‘Happy Days’ Star Henry Winkler Can’t Sing and It Bugs Him

by Matthew Memrick

Legendary actor and “Happy Days” star Henry Winkler can’t sing, and it bugs him, but he’s tried over the years.

Winkler is a man of many talents. He’s got a knack for fly fishing and water skiing.

But singing isn’t his cup of tea. And the 72-year-old actor freely admits that.

“I would love to sing,” Henry Winkler said.

Jokingly, he said if reincarnation were possible, he’d like to come back as Bruce (“The Boss” Springsteen with shades of singers Sia and Brandi Carlile. What an exciting combination!

He even added late singer Leonard Cohen into the mix with his poetry stylings before emphatically saying he “really, really” wished he could sing.

Henry Winkler’s Tried Before

The “Happy Days” actor’s singing made for one hilarious scene on the show. In one episode, he attempts “Heartbreak Hotel.” Ron Howard plays guitar in the background while “Laverne and Shirley” characters Cindy Williams and Penny Marshall back him. It’s more of a scream and talking performance, but still a hit years later.

The actor got up on stage with Neil Diamond in a 1976 Los Angeles tour stop. But it wasn’t to sing the legendary singer’s “Song Sung Blue.”

Winkler admitted that he gets shy around musicians in the interview, so this fear quickly seemed to go away with Diamond.

Diamond implores Winkler to sing in his “Happy Days” character Arthur “Fonz” Fonzarelli. 

“Can you sing it like ‘The Fonz,’” Diamond begs in a special request.

Winkler gives a hilarious performance, making the funny gyrations the “Fonz” would, but he quickly gets off stage soon after that. 

Winkler said he was shy around Springsteen, Elton John, and Mick Jagger. No word if he tried any of their songs.

The actor met John Lennon and the Beatles when they appeared on “Happy Days.” Henry Winkler told Jimmy Kimmel that he was shy then too, but the two opened right up over Lennon’s “Imagine” album.

Henry Winkler Still Loves His Fans

Henry Winkler is still smitten with his fans after all these years. Whether they know him from his “Happy Days” role or more recent shows like “Arrested Development,” he is thrilled that they still care.

“I come there, most people sit behind the table, and there’s a table between them and the fan,” Winkler said. 

Freely, he admits he’ll stand and meet people. He’s committed to the time fans gave him by watching them on TV. And there’s a certain degree of respect, he said, that comes with it.

“(If) they come and say ‘Hello’ and you don’t meet them halfway, I think that is bad behavior,” Henry Winkler added.

The grandfather of five is also an Emmy Award winner for his work on the HBO series “Barry.” He plays Gene Cousineau, a hitman’s acting coach, on the show.