Henry Winkler, regarded by many as one of the kindest
people in show business,
serves as executive producer of Disney Channel's new original
series So Weird.
Happy Days is history and the black leather jacket worn by
"The Fonz" has hung
in the Smithsonian since Feb. 13, 1980.
This confirms the status of the long-running
television series' loveable central character, portrayed by
Winkler, as an American
pop-cultural icon. The
character's appeal made Winkler and international star - a
he still maintains. On
June 29, 1996, Winkler received the Chevallier de l'Ordre des Arts
Lettres, the French government's highest honor.
Winkler's portrayal of "The Fonz" won him
two Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor in a Comedy Series and
three Emmy Awards
These days, Winkler lives very much in the present, acting
in, producing and
directing television programming and feature films.
Most recently, Winkler co-starred with
Adam Sandler and Kathy Bates in Disney's The Waterboy, which had
grossed over $131.5
million in only one month after its premiere.
Last year, he appeared in Wes Craven's
Scream, which marked his return to the big screen.
Winkler Continues to serve as executive producer of the
Showtime series Dead
Man's Gun and Sightings for the Sci-Fi Channel. Dead Man's Gun has
been picked up for
an additional twenty-two episodes. Sightings, now in it's sixth
season, recently completed
production on five additional two-hour specials.
In 1979, Winkler formed his first production company, Fair
It's first venture was Who are the DeBolts and Where did They Get
Those 19 Kids?, a
television documentary about Dorthy and Robert DeBolt's remarkable
children, 13 of them
adopted, and most of them physically and/or emotionally
challenged. Winkler served as
host and executive producer of the ABC presentation, which went on
to win the prestigious
Consistent with his long-standing concern for quality
children's programming on
television, Winkler formed JZM Productions to create worthwhile
projects geared for a young
audience. The JZM tag was derived from the initials of the first
names of his three children
- Jed, Zoe and Max. In
1984, JZM produced All the Kids Do It, which dealt with
drunk driving. It won
the Daytime Emmy for Best Children's program that year.
Some of Winkler's acting credits include the feature films
The Lords of Flatbush,
Crazy Joe, Heroes and Nightshift. His numerous television credits
include National Lampoon's Dad's Week Off, Absolute Strangers,
Katherine, Rhoda and The Bob Newhart Show. Winkler
served as executive producer and/or producer on many productions,
Run, Don't Walk; Scandal Sheet; Mr. Sunshine; A Family Affair, and
The UFO Report:
Sightings. His credits as director include the feature films
Memories of Me, starring Billy
Crystal; and Cop and a 1/2 starring Burt Reynolds.
He has also directed television movies,
including Joanie Loves Chachi; All the Kids Do It; and a
Smokey Mountain Christmas,
starring Dolly Parton.
In spite of his already demanding schedule, Winkler
continues to add more television
and film projects to his workload.
"The good fortune of my success as an actor has
afforded me the luxury of being able to develop, produce and, in
an interesting number
of instances, direct projects I feel are worthwhile and that I
would like to see on the screen,
" he explains. "Success,
to me, is making a positive contribution," Winkler says.
"My goal is
to infuse and maintain a level of integrity into every
project I undertake - to be true to
myself and to the things in which I believe."