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actor , director , film producer

Henry Franklin Winkler, American Actor. Recipient Humanitarian award Women in Film, 1988; named honorary youth chairman Epilepsy Foundation; chairman Toys for Tots, 1977.


Winkler, Henry Franklin was born on October 30, 1945 in New York City. Son of Harry Irving and Ilse Anna Maria (Hadra) Winkler.


Student, Emerson College, 1963-1967;Doctor of Hebrew Literature, Emerson College, 1978;student, Yale School Drama, 1967-1970.


With Yale Repertory Theatre, 1970-1971. Founder New Haven Free Theatre, 1968, Off The Wall New York, improvisation company, 1972. Teacher drama University of California at Los Angeles Adult Extension.

Founding member Children's Action Network.


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  • Other Work

    • Off-Broadway shows, 1972-1973, Cincinnati Playhouse, 1973. Broadway shows, The Dinner Party. London Theatre, Peter Pan, 2006.

      Films include The Lords of Flatbush, 1972, Crazy Joe, 1974, Heroes, 1977, The One and Only, 1977, Night Shift, 1983, Wes Craven's Scream, 1996, Ground Control, 1998, The Water Boy, 1998, Ugly Naked People, 1999, Elevator Seeking, 1999, Dill Scallion, 1999, P.U.N.K.S., 1999, Down to You, 2000, I Shaved My Legs for This, 2001, Holes, 2003, Fronterz, 2004, Unbeatable Harold, 2005, Berkeley, 2005, The Kid and I, 2005, The King of Central Park, 2006, Click, 2006. Starred in television series Happy Days, 1973-1984, Fonz and the Happy Days Gang (voice), 1980, The Mork & Mindy/Laverne & Shirley with the Fonz Show (voice), 1982, Monty, 1994 (also executive producer), Mr. Sunshine, (voice) Clifford's Puppy Days, 2003 (Performer for an animated program, Daytime Emmy award, Academy television Arts & Sciences, 2005), Out of Practice, since 2005.

      Appeared in television films Katherine, 1975, America Salutes Richard Rodgers: The Sound of His Music, 1976, An American Christmas Carol, 1979 (ABC), Absolute Strangers, 1991 (Columbia Broadcasting System), The Only Way Out, 1994 (ABC), Truman Capote's One Christmas, 1994 (NBC), A Child is Missing, 1995 (Columbia Broadcasting System) (also executive producer), Dad's Week Off, 1996 (Showtime), National Lampoon's Dad's Week Off, 1997, Detention: The Siege at Johnson High, 1997, Beverly Hills S.U.V., 2006. Executive producer (television) Who Are the Debolts? Where Did They Get Nineteen Kids?, 1977, Starflight:The Plane That Couldn't Land, 1983, Ryan's Four, 1983, When Your Lover Leaves, 1983, Scandal Sheet, 1984, MacGyver, 1985-1994 (several episodes), Mr. Sunshine, 1986, A Family Again, 1988, Starting Now, 1989, Sightings, 1992, Dead Man's Gun, 1997, 1999, So Weird, 1999, Sightings: Heartland Ghosts, 2002, WinTuition, 2002, Hollywood Squares, 2002-2004, Young MacGyver, 2003, Unexplained Mysteries, 2003, Dallas Reunion: Return to Southfork, 2004, Happy Days: 30th Anniversary Reunion, 2005, Knots Landing Reunion: Together Again, 2005.

      Producer (films) The Sure Thing, 1985. Producer, host home video Strong Kids, Safe Kids, 1985, Public Broadcasting Service animated special Happy Ever After, 1985, Two Daddies to Love Me, 1988. Producer (films) Young Sherlock Holmes, 1985.

      Producer (television films) Losing a Sister, 1988. President Fair Dinkum Productions, Hollywood, California, since 1979, Winkler-Daniels Productions, Hollywood, 1987-1991. Producer (television) Run, Don't Walk for own company JZM Productions, 1981.

      Director (television) Joanie Loves Chachi, 1982. Director (television films) All the Kids Do It, 1984, A Smokey Mountain Christmas, 1986, Memories of Me, 1988, Cop and a Half, 1993, Dave's World, 1993, Too Something, 1995, Clueless, 1996, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, 1996. Television guest appearances include Mary Tyler Moore, 1973, The Bob Newhart Show, 1974, Laverne & Shirley, 1976, 1979, Saturday Night Live, 1977, Mork & Mindy, 1978, Joanie Loves Chachi, 1982, Macgyver, 1990, (voice) Street Sharks, 1995, (voice) South Park, 1998, The Practice, 1999, 2000, (voice) The Simpsons, 1999, The Drew Carey Show, 2001, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, 2002, Hollywood Squares, 2003, Arrested Development, 2003-2005 (several episodes), Third Watch, 2004, Crossing Jordon, 2005.

      Co-author (with Lin Oliver) (children's book series): Hank Zipzer:The World's Greatest Underachiever.


Named Best Actor in Comedy Series, Photoplay magazine 1976-1977, recipient Golden Globe award 1976, 77, 78. Named King of Baccus, Mardi Gras, New Orleans 1977, Emmy nominee 1975, 76, 77. Recipient Golden Plate award American Academy Achievement 1980, Daytime Emmy nomination best director All The Kids Do It, produced for JZM Prodns., 1985.

Sorrisi e Canzoni Telegatto award (Italian television award) 1980. National spokesperson United Friends of the Children, since 1982. Member American Federation television and Radio Artists, Screen Actors Guild, Actors Equity.


Married Stacey Weitzman, May 5, 1978. Children: Zoe Emily, Max Daniel, (stepchildren) Jed Weitzman.

Harry Irving Winkler

Ilse Anna Maria (Hadra) Winkler

Stacey Weitzman

Zoe Emily Winkler

Max Daniel Winkler

(stepchildren) Jed Weitzman Winkler