from Berlin, Germany to the United States in 1939 on the eve of the Second World War.

His mother was a homemaker and his father was a lumber company president.  His parents raised him with his sister Beatrice Winkler in the traditions of Conservative, Judaism.

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

Winkler attended McBurney School from where he graduated in 1963. In 1963, he earned a B.A. degree from Emerson College.

During his college, he became a member of the Alpha Pi Theta Fraternity. Later, he joined Yale School of Drama and earned an M.F.A. degree. Henry also received an honorary D.H.L. degree from Austin College in 1978.

Following his graduation, he moved to New York to perform on Broadway. Later, moved to LA to pursue a career in acting.

Henry Winkler Television Career

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. 

His breakthrough came in 1974 in ABC's sitcom, Happy Days, starring Ron Howard, Erin Moran, Marion Ross, and Anson Williams.

He appeared on the show for its 255 episodes from 1974 to 1984. His performance was highly appreciated by fans and critics. Moreover, he has been also nominated for several awards for his performance.


He has since appeared in several television shows and television films such as 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).

In 2018, he was cast in the HBO dark comedy series, Barry, with Bill Hader, Sarah Goldberg, and Anthony Carrigan. They all are appearing on the show together ever since.

Most recently, he played the role of Sy Mittleman in two episodes of the Netflix comedy series, Medical Police.

Henry Winkler Movie Career

Winkler made his movie debut in 1974 in Crazy Joe. The same year, he appeared in The Lords of Flatbush with Sylvester Stallone, Perry King, and Susan Blakely.

From 1980 to 1982, he provided the voice of Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli in 24 episodes of  The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang.

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

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

He is set to appear in the 2020 comedy-drama film, The French Dispatch, which will be releasing on July 24, 2020, in the United States.

Henry Winkler Career as an Author

CAA agent, Alan Beger suggested he write a 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 Awards And Honors

Henry Winkler has been nominated for several prestigious awards for his performance in TV series and movies. Here's a list of his awards.

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

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

Additionally, 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.

He Has An Estimated Net Worth of $35 Million

Henry Winkler has an estimated net worth of $35 million, as per The Richest. However, according to an article published by the Celebrity Net Worth website, his net worth is $30 million. He has not officially disclosed how much his total fortune is.

He worked in numerous TV series and movies from where he receives a decent paycheck.

 Here's a list of his movies and their budgets and box office collections.

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 is worth around $15 K.

Henry Winkler Charity

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.

Married Life With Wife Stacey Weitzman

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 with actress Stacey Weitzman. His wife is an American businesswoman and activist.

Henry and Stacey started dating in 1976 and after staying in a relationship for almost two years, they got married on May 5, 1978, in a private ceremony before close family members and friends.

The amazing husband-wife duo is the parents of two children; a daughter, Zoe Emily, who was born in 1980, and a son, Max Daniel, who was born on 18th August 1983.

Henry also has a stepson, Jed Weitzman, which is from his wife's previous marriage with Howard Weitzman. He is the godfather of Bryce Dallas Howard, daughter of Ron Howard.

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

Besides, Winkler has numerous fan following on Twitter and Facebook. Even at the age of 70, he has kept himself healthy and good-looking with perfect exercise. As of 2020, he has around 768k followers on her official Twitter account where he goes by Henry Winkler.

However, he does not seem to enjoy Instagram as much; he is not active on Instagram, but there are a few fan pages on his name.

Age and Height

  • He has a height of 5 feet 6 inches (1.68 m)
  • As for his age, he is currently 74 years old, as of 2020. 

by Bchrome, 21 Mar, 2016

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