Henry Wrinkler is an American actor who was born in Manhattan, New York City on October 30th, 1945. With a bit of a rocky start in the entertainment business, Wrinkler says he has always known he was meant to be an actor and that there was no plan B. Having dyslexia growing up and still, today, brought forth many challenges for Henry as he was trying to get his feet under him academically. With a lot of perseverance, he managed to finish school, get a Bachelor's Degree from Emerson's College, and then a Master's from the Yale School of Drama.
Henry Wrinkler: His Breakthrough Role As "Fonzie"
His dyslexia continued to present challenges in the acting world, but he overcame it by putting in extra hours studying scripts and preparing for roles. His first breakthrough role was in 255 episodes of Happy Days from 1974-1984 where he played "Arthur 'Fonzie' Fonzarelli". Henry Winkler has never quite been able to shake the iconic role of "Fonzie," however it has definitely given him plenty of recognition and was the stepping stone in his career.
After Happy Days, Winkler went on to hold a number of fantastic roles including, Monty (1994), Holes (2003), Clifford's Puppy Days (2003-2005), Click (2006), Out of Practice (2005-2006), Parks and Recreation (2013-2015), Children's Hospital (2010-2016), Hank Zipzer (2014-2016), Barry (2018) and Arrested Development (2003-2018). He recently finished working on the film The French Dispatch that was released in 2021.
You can catch him in the series Monsters At Work voicing the character of "Fritz" and in the upcoming film Shoot The Rooster.
Henry Winkler has finally won his first Primetime Emmy for his role as "Coach Gene Cousineau" on HBO's Barry in September 2018. He also started off 2019 by winning a Critic's Choice Award for his work on Barry as well. Winkler is a jack of many trades and is a children's book author. He continues to write when he's not in front of the camera.
Henry Winkler's Personal Life
Henry has a very wonderful personal life. He has been married to his wife Stacey Weitzman for 43 years and they have two children, Max who is a director/screenwriter in Hollywood, and daughter Zoe who is "one of the greatest preschool teachers." In his spare time, Henry enjoys going to movies and plays and spending time with his grandkids. You can also find Henry waist-deep in the Montana river, fly-fishing!
Henry looks back on his life and his career and is filled with gratitude. According to Parade, he says, "Gratitude is like a food group. It is essential for being alive [...] there are two ways to look at everything, and my glass is more than half full!"