380 - Henry Winkler: "The Fonz" On Finding Your Identity Again


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I interviewed “The Fonz!” aka, Henry Winkler. Henry played the Fonz on “Happy Days” for ten years. But after Happy Days ended, he got stuck. “I didn’t have a plan b,” he said. “I just lived my dream for the last ten years. And I did not have anything to replace it with. I was psychically in pain. When you don’t know what you want, it literally hurts your head. I was sad. I didn’t know what to do, so I did nothing.” He went nine years without an acting job. “It was a rudderless time,” he said. So I wondered how he got out of that rut. Because he did escape that pain… He’s in “Arrested Development" and “Barry,” which is a new Emmy nominated comedy airing on HBO.

Links and Resources

Barry on HBO

Also Mentioned

Happy Days

Paul McCartney



Yale School of Drama

Arrested Development

Adam Sandler

Gary Marshal

Mitch Horowitz

Bill Hader

Sarah Goldberg

My Interview with Brian Grazer

Sherri Thomas

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

Arthur Miller

Alec Berg

Stella Adler

Ron Howard

Robin Williams


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