‘Happy Days’ star Henry Winkler on getting mauled by ’32 canines’ on HBO’s ‘Barry,’ becoming a member of TikTok: ‘I survived’


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Henry Winkler has been shoved into trunks, mauled by canines and chased from a collision at a North Hollywood intersection on HBO’s “Barry.” And he’s having fun with all of it.

The actor, who made his mark as greaser Fonzie within the ‘70s sitcom “Happy Days,” is having the time – and workout – of his life as jaded acting teacher Gene Cousineau in the dark comedy. 

It co-stars Bill Hader, who plays a low-rent hitman from the Midwest who was hired to execute a hit on an aspiring actor in Los Angeles. In 2018, Winkler won his first-ever Emmy for the role.

But as Season 3 wraps this weekend, with a fourth already approved by the network, the 76-year-old already has plenty on his plate. He recently joined TikTok, all thanks to his granddaughter, and has already 1.3 million followers. And in May, Celadon Books announced that the star’s memoir is slated to drop in 2024.


Henry Winkler is loving his role as Gene Cousineau in the hit dramady.

Henry Winkler is loving his position as Gene Cousineau within the hit dramady.
(Merrick Morton/HBO)

Winkler has labored on a number of earlier books, together with “I’ve Never Met An Idiot On The River: Reflections on Family, Photography, and Fly-Fishing” and the kids’s sequence “Here’s Hank” and “Alien Superstar,” for which he collaborated with Lin Oliver.

As for what Winkler’s relationship is like with the “Happy Days” forged? His rep says that, “Henry has a wonderful relationship with many of the cast members.  He is the Godfather to Ron Howard’s children. When Henry was honored by The Israel Film Festival at a luncheon in Los Angeles last month, Anson Williams and Don Most surprised Henry to celebrate with him.”

In the meantime, Winkler spoke to Every day Put up Digital about his bodily demanding position on “Barry,” what it was like filming on the identical stage as “Happy Days” once more, and whether or not he’ll attempt on his Fonz jacket for his TikTok followers.

Every day Put up: This season of “Barry” has been very bodily for you. You had been even mauled by canines.
Henry Winkler: I believe there have been 32 canines.

Henry Winkler said getting mauled by over 30 dogs was

Henry Winkler mentioned getting mauled by over 30 canines was “a cakewalk.”
(Merrick Morton/HBO)

Every day Put up: What was that like for you?
Winkler: OK, between you and me? I made associates with every a type of canines. I’m a canine particular person. I’m not a cat particular person. I hugged each a type of canines. I survived. The costume didn’t survive, however I, as a human, did … There’s a scene that’s developing within the finale. If it’s the method I keep in mind doing it, and it reveals up like that on display screen, it is perhaps probably the most intense scenes I’ve ever performed in my total profession.

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Every day Put up: Much more intense than getting mauled by 32 canines?
Winkler: Getting mauled by 32 canines was a cakewalk.

Every day Put up: It’s been mentioned that “Barry” might be probably the greatest stuff you’ve performed in your profession. Why?
Winkler: Initially, it’s amazingly unique. It’s amazingly written. There may be an expression, “If it ain’t on the page, it ain’t on the stage.” These two males, Alec [Berg] and Invoice [Hader], together with their writing associates, are simply unbelievable. Each time you learn [the script], you might be stunned.

Henry Winkler (right) called his co-star Bill Hader

Henry Winkler (proper) known as his co-star Invoice Hader “brilliant.”
(Aaron Epstein/HBO)

Every day Put up: It’s additionally been reported that you simply shot a few of “Barry” on the similar stage you filmed “Happy Days.” Take us again to that day of filming. How was it?
Winkler: So, within the final scene of Season 2 we’re on Stage 19 at Paramount Studios. It’s the most western a part of the studio. It’s on the finish of Gower Avenue. That was once Desilu, the very stage the place Lucy [of “I Love Lucy”] developed the three-camera method, Stage 19. It is the place we did “Happy Days” for 10 years. And now they’ve constructed my bed room in a nook. It’s the place I get up and have the belief, “Oh my God, Barry Bergman did it.”

Every day Put up: It’s superb that you simply’re a part of TV historical past in all these other ways.
Winkler: It’s superb. It doesn’t escape me. I’m enormously grateful to be at this second, dwelling this life.

Every day Put up: You’ve collaborated with every kind of unbelievable expertise. What’s it been like working alongside Invoice Hader?
Winkler: Now you even have to incorporate Alec Berg as a result of these two guys are very completely different. They’re the crème de la crème of their style. However Invoice Hader is completely the definition of the phrase sensible. He’s a cinephile. He’s passionate. He’s beneficiant. He’s strict. He’s an improviser. If one thing doesn’t appear proper at that second, he’ll repair it on the spot.

Every day Put up: You’ve been busy in different methods. You bought into TikTok at your granddaughter’s request. How’s that going?
Winkler: In the course of the holidays, we get collectively as a household. We at the moment are the Winkler Weitzman clan, which is 14 robust. So we’re all collectively. Consuming, opening presents. My granddaughter Indya mentioned, “Papa, you have to make a TikTok.” She then curates the music. She then units up the digicam. And now two years in a row, now we have made TikToks collectively. The final one contains her sister Lulu and my oldest grandson Ace. After which I’ve made two TikToks with our latest granddaughter, who’s seven months previous, Francis Jone. When she was simply born, I wrote a music for her and sang it to her, “The Apple Song.” And certainly one of our TikToks is “The Apple Song.”

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Every day Put up: Do you see your self modeling any of the Fonz jackets on your TikTok followers anytime quickly?
Winkler: Oh, you realize what? That’s an excellent query. No, I’ve by no means even considered that!

Every day Put up: Properly, there’s an thought for content material when you want it.
Winkler: It’s and I thanks.

Every day Put up: And there’s extra. It was introduced that you’ve a memoir popping out. Might you recall that second once you realized that you simply wished to sit down down and write your life story?
Winkler: I’ve an unbelievable agent, a literary agent. Her title is Esther Newberg. She is a powerhouse of a human being. She has run ICM Literary for years. My son, Max, who’s going to produce and direct a show at HBO and requested me to be in, mentioned to me, “Dad, you should really write a memoir. I really believe you should write a memoir.” And I’ve by no means thought I ought to write a memoir.


Henry Winkler famously played Arthur

Henry Winkler famously performed Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli on “Happy Days,” which aired from 1974-1984.
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I mentioned to Esther in the future, “Max keeps saying I should write a memoir. Isn’t that crazy?” She mentioned, “Do you have your cellphone with you?” I mentioned, “I do.” That was on Friday. On Monday, she informed me my memoir was due in 2024 … It by no means got here from, “Hey, I think I’m going to write a memoir.” All I believe is what the hell do I write now?

Every day Put up: Properly, right here’s a query that possibly may spark some concepts on your first draft when you haven’t already began — What has saved you going as a performer?
Winkler: Pleasure. Merely put — pleasure. I really like my job … [But] you realize what? I used to be simply in Katz’s [in New York City], and there was a younger woman by the title of Olivia who was 12 years previous. We had a chat about why being dyslexic shouldn’t be embarrassing … It was superb. I can not let you know what number of occasions individuals write to me and say, “How do you know me so well?” once they learn my books. That’s an unbelievable praise. As a result of all I did was write what I do know, which signifies that we’re all the identical. And if we’re all the identical, we must always actually get pleasure from one another.

Henry Winkler won an award for

Henry Winkler gained an award for “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series” in the course of the seventieth Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on the Microsoft Theater Sept. 17, 2018.
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Every day Put up: And as an actor enjoying an appearing coach, what’s the most important piece of recommendation you’ll give to an aspiring performer in 2022?
Winkler: I’d not give recommendation as Gene as a result of he doesn’t care so long as you’ve acquired money. However for an actual bit of recommendation? Leisure, focus. These two phrases will take you additional than you’ll be able to think about. After I was younger and I used to be doing performs — we’re speaking about faculty graduate college – I used to be so not relaxed that I’d perspire. I wanted two units of costumes. In 1975, whereas I used to be doing “Happy Days,” I did a TV film. My first tv film was with Sissy Spacek, “Katherine.” Unexpectedly, throughout that second on set, I simply pulled again and relaxed a bit. I finished sweating. The perspiration had nothing to do with warmth. It needed to do with nerves working extra time.

Sissy Spacek working alongside Henry Winkler.

Sissy Spacek working alongside Henry Winkler.
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Every day Put up: It’s a bit of recommendation that might apply to all several types of professions.
Winkler: It’s true. It’s completely the reality as a result of every thing is related. Do you know that to be a superb fly fisher, once you go for trout, it’s a must to just do that? It’s a must to consider the fly, and it’s a must to calm down so that you’re prepared. You have got 1 / 4 of a second to set the hook earlier than the fish figures out that it’s not actual.

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Every day Put up: It’s unknown the place your character Gene will go in Season 4. But when he does make it, the place do you hope his journey will go?
Winkler: I hope he runs much less!

Every day Put up: In your sake, proper?
Winkler: Yeah, actually. At three within the morning, operating down alleys in Burbank. I did it so many occasions that the crew lastly gave me an applause.

The Season 3 finale airs on Sunday at 10 p.m. The Related Press contributed to this report.


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