Henry Winkler couldn’t let go of some of his favorite items from his TV roles.
Winkler played Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli in the sitcom “Happy Days” from 1974 to 1984. He earned two Golden Globes and three Emmy Award nominations for his acting on the show. His other greaser role was in “The Lords of Flatbush” in 1974 where he plays Butchey Weinstein.
Henry Winkler and His Jackets
Winkler would go on to play a variety of different roles from “Arrested Development” to “Parks and Recreation” to “Heroes” to “Holes.” He wanted to always remember his days playing greasers in the ’70s, however, and what better way than his iconic leather jackets he wore while in character.
In a May 2020 interview on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” Winkler opens up about some props he took from his earlier days acting. In fact, he admitted that he likes to keep something from every set he’s ever been on.
He calls himself a “hoarder.” He explains that before leaving New York City he swiped his original jacket from “The Lords of Flatbush.” It has the iconic “Lords” written on the back.
“I don’t know if they gave it to me or I stole it, but I think after all these years it doesn’t much matter anymore,” Winkler said.
He also revealed one of the five jackets that were used during “Happy Days” that he got to keep. Winkler has the fun habit of remembering key moments in his life through a series of jackets. He also shared with Fallon his first-ever sports jacket that he bought once he was making enough money acting.
In all seriousness, Winkler was known for his ability to rock a leather jacket, stolen or not.
A lot of actors have the same habit as Winkler of taking or being given items from a set. Daisy Ridley was given a lightsaber from the “Star Wars” movies. Jennifer Lawrence kept Katniss’ leather jacket from “The Hunger Games.” Robert Downey Jr. even took a giant “A” from the “Avengers: Age of Ultron” set.”
Wrinkler in ‘Barry’
One of Henry Winkler’s most recent roles is in the HBO series, “Barry.” He is also on the NBC series “Better Late Than Never.”
However, his role in “Barry” allows the actor to take on an entirely different kind of role. He is typically known for his comedic and lighthearted expertise, Wrinkler is instead playing a darker role alongside Bill Hader.
The show is about a hitman from the Midwest who takes on a job with the Chechen mob in L.A. He follows his target, who is an actor having an affair with the mob leader’s wife, into an acting class. Here Gene Cousineau, Henry Winkler’s character, takes Barry under his wing.
From there, the character Barry becomes a mix of a little bit of assassin and a terrible actor.
In an interview with Parade, Winkler talked about why he took on such a different role. He was very interested and even auditioned twice.
In describing the originality of the show he said, “You know what? When you read something like this, you are reading cashmere. Most of the things you read are a cotton blend.”
The show’s third season was paused due to the pandemic. Both seasons three and four are written, but now the cast is just waiting until they can start shooting again.