‘Happy Days’ Legend Henry Winkler Wishes ‘Barry’ Co-star Bill Hader Happy Birthday in New Post

by John Jamison
(Photo by FilmMagic/FilmMagic for HBO)

The man behind Fonzie is still an acting powerhouse nearly 40 years after the last episode he filmed on “Happy Days.” In recent years, he’s landed himself some fantastic roles, including that of acting teacher Gene Cousineau on the fan-favorite HBO series “Barry.”

Bill Hader of “Saturday Night Live” fame plays the title character, Barry Berkman. And the pair seem to have developed a friendship as Winkler took to Twitter and wished Hader a happy birthday.

The “Happy Days” star has been busy over the past few years. Much of this more recent work has come in the form of animated voice acting. Fans could hardly contain themselves when they found out he was voicing a character in the upcoming “Monsters Inc.” spin-off show “Monsters at Work.”

He also has a feature film called “Shoot the Rooster” that is currently in post-production. At 75 years old, the “Happy Days” star is still hard at work.

The ‘Happy Days’ Star Will Return in the Hader-led ‘Barry’

In the show, Henry Winkler’s character serves as a father figure of sorts to Bill Hader’s Barry. Barry is a former hitman who tries to put that life behind him by throwing himself into the world of acting. And Winkler’s Gene Cousineau teaches the acting class that Barry finds himself in. Guess what? The role earned Winkler his first-ever Primetime Emmy Award in 2019. Hard to believe, considering the massive success he found on “Happy Days.”

The hit HBO show is a dark comedy with a masterful blend of humor and drama. The “Happy Days” star and the “SNL” star are both perfect for the roles. That makes sense considering Hader created the show. What’s more, Bill Hader was responsible for casting Henry Winkler in the first place. In an interview with Vulture, the co-stars talk about how Winkler landed the job.

And for all of you “Happy Days” fans out there, Winkler tells the story of when he first got to Hollywood and landed his iconic role. Take a look.