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Henry Winkler

Highest Rated:   95% Night Shift (1982)
Lowest Rated:   3% Down to You (2000)
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Birthplace:   New York, New York, USA
A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, American actor Henry Winkler, born October 30th, 1945, first appeared on Broadway and in films (Crazy Joe, The Lords of Flatbush [both 1974]) before making the guest-star rounds on TV sitcoms. He worked several times for MTM productions, appearing in such roles as Valerie Harper's date on Rhoda and a charming thief undergoing psychoanalysis on The Bob Newhart Show. In 1973, Winkler was selected among hundreds of candidates (including ex-Monkee Micky Dolenz) to play the small recurring role of Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli, a leather-jacketed auto mechanic, on the new TV sitcom Happy Days. Though the series' stars were ostensibly Ron Howard, Anson Williams, and Donny Most, the bulk of the fan mail sent to Happy Days during its first season was addressed to "the Fonz." By the time the second season rolled around, Winkler was afforded second billing and a larger slice of screen time on each week's episode. Soon the more impressionable TV fans of America were parroting such Fonzie catchphrases as "Aaaaay" and "Sit on it!," while the nonplussed Winkler, who always regarded himself as a Dustin Hoffman-esque character actor, climbed to teen-idol status, complete with fan magazine interviews, posters, and Fonzie dolls. He also enjoyed a substantial salary boost, from 750 dollars per episode to (eventually) 80,000 dollars. At first, the off-stage Winkler could be as testy and sarcastic as his on-stage persona, but as Fonzie assumed "role model" proportions, the actor began comporting himself in as polite and agreeable a manner as possible. Accordingly, Fonzie became less of a Marlon Brando-type hoodlum and more of a basically goodhearted, moralistic young fellow who happened to be a motorcycle-racing dropout. By the time Happy Days ended in 1983 (by which time Winkler was elevated to top billing), Fonzie was a "drop-in," with a good job as a high school shop teacher and the possibility of a solid marriage. During his Happy Days heyday, Winkler was determined to prove he was capable of playing parts above and beyond Fonzie by taking film roles as far removed from his TV character: the troubled Vietnam vet in Heroes (1977), the vainglorious actor-turned-wrestler in The One and Only (1981), a '30s-style Scrooge in An American Christmas Carol (1982), and the timorous morgue attendant in Night Shift (1983). Following the example of his Happy Days co-star Ron Howard, Winkler also began working his way into the production and direction end of the business. In addition, Winkler used his name value for the benefit of others, remaining active in charitable and political causes. After several years away from the camera, Winkler returned to acting in the 1991 TV-movie Absolute Strangers, playing the husband of a woman caught in the middle of a volatile pro-life/pro-choice argument. And in 1993, Henry Winkler starred in the brief TV sitcom Monty, portraying a bombastic Limbaugh-type conservative TV personality. Winkler appeared in Little Nicky (2006) and You Don't Mess With the Zohan (2008), both times playing himself. Winkler continued to take small roles and guest spots on television and film throughout the 2000s.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant
  • Stanley Warner
2015
No Score Yet Serial Buddies
  • the NarratorNarrator
2013
No Score Yet Adventures Of Serial Buddies
  • Actor
2013
38% Here Comes the Boom
  • Marty Streb
$45.3M 2012
No Score Yet Arrested Development
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Running Mates
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Lego Hero Factory: Savage Planet
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet LEGO Hero Factory: Rise of the Rookies
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Group Sex
  • Burton
2010
No Score Yet Stuff Happens With Bill Nye -
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
  • Ralph
2008
No Score Yet Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh
  • Judge Newman
2008
20% A Plumm Summer
  • Happy Herb
2008
33% Berkeley
  • Sy Sweet
2007
64% I Could Never Be Your Woman
  • himself
2007
No Score Yet Unbeatable Harold
  • Mr. Fullerton
2007
No Score Yet The Magic 7
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Fly Fishing - The World
  • Actor
2007
32% Click
  • Ted Newman
$137.4M 2006
33% The Kid & I
  • Johnny Bernstein
2005
No Score Yet Fronterz
  • Arnie Schlepp
2004
No Score Yet Young MacGyver
  • Producer
2003
77% Holes
  • Stanley Yelnats III
$67.4M 2003
No Score Yet Sightings: Heartland Ghost
  • Executive Producer
2002
22% Little Nicky
  • Himself
$38.6M 2000
3% Down to You
  • Chef Ray Connelly
2000
No Score Yet P.U.N.K.S.
  • Edward Crow
1999
No Score Yet Dill Scallion
  • Larry
1999
35% The Waterboy
  • Coach Klein
1998
No Score Yet Ground Control
  • John Quinn
1998
No Score Yet Hostage High
  • Skip Fine
1997
No Score Yet National Lampoon's Dad's Week Off
  • Jack Potter
1997
79% Scream
  • Principal Himbry
1996
No Score Yet One Christmas
  • Dad
1994
No Score Yet The Only Way Out
  • Tony
1993
17% Cop & 1/2
  • Director
1993
No Score Yet Memories of Me
  • Director
1988
No Score Yet A Smoky Mountain Christmas
  • Director
1986
87% The Sure Thing
  • Executive Producer
1985
No Score Yet Scandal Sheet
  • Producer
1985
95% Night Shift
  • Chuck Lumley
1982
No Score Yet An American Christmas Carol
  • Benedict Slade
1979
No Score Yet The One and Only
  • Andy Schmidt
1978
No Score Yet Heroes
  • Jack Dunne
1977
No Score Yet Who Are the DeBolts? And Where Did They Get 19 Kids?
  • Executive Producer
1977
No Score Yet Katherine
  • Bob Kline
1975
67% The Lords of Flatbush
  • Butchey Weinstein
1974
No Score Yet Crazy Joe
  • Mannie
1974

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Guest
  • Appearing
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
  • Guest
  • 2017
73% Better Late than Never
2016
  • Reality cast member
  • Executive Producer
  • 2016
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2016
93% New Girl
2011
  • Flip
  • 2016
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet All Hail King Julien
2014-2016
  • Voice
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Children's Hospital
2010-2016
  • Sy Mittleton Sy Mittleman
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Royal Pains
2009
  • Eddie R. Lawson Eddie Lawson
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
89% Bob's Burgers
2011
  • Voice
  • 2015
No Score Yet Comedy Bang! Bang!
2012
  • Appearing
  • 2015
No Score Yet Drunk History
2013
  • Actor
  • 2015
No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night
2013
  • Appearing
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • Host
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
90% Parks and Recreation
2009-2015
  • Dr. Saperstein
  • 2013
  • 2009
71% Up All Night
2011-2013
  • Robert Alexander
  • 2012
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet Nature
1982
  • Voice
  • 2006
No Score Yet Arrested Development
2003-2013
  • Barry Zuckerkorn Barry Barry Zuckerhorn
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Edwin Todd
  • 2002
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 1999
No Score Yet MacGyver
1985-1992
  • Newberry
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • 1999
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1985
26% MacGyver
2016
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • 1990
  • 1985
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Appearing
  • 1977
No Score Yet Barry
2018
  • Gene Cousineau
No Score Yet Childrens' Hospital
  • Actor

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