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                                                       HENRY WINKLER

                                                 EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

 

          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 status 
he still maintains.  On June 29, 1996, Winkler received the Chevallier de l'Ordre des Arts et 
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 
nominations.

          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 Dinkum Productions. 
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 
Humanitas Prize.

          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 teenage 
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, including MacGyver; 
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."

         

                                     

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