Henry Winkler
American actor, director and writer
Henry Winkler
Henry Franklin Winkler, OBE (born October 30, 1945) is an American actor, director, producer, and author. Winkler is best known for his role as Fonzie on the 1970s American sitcom Happy Days. "The Fonz," a leather-clad greaser and auto mechanic, started out as a minor character at the show's beginning but had achieved top billing by the time the show ended.
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'Better Late than Never' hits the road with senior stars
CNN - 6 months
Brian Lowry reviews NBC's 'Better Late than Never' starring Henry Winkler, William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw and George Foreman.
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Review: 'Better Late than Never' hits the road with senior stars
CNN - 6 months
Brian Lowry reviews NBC's 'Better Late than Never' starring Henry Winkler, William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw, and George Foreman.
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'Better Late Than Never' Review: The Innocents Abroad
Wall Street Journal - 6 months
Henry Winkler, William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw and George Foreman travel together through Asia on NBC’s new show.
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RIP Garry Marshall. He Gave Us the Pretty Woman, the Fonz and Worked Clean While He Did It
Huffington Post - 7 months
Thinking back on the late Garry Marshall's work, which is what we do when a valuable artist dies, you become even more impressed when you realize he took the harder road to both comedy and romantic comedy. He figured out what was funny, when it would have been easier to go with what's dirty. Look at most of the TV sitcoms and many of the comic movies of the last 20 years and you can't miss the way they skipped the Marshall Plan and settled for lazy raunchy sex jokes. Garry Marshall, who died Tuesday at the age of 81 from complications of pneumonia and a stroke, didn't pioneer any genres of television, or movies. He took traditional genres like the sitcom and the rom-com and executed them well. It sounds simple enough until you try to actually do it and realize it's not simple at all. Marshall's TV shows include Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy and the original Odd Couple. He wrote for dozens of others, including The Dick Van Dyke Show, and he che ...
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Tyrese Gibson, Hannah Simone, Henry Winkler take it to church at We Day dinner
LATimes - 11 months
Tyrese Gibson grew up in the wrong part of town, around too many drugs and gangs to be successful. Henry Winkler barely graduated from high school. And Paula Abdul was a preemie with learning disabilities who was way too short to be a cheerleader — but she made it as a Laker Girl anyway after getting...
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Missing In Citizen Action: Gen Z
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Much has been said about Generation Z-- today's tweens and teens -- and our endless selfies on Twitter, 6-second Vines and Snapchats. Though many demographers say this is the generation that will help bring better futures through our civic-mindedness, it's still common to hear that apathy among young people is creating a generation of passive bystanders.    The prevailing fear is that the next generation of leaders - two billion worldwide and more than one-quarter of the U.S. population - will be neither engaged nor equipped to lead transformational change.   Repeat after me: the phrase "youth apathy" is a misnomer.  It places the blame on adolescence, when it's really adults that are disengaged from talking with us about the issues that concern us.  Gen Z has the power to lead change at the community, state and national levels. However, this power is limited because of a perception that we don't always have - or want -- to play a part in making the decisions that affect us.    ...
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Al Molinaro, character actor known for role on 'Happy Days,' dies at 96 - Los Angeles Times
Google News - over 1 year
Los Angeles Times Al Molinaro, character actor known for role on 'Happy Days,' dies at 96 Los Angeles Times Al Molinaro, left, and Henry Winkler pose in character in an episode from "Happy Days." Al Molinaro, left, and Henry Winkler pose in character in an episode from "Happy Days." (ABC). Marisa GerberContact Reporter. Al Molinaro, the hawk-nosed character ... Al Molinaro, drive-in owner on 'Happy Days,' dead at 96Chicago Sun-Times Notable deaths last week; 'Happy Days' soda shop owner; ex-Chicago congressmanChicago Daily Herald Al Molinaro, drive-in owner in "Happy Days," dies at 96ABC2 News Headlines & Global News -Kenosha News -wtvr.com all 496 news articles »
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The Power of the Headset -- Inside the WGA Awards
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Award Season is in full swing leading up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2nd. Recently, the Writers Guild of America held its own award show honoring outstanding achievement in writing for screen, television and a slew of other media. Bestowed with an All Access badge and a headset, I was able to roam through every nook and cranny of the JW Marriott at L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles at the show. Truth be told, this wasn't part of any scam, nor did I win some contest; and I'm certainly not any sort of VIP that is entitled to such privilege. I'm a journalist who happened to be working the award show -- escorting talent along the red carpet before the show and walking winners to the press room during the program. Assigned to escort presenters, including the always affable Walton Goggins of Justified and TV icon Henry Winkler, known as the nicest man in show business (depending whom you talk to -- some say the same about Tom Hanks), it was fascinating to get such an insi ...
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ABC Picks Up Comedy Pilot The Winklers
Seattle Pi - about 3 years
ABC has picked up comedy pilot The Winklers, TVGuide.com has learned. The multi-camera sitcom focuses on an emotionally reserved construction worker whose life is changed when he moves in with his over-sharing in-laws. As previously reported, Henry Winkler is slated to star in the comedy. 2104 Grammys: Red carpet arrivals The actor's son, Max Winker, will executive-produce, alongside Jake Johnson, Rob Reinis and Phil Rosenthal will executive-produce. View original ABC Picks Up Comedy Pilot The Winklers at TVGuide.com Other Links From TVGuide.com Henry WinklerJake JohnsonPhil RosenthalMax Winkler View the original article on TVGuide.com
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Talking TV: Benefits Street and Henry Winkler
Broadcast - about 3 years
Broadcast’s podcast returns with an interview with Channel 4 commissioner Nick Mirsky about Benefits Street and a look ahead to Henry Winkler’s new CBBC series.
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Cartoon Network's MAD Doubles the Funny for 100th Episode Celebration
Seattle Pi - over 3 years
The animated sketch-comedy series features a parody of the Superman blockbuster Man of Steel in Monday's double-sized show (Nov. 11 at 8:30/7:30c on Cartoon Network). Producer Kevin Shinick recruited Weird Al Yankovic and Henry Winkler to voice Superman and his father, Jor-El, respectively in the sketch, which takes a playful jab at the film's controversial violence. The network gave Shinick 22-minutes to play with - twice the Emmy-nominated show's typical episode length - and he's stuffed it with a variety of pop-culture parodies and comedy bits. Shinick also felt it was important that the episode pay special homage to the iconic humor magazine that inspired the show, including Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions (in the style of longtime magazine cartoonist Al Jaffee), a short by legendary artist Sergio Aragones Superheroes: In addition to producing MAD, Shinick also does voiceover work on the show, has a live-action acting career (he'll appear as a murder suspect in the Dec. 9 ...
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Ron Howard Says Obama's Leadership Has Been 'Sound,' He Supports Hillary Clinton In 2016 (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Ron Howard was such a big supporter of President Barack Obama in 2008 that he teamed up with his former co-stars Andy Griffith and Henry Winkler to create an all-star campaign video. But now that Obama has had a few years in the Oval Office, what does the Academy Award-winner think of his performance? Howard is pretty pleased, he told HuffPost Live's Josh Zepps during a conversation about his work with Project Imaginat10n. "[Obama] was walking into a huge, huge challenge. Like a lot of people who read and care and follow, I can’t say that I agree with every decision, but I feel his leadership has been sound, I feel like the administration has worked in constructive ways and continues to," Howard said. "I certainly have no reservations of my having supported him." Howard said governing is hard for anyone when politicians go to partisan extremes, as the country saw with the recent federal government shutdown. The director said he champions a "militant middle" where people can come ...
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Happy Days' Henry Winkler lands CBBC series
Broadcast - over 3 years
Henry “The Fonz” Winkler is to feature in a new CBBC comedy drama about a dyslexic boy’s unique approach to life.
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'Happy Days' Star Pounces on Navy Yard Shooting to Promote Gun Control
Big Hollywood - over 3 years
It's a sad celebrity ritual. Tragedy strikes somewhere in the U.S., and a star uses Twitter to politicize it for their pet cause. Henry Winkler of Happy Days fame joined the club earlier today. The... View Original Post
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Henry Winkler on His Royal Pains Return and "Insane" Parks and Rec Guest Spot
Seattle Pi - over 3 years
[...] I went, 'Oh, you read my books?' and he said, 'No, I love Royal Pains. Since Winkler's debut on the show in Season 2, the actor has made quite an impression as the charming yet calculating Eddie R. Lawson. Eight months after Eddie last popped in the Hamptons for Evan's wedding, the character returns on Wednesday's episode (9/8c, USA) to help Hank (Mark Feuerstein) deal with his painkiller problem. After being in denial about his dependency for so long, how will Hank react? "Hank is a really good doctor and it's really hard to see yourself," Winkler says. A Royal Pains intervention - or an invitation as Evan & Co. call it - might seem like a dark turn for the blue-sky series, but Winkler praised the writers for making Hank's issue feel organic. Four years after debuting as Hank and Evan's long-lost, less-than-perfect father, Winkler says he still looks forward to being asked to return to Royal Pains. With his new role on Parks and Recreation, his recent returns to Roy ...
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Five highlights from Day 2 of FYF 2013 (and Henry Winkler cameo!)
LATimes - over 3 years
The 10th annual FYF Fest concluded Sunday night with the shimmering feedback of My Bloody Valentine, which echoed across the Los Angeles State Historic Park and no doubt ruffled neighbors blocks away. 
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Look Who's Visiting Pawnee
Popeater - over 3 years
Look who's making the transition from Clone Club to the Pawnee Parks Department -- "Orphan Black" star Tatiana Maslany will visit "Parks and Recreation" during Season 6, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Canadian actress will reportedly appear in episodes five and six of the show's upcoming sixth season, and will play a love interest for Aziz Ansari's Tom Haverford. While Maslany is no stranger to complex roles, having embodied numerous clones on the BBC America hit, putting up with the most high-maintenance Pawnee resident could be her biggest challenge yet. Despite her dramatic role on "Orphan Black," Maslany has a background in comedy and has previously participated in the Canadian Improv Games. She'll join fellow guest stars Heidi Klum, Kristen Bell and Henry Winkler on the NBC comedy this season, while stars Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe will be exiting after the first 13 episodes. "Parks and Recreation" returns for Season 6 with a one-hour premiere on Thurs ...
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Rihanna And Madonna On 'Childrens Hospital'?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
We love "Childrens Hospital" for its ridiculous cast -- including Rob Corddry, Ken Marino, Malin Akerman, Lake Bell, Erinn Hayes, Rob Huebel, Megan Mullally and Henry Winkler -- and its even more insane storylines. And now we feel even more justified in that love: The 15-minute late-night medical drama spoof show won an Emmy last year (gotta love that Outstanding Special Class, Short-format Live-Action Entertainment Program category!), and they're nominated again this year. In Season 5 (Thursdays at 12 ET on Adult Swim), the doctors are stationed at an Army base in Japan, and they're still mourning the loss of Corddry's Dr. Blake Downs, who was murdered. But dead or alive, you can't keep a good clown doctor down. Corddry shared 10 (possibly true but probably not) things to look forward to this season. 1. Nick Offerman. (Enough said.) 2. Young Justin Kirk is played by Weird Al Yankovic. 3. Weird Al Yankovic is played by someone else entirely. 4. Blake Downs ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Henry Winkler
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2013
    Age 67
    National Literacy Trust Winkler was named by the National Literacy Trust as one of the United Kingdom’s top 10 Literacy Heroes on December 3, 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Winkler has been married to Stacey Winkler (née Furstman) since May 5, 1978; with her, he has two children, Zoe Emily (b. 1980), a pre-school teacher, and Max Daniel (b. August 18, 1983), a director. Winkler also has a stepson, Jed Weitzman, from Stacey's previous marriage with Howard Weitzman. Winkler is a cousin of actor Richard Belzer. Winkler is the godfather of Bryce Dallas Howard, daughter of Happy Days co-star Ron Howard. Henry was the 9th King of the Bacchus, Mardi Gras, Parade in New Orleans in 1977; the theme was "Happily Ever After". Winkler said he was named after his Uncle Helmut, who did not make it out of Germany during World War II. His middle name, Franklin, was in honor of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He is an avid fly fisherman, which he often does in Montana. On the rewards of this hobby, Winkler said: " The repetition of it, the sound of the water, I find it to be totally draining. Anything that bothers you is completely washed from your body. I see fly-fishing as a washing machine for your brain. My technique is still ugly as sin. But somehow I get the fish."
    In the 2013 Broadway season, Winkler, Cheyenne Jackson, Alicia Silverstone, and Ari Graynor were announced to star in the David West Read play The Performers opening Nov 14, 2012 at The Longacre Theatre.
    More Details Hide Details In 1998, Winkler's agent at CAA, Alan Berger, suggested Winkler write a children's book about dyslexia, but Winkler didn't think that he would be able to write because of his struggles with the learning disability. Berger was persistent, and a few years later, in 2003, he again suggested Winker write. Winkler said yes. Berger suggested he co-write with author Lin Oliver. Winkler has since written 19 books. Since 2003, Winkler has collaborated with Lin Oliver on a series of children's books about a 4th grade boy, Hank Zipzer, who is dyslexic. Winkler also has the learning disability, which was not diagnosed until he was 31 and his stepson Jed, who was in the third grade, was tested; the dyslexia was an unhappy part of his childhood. Winkler has published 17 books about his hero Zipzer, the "world's greatest underachiever."
    In December 2013, Winkler reprised his role of Captain Hook in Peter Pan at the Richmond Theatre in South West London.
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    Between 2013 and 2015, Winkler appeared in 9 episodes of Parks and Recreation as Dr. Saperstein, father of Jean-Ralphio and Mona-Lisa.
    More Details Hide Details He stars in the TV adaption of his Hank Zipzer book series as the teacher, Mr. Rock. Mr. Rock was based on a music teacher Winkler had in high school at McBurney. Winkler said that the real Mr. Rock believed in him, was the only teacher there who he felt did. In March 2010, Winkler was cast in a recurring role on USA Network's Royal Pains, as Hank and Evan's ne'er-do-well father Eddy. Winkler is a spokesman for reverse mortgages through Quicken Loans. Winkler's audition for the Yale School of Drama was a Shakespeare monologue, which he promptly forgot, so he made up his own Shakespeare monologue. Out of a class of 25 actors, 11 finished. During summers, he and his classmates opened a summer stock theater called New Haven Free Theater, putting on various plays including Woyzeck, and an improv night. The company put on a production of The American Pig at the Joseph Papp Public Theater for the New York Shakespeare Festival in New York City. In June 1970, after graduating from Yale, Winkler was asked to be part of the Yale Repertory Theatre company, which included James Naughton and Jill Eikenberry.
  • 2012
    Age 66
    Winkler appeared in the film Here Comes the Boom, released October 12, 2012, as the music teacher at Wilkinson High School.
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    In August 2012, Winkler announced on Twitter that he would be returning to the fourth season of Arrested Development.
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  • 2011
    Age 65
    Order of the British Empire In September 2011, Winkler was appointed an Honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to children with special educational needs and dyslexia in the UK.
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    In 2011, Winkler guest starred as Ambush Bug in the series finale of Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
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  • 2010
    Age 64
    In late September 2010, Winkler provided the voice of Professor Nathaniel Zib in the Lego Hero Factory mini-series, Rise of the Rookies.
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    In the summer/fall 2010 season, Winkler joined the cast of Adult Swim's television adaptation of Rob Corddry's web series Childrens Hospital, playing a stereotypically feckless hospital administrator.
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  • 2009
    Age 63
    In 2009, Winkler provided the voice of Willard Deutschebog, a suicidal German teacher, in the Fox comedy series, Sit Down, Shut Up.
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  • 2008
    Age 62
    In 2008, he appeared in two Christmas movies, in the Hallmark Channel movie The Most Wonderful Time of the Year as a retired cop who plays matchmaker between his niece and a drifter he befriends, and in Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh as the judge who orders Drake and Josh to give a young girl "the best Christmas ever" or be sent to jail.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2003
    Age 57
    Winkler was reunited as a guest star on Ritter's sitcom 8 Simple Rules (for Dating my Teenage Daughter) in 2003 by Ritter's request.
    More Details Hide Details On September 11, Ritter became ill during filming, and unexpectedly died. A stunned, grief-stricken Winkler was interviewed by Mary Hart of Entertainment Tonight and various other entertainment news sources.
  • 1999
    Age 53
    In 1999 he became an executive producer for the Disney Channel original series, So Weird.
    More Details Hide Details He would later make a special guest appearance in the second season's Halloween episode titled "Boo". The Waterboy sparked a fast friendship, and ongoing professional relationship, between Sandler and Winkler. He would go on to appear in three other Sandler films: Little Nicky (2000, where he plays himself, covered in bees), Click (2006, as the protagonist's father), and You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008, again playing himself). He also had small roles in movies such as Down to You (2000), Holes (2003), and I Could Never Be Your Woman (2007). Winkler had a recurring role as incompetent lawyer Barry Zuckerkorn in the Fox Television comedy Arrested Development. In one episode, his character hopped over a dead shark lying on a pier, a reference to his role in the origin of the phrase, from a two-part episode of Happy Days, "jumping the shark." After that episode, Winkler, in interviews, stated that he was the only person to have "jumped the shark" twice.
  • 1996
    Age 50
    In 1996, his scene-stealing, uncredited role in Scream (as foul-mouthed high school principal Arthur Himbry) thrust his onscreen career back into the mainstream.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly afterwards, Adam Sandler asked Winkler to appear in The Waterboy (1998).
  • FORTIES
  • 1994
    Age 48
    In 1994, he returned to TV with the short-lived comedy series Monty on Fox and co-starred with Katharine Hepburn in the holiday TV movie One Christmas.
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  • 1991
    Age 45
    In 1991 he starred in the controversial made-for-television film Absolute Strangers, as a husband forced to make a decision regarding his comatose wife and his unborn baby.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1985
    Age 39
    He produced several television shows including MacGyver, So Weird, and Mr. Sunshine, in all of which productions he was partnered with Rich; Sightings, in which Daniels was involved; the 1985 made-for-television film Scandal Sheet, for which he was executive producer; and the game shows Wintuition and Hollywood Squares (the latter from 2002–2004, occasionally serving as a sub-announcer).
    More Details Hide Details He also directed several movies including the Billy Crystal movie Memories of Me, (1988) and Cop and a Half (1993) with Burt Reynolds. As the 1990s began, Winkler returned to acting.
  • 1979
    Age 33
    Winkler was also one of the hosts of the 1979 Music for UNICEF Concert.
    More Details Hide Details After Happy Days ended, Winkler concentrated on producing and directing. Within months of the program's cancellation, he and John Rich had collaborated to establish Winkler-Rich Productions; whenever Rich or Ann Daniels was uninvolved, his company was called Fair Dinkum Productions. He chose the name in a nod to Australia, where the term 'fair dinkum' is a national slang.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1973
    Age 27
    Although Winkler had already shot the film, The Lords of Flatbush, he was relatively unknown. In 1973, a year before that film was released, producer Tom Miller was instrumental in Winkler getting cast for the role of Arthur Herbert Fonzarelli, nicknamed "The Fonz" or "Fonzie", in Happy Days, which first aired in January 1974.
    More Details Hide Details For Happy Days, director/producer Garry Marshall originally had in mind a completely opposite physical presence. Marshall sought to cast a hunky, blonde, Italian model-type male in the role of Fonzie, intended as a stupid foil to the real star, Ron Howard. However, when Winkler interpreted the role in auditions, Marshall immediately snapped him up. According to Winkler, "The Fonz was everybody I wasn't. He was everybody I wanted to be." Winkler's character, though remaining very much a rough-hewn outsider, gradually became the focus of the show as time passed (in particular after the departure of Ron Howard). Initially, ABC executives did not want to see the Fonz wearing leather, thinking the character would appear to be a criminal. The first 13 episodes show Winkler wearing two different kinds of windbreaker jackets, one of which was green. As Winkler said in a TV Land interview, "It's hard to look cool in a green windbreaker". Marshall argued with the executives about the jacket. In the end, a compromise was made. Winkler could only wear the leather jacket in scenes with his motorcycle, and from that point on, the Fonz was never without his motorcycle until season 2. Happy Days ended its run in 1984.
  • 1970
    Age 24
    In 1970, Winkler earned an M.F.A. degree from the Yale School of Drama.
    More Details Hide Details In 1978, Emerson awarded Winkler an honorary D.H.L. degree. Winkler has also received an honorary D.H.L. degree from Austin College. Winkler said he had wanted to be an actor from the time he was a young child. Winkler's first job on television was as an extra on a game show in New York. He received $10 for the role. After working in theater and getting fired from a play in Washington, Winkler moved to New York City and supported himself by appearing in television commercials, one year doing over 30. He was able to support himself with the commercial work so he could do theater for free at Manhattan Theater Club. He also appeared in episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Bob Newhart Show.
  • 1967
    Age 21
    In 1967, Winkler received his B.A. degree from Emerson College.
    More Details Hide Details At Emerson, he was a member of the Alpha Pi Theta Fraternity.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1963
    Age 17
    Winkler attended P.S. 87 on W. 78th Street and then graduated from McBurney School in 1963, both of which were located in Manhattan's Upper West Side neighborhood.
    More Details Hide Details Winkler said he did not graduate with his class because of his learning disability and problems with a geometry class, which he finally passed after attending summer school.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1945
    Born
    Born on October 30, 1945.
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