“Happy Days” was so popular that many different other celebrities would want to meet the cast. One actor recalled a special meeting.
Henry Winkler, who played The Fonz on the ABC sitcom, told Vanity Fair in 2018 that his most treasured possession is “a picture of the cast of ‘Happy Days’ with John and Julian Lennon.”
Yes, John Lennon of The Beatles brought his then-young son Julian to meet the show’s cast at Paramount Studios.
So during an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” in 2018, Winkler talked about the meeting.
‘Happy Days’ Star Said John Lennon’s Son Was Big Fan Of Show
It just so happened that Julian Lennon was a big “Happy Days” fan. John Lennon made a few calls and they ended up meeting Winkler, Ron Howard, and other members of the cast. A photo of the famed Beatle and his son, along with the cast, was shown during the Kimmel appearance.
Winkler pointed out two things from the photo. “I’m not in leather, yet,” he said. “It was puce [the jacket]. It’s very difficult to be cool in puce.”
Well, the “Happy Days” star went on to talk about the visit a bit.
Julian Lennon Would Stop By Winkler’s Office Years After First Visit
“All of the sudden, John Lennon just came to visit,” Winkler said. “And he brought with him Julian. He was so, um, he was so shy. And I didn’t know how to get into a conversation with John Lennon. Then I just started talking about his Imagine the album that he made, the solo album.”
Winkler told Kimmel there’s a cut on the record called “Mother” which, Winkler said, “was like a primal scream.”
“So I started talking to him about that,” Winkler, who played Arthur Fonzarelli on “Happy Days” for 11 seasons, said. “He opened like a flower. It was amazing. And then, 10 years later, Julian had a hit. And on the Paramount lot, they did ‘Solid Gold’. I had my offices there, I got a knock on the door and he said I don’t know if you remember me.”
“Happy Days” ran from 1974-84 on ABC, then hit the world of classic TV reruns. New generations are being introduced to The Fonz, Richie, Joanie [Erin Moran], Potsie [Anson Williams], and others every day.
The show also made stars out of Marion Ross [Marion Cunningham] and Tom Bosley [Howard Cunningham}. They had long careers in the world of show business before “Happy Days” came along. But their roles as the parents and, sometimes, advice-givers added a little extra something in each episode.
One interesting tidbit for many fans of the show. “Happy Days” was created by Garry Marshall, who also created two spinoffs, “Laverne & Shirley” and “Joanie Loves Chachi.”