Fox News: Henry 'The Fonz' Winkler lives by two words: tenacity and gratitude

February 23rd, 2012

Fox News
February 23, 2012
By Nicki Gostin

Henry Winkler may have hung up Fonzie’s leather jacket over 20 years ago, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been busy. The 66-year-old actor has regularly acted, directed and co-authored 17 children books about a boy named Hank Zipzer who suffers from dyslexia, as Winkler does.

And today his schedule is as crammed as ever. There’s his role on ‘Children’s Hospital,’ the first live action series on Cartoon Network, a recurring part in ‘Royal Pains,’ a recently released book about his love of fly-fishing, and what he’s most proud of, a new children’s book series called ‘Ghost Buddy.’

FOX411: You’ve got a new book out.

Henry Winkler: ‘Ghost Buddy,’ and I would unabashedly like people to buy it. This is a brand new series. It’s about a 12-year-old boy named Billy Broccoli who moves into a brand new house with a blended family and on the first night realizes that there is a 14-year-old ghost who’s been dead for 99 years living in his closet.

FOX411: Billy gets bullied at school. Were you bullied?

Winkler: When I was younger and in the bottom 3 percent academically, and I went to a private school with a blue blazer, grey slacks and a tie. I was bullied because I couldn’t keep up. I understand what that is and I understand that you cannot allow yourself to be defined by bullies.

What happens when you are bullied it affects your self image, it affects exactly every action you take and you’re constantly chasing who you think you should be friends with as opposed to the confidence that some kids just have who don’t have to work so hard.