‘Happy Days’ Star Henry Winkler Doesn’t Believe in the Concept of ‘Normalcy’

by Joe Rutland

You may like “Happy Days” star Henry Winkler for playing “The Fonz” on TV, but don’t think you will get him to join the “normalcy” band.

Winkler, who also has been in other TV shows, movies, and authored children’s books, talked about this in an interview with Jonathan Alter of “Old Goats.”

“I think that being alive is so complicated,” Winkler said. “It is so fragile. I am 75 years old, and I finally understand there is no such concept as normalcy. There is only a lane, in which you exist, which you can travel down where you don’t destroy yourself or anybody else.

“Something chemical can move you out of the lane,” the actor-author said. “The way that you were treated at the very beginning of your life can move you out of that lane. Substance abuse can move you out of that lane. And believing you have a sense of power and want to hold on to it will pervert you.”

‘Happy Days’ Star Found Acting Fame In 1974 Film ‘The Lords of Flatbush’

Winkler’s point of view might come from the fact that he grew up as a dyslexic. He had to learn different ways about reading than other people. Still, that did not limit him when it came to roles like Arthur Fonzarelli. In fact, Winkler appeared in the Sylvester Stallone movie “The Lords of Flatbush” in 1974.

“Happy Days” made him a household name with the “Fonzie” character. When the sitcom first started, his character was more of a background actor. He was not wearing his patented leather jacket, either. It was a rather interesting character but nothing stood out.

The show’s writers, though, gradually brought “The Fonz” forward on “Happy Days.” Suddenly, fans started really wanting to see more of Winkler.

ABC got solid ratings from “Happy Days” throughout its run. When the show ended, there had been numerous spin-offs like “Mork and Mindy,” “Laverne & Shirley,” “Blansky’s Beauties,” and “Joanie Loves Chachi.”

Winkler Still Has Portion of Roy Orbison Tattoo from ‘The Waterboy’ On Him

Well, one of those movies he appeared in in recent years was “The Waterboy.”

For his role as the football coach, Winkler went all in and got a tattoo of legendary rock musician Roy Orbison on his backside.

So, people want to know what happened to the tattoo after the movie wrapped. Winkler talked about it in an interview in 2019. He, a-hem, revealed what happened to WGN-TV

Winkler said that he “had it removed by laser.” But what part of that tattoo did he keep? Those Roy Orbison glasses.  

Well, Winkler is still making movies and writing books. And yes, he’s still OK with playing “The Fonz” all these years later.