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‘Happy Days’ Legend Henry Winkler Beautifully Explained His View on Human Nature

by Quentin Blount
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Ever wanted to know what Happy Days star Henry Winkler thinks about life? Well, if so, today is your lucky day.

Henry Winkler will always be remembered for playing the role of Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli on the 1970’s show Happy Days. The Fonz was a greaser who went on to become the breakout star of the hit show. That led to Winkler walking away with two Golden Globe Awards for his performances. Happy Days graced our television screens from 1974 until 1984.

The Fonz wound up taking on an entire personality of its own. It became more than just a man — it became an idea. Speaking of ideas, Henry Winkler is a man that’s full of them. He has always been considered one of the nicest men in Hollywood. Every time you see him, or even just pictures of him, the Happy Days star always has a big smile on his face. All of you Outsiders out there will love to hear about his fishing adventures and how happy they make him.

But it seems like any and everything makes Henry Winkler happy. Seriously, has the man ever had a bad day in his life? It doesn’t seem like it. Perhaps that can be chalked up to his philosophical outlook on life. The 75-year-old believes that all humans are one and the same. He explained as much in a previous sit down with Old Goats with host Jonathan Alter.

“It has to be about the truth about being a human being and being alive because honestly, we are all the same,” Winkler explained. “And we all want and need pretty much the same stuff.”

‘Happy Days’ Star Explains His Philosophy With a Piano Story

After initially explaining his beliefs on Old Goats, host Jonathan Alter had two questions for Henry Winkler: “Isn’t that maybe a Pollyannish view of human nature? What do you mean by ‘We’re all the same’?”

“It is not a Kumbaya, I believe it’s the very center, the very kernel of existing on earth,” Winkler began.

Winkler then tells a story about the invention of the piano, and the evolution of piano music since then. It’s most definitely an interesting way of thinking about things.

“So, let’s look at something that attracts a large number of people across hundreds of years. Somebody once said, a very long time ago, ‘Hey, I woke up this morning and I’m going to invent a piano.’ Then somebody said, ‘Wait a minute, I’m going to write music that you play on that piano.’ And then, 400 years later, there are people who say, ‘I can play that piano and that piece of music really well.’ And now I sit in the audience with an entire group of human beings, enjoying that experience, and that same experience is enjoyed all over the world.”