Henry Winkler Reflects on 50 Years of ‘Happy Days’ and Gratitude for Still Standing

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Henry Winkler, known for his iconic role as Fonzie in the hit sitcom “Happy Days,” expressed his gratitude and excitement for the show’s upcoming 50th anniversary. The actor spoke with Fox News Digital at the Critics Choice Awards, where he was nominated for best supporting actor in a comedy series for his work in “Barry.”

When asked about the show’s milestone, Winkler humorously remarked, “50 years? Where’s my walker?” Despite the passage of time, the 78-year-old actor is amazed at his enduring success and expressed how grateful he is to still be standing strong in the entertainment industry.

Reflecting on his time on “Happy Days,” Winkler cherished the experience and revealed that he remains close with his castmates. In fact, he recently spoke with Ron Howard, who played Richie Cunningham on the show, and emphasized the family-like bond they all shared during the filming of the beloved series.

“Happy Days” first premiered on ABC on January 15, 1974, and quickly became one of the most successful sitcoms of all time. Set in the 1950s and 60s Midwest, the show followed the adventures of Richie Cunningham and his friends and family. Winkler’s character, the leather jacket-clad Arthur “The Fonz” Fonzarelli, became a pop culture icon and helped propel the show to even greater heights.

Despite his character’s immense popularity, Winkler remained humble and careful not to let his success overshadow the ensemble nature of the show. In his memoir, “Being Henry: The Fonz…and Beyond,” he admitted to never flaunting his achievements on set and always prioritizing the importance of teamwork and camaraderie.

Winkler also acknowledged the influence and impact of his co-star, Ron Howard. From Howard, Winkler learned the importance of professionalism and authenticity in one’s work. Observing Howard’s grounded demeanor and strong work ethic, Winkler gained valuable insights that shaped his own approach to acting.

As “Happy Days” approaches its monumental 50th anniversary, fans continue to reminisce about the show’s impact on popular culture. With its memorable characters and timeless themes, the series has left an indelible mark on television history. And Henry Winkler, forever known as Fonzie, stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of this iconic sitcom.