‘Happy Days’ Actor Henry Winkler Comes to 6-Year-Old’s Defense Over Art Project: ‘This is Most Wonderful’

by Josh Lanier

Henry Winkler came to the aid of a 6-year-old girl after her art teacher criticized one of her paintings. The former Happy Days star retweeted the photo and demanded to speak to the teacher.

The mother originally posted the photo, and explained the situation.

“My 6 year old daughter painted this amazing scene at an after school art club. Her art teacher told her she had done it wrong?! You can’t do art wrong! She was so upset as art is her favourite thing to do. Can you please show Edie some support and like her painting?” she tweeted.

Validation from The Fonz was all the internet needed to spread the painting far and wide. Edie’s name was trending on Twitter Thursday morning. Some people were even offering several hundred dollars to purchase the child’s landscape drawing.

The Happy Days and Barry star has a reputation for being one of the nicest people in Hollywood. But in fairness, that is a pretty great painting, Edie.

Henry Winkler Struggled In School

Henry Winkler can relate to Edie. His teachers growing up also said he wasn’t doing things the right way or not trying. The trouble wasn’t a lack of effort or focus, he is dyslexic. And it made his young life miserable.

He’s co-written an entire children’s book series called Hank Zipzer: The World’s Greatest Underachiever about a dyslexic kid that’s based partially on his childhood.

He spoke to CBS about the book series and his own struggles in school. His Jewish immigrant parents, who escaped Nazi Germany just before WWII, had little pity for him.

“They had an affectionate phrase for me: Dummer Hund. And for those of you who don’t understand German, that means ‘dumb dog.’ They were convinced that I was lazy, that I was not living up to my potential. Teachers said the same thing. So I was grounded most of my high school career.”

He didn’t realize he was dyslexic until he was 31. He discovered it when he had his step-son tested for a learning disability.

But, it oddly may have helped his acting career. That’s because he would memorize as much of the text as he could so to appear like he was reading it naturally.

“It was horrible,” he said. “It was humiliating. And It was scary. And I learned to memorize as much as I could from any page and then improvise.”

Though, Winkler said he was lucky. He knew he wanted to be an actor since he was very young. And his struggles ultimately didn’t hold him back. He graduated from Emerson College and went on to study at the prestigious Yale University School of Drama.