Henry Winkler has enjoyed over four decades of success in Hollywood as an actor, producer, and director. He is also a New York Times best-selling author. His latest book is a children’s series called Alien Superstar. Currently, Winkler co-stars on HBO’s Barry, which garnered him an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy.
In 1973, Winkler was cast in the iconic role of Arthur Fonzarelli, aka “The Fonz,” in the TV series Happy Days. During his 10 years on the popular sitcom, he won two Golden Globe Awards, was nominated three times for an Emmy Award, and was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In recent years, Winkler has appeared in TV series including Arrested Development, Children’s Hospital, Royal Pains, New Girl and Parks and Recreation. His guest role in the ABC series The Practice earned him an Emmy Award nomination. He has lent his voice to TV shows including All Hail King Julien, South Park, King of the Hill, Family Guy, The Simpsons, and Clifford: The Puppy Years, for which he received a Daytime Emmy Award.
Winkler has executive produced or produced TV series and specials for 19 years, including Better Late Than Never, MacGyver, So Weird, Mr. Sunshine, Sightings, A Family Again, Ryan’s Four, Scandal Sheet, and the ABC documentary Who Are the DeBolts and Where Did They Get 19 Kids?, which won the prestigious Humanitas Prize.
Winkler has produced countless projects for young audiences, including Happily Ever After for PBS and its sequel, Two Daddies to Love Me and Run, Don’t Walk. He won a Daytime Emmy Award for All the Kids Do It.
On the big screen, Winkler starred in Night Shift, Here Comes the Boom, The Waterboy, Click, The Lords of Flatbush, Heroes, Holes, and Scream. Winkler has also directed several movies, including Memories of Me and Cop and a Half.
His first book, Niagara Falls, or Does It? Hank Zipzer the World’s Greatest Under-Achiever, and I’ve Never Met an Idiot on the River were best-sellers. To date, he and his co-author, Lin Oliver, have written 34 children’s novels.
His work also includes being a featured speaker at WE Day Celebrations; Honorary Chairman of United Friends of the Children; Founding Member of the Children’s Action Network; 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; as well as participating in numerous teenage alcohol and drug abuse programs.
He has received the Champion of Youth Prize from B’nai B’rith, Peace Prize by the United Nations, the Inspire Award from AARP, and the Norma Zarky Humanitarian Award from Women in Film. He received the Chevallier de l’Ordre des Artes et Lettres, the French government’s highest honor. He also was awarded the Honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) from the Queen of England for his services to children with dyslexia and special education needs.