‘Happy Days’: Henry Winkler Hilariously Describes Watching the Iconic Sitcom with His Grandson

by Josh Lanier

Henry Winkler is cool. He’s always been cool. He’ll always be cool. It’s the fifth law of thermodynamics at this point. Now, as a grandfather, he’s passing on some of that to his grandchildren.

One of them went as The Fonz for Halloween, The Happy Days star told Anderson Cooper. He said he’s been showing some of his grandchildren Happy Days episodes when one of them noticed something.

“We’re sitting on this couch and we’re watching Happy Days,” Winkler said. “(My grandson) looks at me, he looks at the screen. He looks at me, he looks at the screen. Poppop your hair looks different. Yes, I dye it now,” he joked.

He’s had a lot of time recently to watch television with her grandchildren and catch up with his family. He told Cooper that much of Hollywood has been shut down because of the pandemic and is just now getting moving again. He had read a few episodes of the hit HBO show Barry just before the pandemic hit and hasn’t read anymore since March of last year.

Winkler has also been spending time reading his bestselling Hank Zipzer book series for children via Zoom to kids. See, Henry Winkler is cool.

Cooper also wanted to thank Winkler for those books. The new dad has been spending a lot of time reading to his son and appreciates when authors treat children’s literature with respect. For instance, one of the books is written from the viewpoint of a child with dyslexia, a learning disability Winkler also has. Winkler uses the books to teach kids about overcoming adversity but to ask parents and teachers to show more empathy.

Henry Winkler Has Fonzie’s Jacket

During an interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last year, Henry Winkler said he has one of the Fonzie jackets. There were only five ever made, and one of them is in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Historians consider it an American treasure.

“They made five,” Winkler said about the jacket. “They put them under lock and key, and I got one of them.”

And he doesn’t just have that iconic jacket. He has a closet full of them. Some given to him by the production companies others he just forgot to return.

His collection included the leather jacket from Lords of Flatbush that he — ahem — borrowed. He also had his sport coat from Night Shift and, the pièce de résistance, one of Fonzie’s leather jackets from Happy Days.