Happy Days

Henry Winkler’s Symbol Of Holocaust Survival Lives On In Hollywood

Most of his relatives died in Nazi Germany, but a smuggled-out plant and its cuttings flourish across Tinseltown.

03/15/2016 - 10:48
Staff Writer

Henry Winkler, the Jewish actor best known as tough-talking Arthur Fonzarelli — aka, “The Fonz” — on the 1970s-80s TV show “Happy Days,” is earning a new reputation. As a protector of a unique Holocaust legacy.

Henry Winkler passes a leather jacket to actor Ben Freeman in 2014 to launch the London musical "Happy Days." Getty Images

Lately, His 'Happy Days' Are On The River

A talk with Henry Winkler about Jewish perseverance, his new memoir (about fly-fishing?) and life after The Fonz.
01/07/2012 - 19:00
Assistant Managing Editor

He tried out such stage names as Chester Flame and Peter Avalanche at Yale Drama School, but when he got the chance to star in TV and movies Henry Winkler stuck with the one his German refugee parents gave him.

After "Happy Days" ended, Henry Winkler said he was like "a ship with no wind in its sails."
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