Finally Wins an Emmy!
He earned his first Primetime Emmy nomination in 1976 for his legendary role as the lovable greaser Arthur “The Fonz” Fonzarelli on Happy Days, and more than four decades later, Henry Winkler finally won one as Bill Hader’s endearingly batty acting teacher on HBO’s Barry. “I wrote this 43 years ago,” Henry quipped of his speech as the audience gave him a standing ovation. He quoted something Hollywood agent Skip Brittenham told him long ago: “If you stay at the table long enough, the chips come to you,” adding, “Tonight I got to clear the table.” Later, he said, “I was 27 when I started doing The Fonz. I’m now 72 and I’m standing right here in front of you with her [the Emmy statuette.] Wow.” Or as Fonzie himself might’ve put it, “Ayyyyyyy!”
“Be yourself, be honest and prepare so you’re not a flash in the pan.”
— Henry’s advice to actors
“Pals at the Emmys,” he wrote of his reunion with Happy Days co-star Ron Howard Henry andRon as Fonzie and Richie in 1978