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|Also Known As:||Henry Franklin Winkler||Died:|
|Born:||October 30, 1945||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||New York City, New York, USA||Profession:||Cast ... actor director producer teacher|
Impressively able to channel his 1970s star-making sitcom turn into one of the most varied and long-lasting Hollywood success stories of all time, Henry Winkler built an impressive career as an actor, producer and director in television and films. Immortalized in Americana as the good-hearted greaser "The Fonz" on "Happy Days" (ABC, 1974-1984), Winkler benefited from his career-long association and multiple collaborations with co-star Ron Howard. After "Happy Days," he brilliantly diversified his Hollywood portfolio with success in acting (1982's "Night Shift"), producing ("MacGyver" (ABC, 1985-1992)) and directing (the Billy Crystal starrer "Memories of Me" (1988)). The award-winning 1994 Weezer music video for the ultra-catchy "Buddy Holly" - which integrated the modern band into the "Happy Days" universe - introduced him to a new generation of fans, and he followed up with supporting roles in a string of successes aimed directly at them, including "Scream" (1996) and "The Waterboy" (1998). With multiple Emmy and Golden Globe awards under his belt, Winkler remained highly in demand both in front of and behind the camera, as well as one of America's most beloved pop cultural figures.
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