Express: Happy Days star Henry Winkler: 'I was told I was stupid and would never achieve'

January 25th, 2014

by Kirsty Nutkins
January 25, 2014

Henry Winkler is best known for his portrayal of Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli in the hit 1970s sitcom Happy Days. Since then, he’s carved out a successful career as an actor, producer and director. He has also co-authored the critically-acclaimed Hank Zipzer series of children’s novels with Lin Oliver and stars in a new CBBC comedy drama, based on the books. Henry, 68, lives in California with his wife of 35 years, Stacey. They have two children, Zoe, 32, and film and TV director Max, 30.

How does it feel to star in a series inspired by your own books?

There’s no way I can describe how incredible it feels. When I was growing up I was told I was stupid and that I would never achieve. I suffered from dyslexia and in those days it wasn’t recognised. I didn’t read my first novel until I was 31, so writing Hank Zipzer – and now being a part of the TV show – is a huge achievement.

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