‘Happy Days’ Icon Henry Winkler Sends Message on What We ‘Have to Decide’ as a Nation

by Samantha Whidden

Happy Days star, Henry Winkler, is speaking out! The 75-year-old actor took to Twitter to state what the U.S. really needs right now.

Henry Winkler states in a tweet on Tuesday, “We have to decide as a Nation to keep our entire Nation Healthy.”

Henry Winkler’s fans sounded off to the post. “Always better to be part of the solution, instead of part of the problem. Those who [may qualify to receive] the shot, should. We have to protect each other, not just ourselves!” One fan wrote. Another fan states, “Every other first world western nation has some form of universal healthcare. It’s not rocket science.”

Henry Winkle Talks COVID-19 Lockdown

In a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Henry Winkler reflects on his year in lockdown, including making a movie while being away from others. “At some point, [TV director] Stephanie Laing called me, ‘I have this idea of making a COVID movie.’ I said, “Well, I have no what you’re talking about. I’m in.’ It’s Margo Martindale, Ann Dowd, Judy Greer, and these wonderful young actors, and we’re all sent a laptop, a stand, a light, a microphone, some iPhones, and miles of wire. Suddenly, I’m the cameraman, makeup artist, and costumer.”

Henry Winkler continues, “The movie’s called Shoot the Rooster. I have no idea what it looks like, all I know is that Margo Martindale is one of the great scene partners, and we were never in the same room.”

Henry also reveals that he was doing fine working on his latest children’s book, up until October 2020, when U.S. politics put him “into a hole.” Winkler explains, “I couldn’t function. It was heavy and scary. And I’ve always seen myself as that clown toy that has sand at the bottom and you hit the clown and he goes down and then he pops right back up. I just couldn’t care about writing. My mind went dark. I felt like I was stuck in molasses. Eventually, I went ‘ So be it. I’ll never do this again, that’ll be that.’ And then, somewhere in January, I climbed out of that hole, took a shower, and we’re not on Chapter 21.”

Henry’s Time Away From Acting

Also during his time away from acting, Henry has been enjoying some time outdoors and even finishing. The actor took to Twitter last week to share a snap of his recent fishing trip, which shows him holding a trout. What a way to start a Saturday,” he captions the post. 

Henry previously stated that he is planning to return to his HBO comedy series Barry this summer. In the series, Winkler plays Gene Cousineau, an acting coach and mentor of Barry (played by Bill Hader). The character notably acts as a “father figure” to the show’s main character.