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Henry Winkler

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Born: October 30, 1945 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: Cast ...


Served as honorary youth chairman for the Epilepsy Foundation in 1977.

Involved with Arts for the Handicapped (national committee), Toys for Tots (honorary chair) and Special Olympics

Served as President of the First Annual International Television Film Festival in Nice and received the festival's Golden Angel Award for "Happy Days"

Received three Emmy Award nominations for Best Actor in a Comedy Series for "Happy Days"

He received the Humanitarian Award from Women in Film in 1988.

Awarded the Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French government in 1996.

Winkler is dyslexic.

On being confused with his "Happy Days" character. "Cher called and invited me to one of her birthday parties years and years ago, and she said, 'Wait a minute, you don't sound like the Fonz.' I've lived through that. Look what the Fonz did for me. [There was] an autistic child who spoke her first word to me, which was 'Fonz'. The mother passed out. That alone is why you do what you do." --Henry Winkler to Entertainment Weekly, January 21, 1994.

"Here's my metaphor: When I'm producing, I'm holding sand in my arms. Directing, I try to get all that sand into one box. And when I'm acting, I get to play in the sand." --Henry Winkler quoted in Daily News , July 11, 1997.

Actor, director and producer Winkler on his preference: "Acting is my favorite. I love it. I love it. I want to do more. I love it." --quoted in Los Angeles Times, November 6, 1998.

"I would do another series in a minute. It's one of the great ways to earn a living. You have fun. You create a second family. You get home for dinner." --Winkler to Los Angeles Times, November 6, 1998.

"The good fortune of my success as an actor has afforded me the luxury of being able to develop, produce, and in an interesting number of instances, direct projects I feel are worthwhile and that I would like to see on the screen. Success, to me, is making a positive contribution. My goal is to infuse and maintain a level of integrity into every project I undertake--to be true to myself and to the things in which I believe." --quoted in the Disney Channel press notes for "So Weird", 1999.

Winkler on fame: "[I]f you're not in charge, it can creep in and pervert you without your missing a beat. I'm so happy that I was twenty-seven and not seventeen, because, boy, do I understand how you believe you can walk on water. There are a lot of bruised bananas rolling through this town. I was a lucky one." --quoted in Details, March 1999.

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