‘Happy Days’: Henry Winkler Completely Lied During a Photo Shoot for His Role as Fonzie

Happy days one of the largest memorable TV shows of the ’70s, and few of them forgot about Henry Winkler’s painting of Arthur Herbert Fonzarelli, better known as Fonzie. Winkler spoke at length about what it was like to get the job and get involved. And he seems to have fond memories of working on the Happy days set.

When Winkler visited Jimmy Kimmel Live!, he spoke to Jimmy Kimmel about playing Fonzie. And it turns out that Winkler told a big lie during photography as the character.

Henry Winkler played Fonzie’s landmark role on ‘Happy Days’

Winkler almost got Fonzie’s place Happy days, but it’s hard to imagine anyone else in the image post. Micky Dolenz from The Monkees almost took over, but the musician was reportedly too loud. The show’s creators thought Winkler was the best choice as he only stood at 5’6. ”

“They put me in a MacGregor T-shirt, jeans and golf jacket,” Fonzie said the BUILDING series as to when he first took up the post. “It’s very difficult to be cool in a golf jacket. I went back inside, and this time I made sure [show creator] Garry [Marshall] I’d be fine. And I had six lines first, and the rest history. ”

It wasn’t always easy for Fonzie to step into his career, though. He had dyslexia which hurt his confidence over the years. ““ I bought that I was silly, ”Winkler explained to the BUILD Series. “My parents called me a fool. My teacher … she called me a fool. You will take it with you. ”

Despite the past injury, Winkler was still able to step perfectly into the role we all know and love today.

Winkler told Jimmy Kimmel that he was telling lies while taking photos like Fonzie

Winkler visited Jimmy Kimmel Live! to talk about his role as Fonzie. And an old magazine cover of Winkler came to light.

“This is a magazine that is largely given to you,” Kimmel said. “I mean, if you go through this issue – I spent a good house looking at this issue today. He is at home with Fonzie. Kimmel then shows a Winkler magazine release that shows how the actor cooks, cleans, and removes the trash just like everyone else.

Kimmel then opened the magazine to a section that talks about “Fonzie’s secret passion.” According to the magazine, Kimmel is very passionate about pottery.

“He says you’re passionate about ceramics here,” Kimmel said. But then Winkler has the truth.

“Yes, okay, so this was like it,” Winkler explained. “This is my first picture with ABC. And they said, you have to do something. You have to be proactive. And, so they put me in front of a wheel. I have never hit clay in my life. But didn’t that look good? I looked good. ”

Winkler also lied about his favorite recipes in the magazine

Ron Howard, Anson Williams, Donny Most, and Henry Winkler from 'Happy Days'
Ron Howard, Anson Williams, Donny Most, and Henry Winkler from ‘Happy Days’ | Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Walt Disney Photo Archives / Television via Getty Images

Winkler’s love of clay was not the only lie told in the magazine. Kimmel picked up a section that shared the actor’s favorite recipes – and Winkler realized he wasn’t too much of a chef at all.

“Now, this is when you know you’re done,” Kimmel said while pointing off the recipes section. “Henry Winkler’s favorite recipes! Roast pot, potato pancakes, and chocolate mousse. ”

“I never made this food,” Winkler told Kimmel. “But, they are my favorite! Stacey, my wife, makes an incredible roast. I love potato pancakes with appleauce and sour cream. And chocolate mousse was once my favorite dessert. ”

“I feel like my whole childhood is a lie now,” Kimmel said.

“I ate that, I just didn’t do that,” Winkler joked back.

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