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Henry Winkler          

Actor, Producer, Director and Best-Selling Author; Best Known for "Happy Days"

Like many other actors, he began his career by appearing in 30 commercials. His first major film role was in The Lords of Flatbush in which he played a member of a Brooklyn gang.

After that, he was cast on a new ABC series which was set in the 1950s called Happy Days. He was given the role of high school dropout and greaser Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli. The character was seldom seen during the first few episodes as ABC initially feared he would be perceived as a hoodlum. However, the character became extremely popular with viewers, and the show's producers decided to give Fonzie a more prominent role in the series.

In the mid-1980s, with Happy Days now behind him, Henry decided to change his focus toward producing and directing. He produced and directed several television shows and movies, most notably MacGyver and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. In the mid-1990s and early 2000s, he was able to re-establish himself with a younger generation of moviegoers and TV viewers, appearing in the popular films, Scream and The The Waterboy and on shows such as The Practice and Arrested Development*.

In addition to his movie and film credits, Henry is a well accomplished author. Between 2003 and 2007, he co-authored 12 children's novels with Lin Oliver. The series is called Hank Zipzer, the World's Greatest Underachiever. The books are based on his early struggles with dyslexia, and they sold more than 2-million books in that time. Off-screen, Henry has been married since 1978 to Stacey Winkler (nee Weitzman) with whom he has three children. Together, they are actively involved with various children's charities. In 1990, they co-founded the Children's Action Network (CAN), which provides free immunization to over 200,000 children. He is also involved with the Annual Cerebral Palsy Telethon, the Epilepsy Foundation of America, the annual Toys for Tots campaign, the National Committee for Arts for the Handicapped, and the Special Olympics.

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