‘Happy Days’ Star Henry Winkler Returns to the Set of ‘Barry’ To Film Season 3

by Jennifer Shea

“Happy Days” star Henry Winkler is not releasing any major spoilers from Season 3 of his HBO show “Barry,” which recently resumed filming.

But on Monday, Winkler did tweet an image of a poster reading, “The Elephant Man. Produced & Directed by Gene Cousineau. Tickets on sale now $8.00 – $12.50. December 1st through December 7th, 7:00 p.m.”

“First day back on the BARRY set..,” Winkler tweeted. “Season 3.”

‘Barry’ Cut Off Due to Pandemic

Season 3 of the HBO comedy was originally supposed to film in March of last year. In fact, Winkler, Bill Hader and the rest of the cast were doing script readings when they got the call telling them production had to be shut down.

“We were at the table, reading the first four scripts,” Winkler told CBS News last year. “And we were gonna come back the next day and read three and four. [We] went home. And never went back.”

The cast kept in touch during their extended hiatus through a group chat, the “Happy Days” star explained. They sent each other jokes, commiserated about their anxieties, checked in, sent virtual hugs and so on.

Now, finally, more than a year later, the cast is back on set. And the good news is, showrunners Hader and Alec Berg have Season 4 already written. So for fans, there’s not likely to be as long a wait between Seasons 3 and 4 as there was between Seasons 2 and 3.

‘Happy Days’ Star Won an Emmy for His Portrayal of Gene Cousineau

Meanwhile, Winkler has to be happy to be out of the house and back on set playing acting coach Gene Cousineau.

The “Happy Days” star won a Primetime Emmy Award in 2018 for his portrayal of Cousineau. After multiple nominations over the years, including three for his portrayal of Fonzie on “Happy Days,” Winkler could finally take home a golden statuette.

“And she’s got wings! So, in the morning, you never know where you’re going to find her!” Winkler joked to CBS. “But what a thing. I am, for all time, an Emmy-winner.”

Winkler admitted he endured some lean years after playing The Fonz on “Happy Days.” He has said it took him about eight years to get a good role after that. But he stuck with it, also branching out into directing and producing, and, after being diagnosed with dyslexia at age 31, writing books.

“If I did not understand gratitude before that [Emmy win], just that I had a dream that I would not be a flash-in-the-pan,” Winkler said. “I had a dream that I would just continue, and I did, through the help of some wonderful friends, through tenacity. Amazing!”