Henry Winkler’s memoir, titled “Being Henry: The Fonz… and Beyond,” was released by Celadon Books. The memoir tells the life story of the beloved Hollywood figure, who became an iconic TV screen character and a champion for individuals with dyslexia.
In the 245-page book, Winkler chronologically charts his journey from playing the Fonz to his recent role in the TV show “Barry.” He shares the challenges he faced, including a difficult childhood and struggling with dyslexia.
At the age of almost 28, Winkler auditioned for the role of the Fonz on “Happy Days.” Despite his age and difficulties with reading, he managed to graduate from Yale’s drama school and land a few acting roles.
Although skeptics doubted Winkler’s ability to portray the Fonz, writer-creator Garry Marshall saw something special in him. The Fonz became immensely popular, but Winkler refused offers to spin off his character into a separate show.
After “Happy Days,” Winkler experienced anxiety about being a one-hit wonder in Hollywood. He continued to act in guest spots on various TV shows until he found success again with the series “Barry,” which earned him his first primetime Emmy.
In 2003, Winkler ventured into children’s books, co-writing a series with Lin Oliver called “Hank Zipzer: The World’s Greatest Underachiever.” The books were inspired by Winkler’s own experience with dyslexia.
Winkler’s memoir also includes input from his wife, Stacey, who provides personal reflections on various aspects of his life. The book also delves into Winkler’s experiences working with other actors, such as Robin Williams and Ron Howard.
Despite initially feeling saddness about being typecast as the Fonz, Winkler eventually came to embrace the impact the character had on his life and career.