‘Happy Days’: Henry Winkler Returns as ‘Fonzie’ for First Time in 36 Years in Celeb-Studded Table Read

by Clayton Edwards
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It has been over three decades since Happy Days ended its original run. However, the show continues to be popular with audiences around the world. The show gave viewers a weekly look into 1950s Milwaukee during its original run. Now, the hit sitcom lets viewers slide back to a simpler time. In a world where the present is chaotic and the future is uncertain, nostalgic shows like this are hard to beat. That could be why its stars, especially Henry Winkler and Ron Howard, are still so popular today.

Ron Howard and Henry Winkler have both gone on to have successful careers. However, to many fans, they will always be Richie and The Fonz. Winkler recently reprised his iconic character in a virtual table read of the classic Happy Days episode “The Motorcycle” for charity. After all these years, he’s still got the goods.

Happy Days Virtual Table Read

People and the SAG-AFTRA Foundation teamed up to bring together a great cast for the read. Henry Winkler was the only Happy Days alum in the event. However, the rest of the cast was solid. Before we dig into the performances, let’s talk more about the event itself.

The Happy Days virtual table read was held to raise funds for the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. The money will provide financial and medical assistance as well as disaster relief for SAG-AFTRA members in need. Also, some of the money will fund scholarships for members and their families. At the same time, it will fund the foundation’s education initiatives including a children’s literacy program called Storyline Online.

The Happy Days table read took place last Monday and featured a cast of incredible actors. The read featured Glenn Close as Mrs. C, John Carroll Lynch as Mr. C, Eli Goree as Richie, Aldis Hodge as Ralph, Jamie Chung as Joanie, Luke Newton as Potsie, and Nicola Coughlan as a waitress at Arnold’s. Henry Winkler, of course, reprised his role as The Fonz.

Standout Performances

As you would expect, everyone involved turned in great performances. Other than Winkler, John Carroll Lynch was the standout. He really stepped into the role of Mr. C. He nailed the voice and speech patterns of the Happy Days patriarch.

Henry Winkler, on the other hand, was mind-blowing. Before his death, Pat Morita once said that watching Winkler turn his iconic character on was truly inspiring. One minute he was a sweet, soft-spoken kid, the next he was the tough-as-nails greaser. It was like he flipped a switch, according to Morita. He hasn’t lost that ability.

If you’ve seen interviews with Winkler lately, you know that he is worlds apart from his Happy Days character. However, in the virtual table read, it seems like Winkler is still ready to flip that switch and become The Fonz at any moment. He absolutely killed it.

If you want to check out the Happy Days virtual table read, head over to People‘s YouTube channel and check it out. You won’t be disappointed.

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