October 7, 2001
THE KIDS, AND there were plenty of them in the crowded auditorium, saw Henry Winkler as a brilliant and very funny speaker, a man who overcame dyslexia to become a successful actor, producer and director. But when I looked at the stage at Calvert Hall College High School in Towson, I saw the character Winkler made famous: the Fonz, that leather-jacketed greaser of Happy Days. He's a quarter-century older now, silver-haired, a little wider at the waist. But still he's the Fonz. I expected Winkler to turn thumbs up and render Fonzie's patented "Aaayh!"
September 7, 2004
On September 4, 2004, LAWRENCE JOHN; beloved husband of the late Rose (nee Everhardt); devoted brother of the late Anna Swanberg and Henry Winkler, Sr.; devoted uncle of Doris Peterson, Shirley Appleton and Gerald Winkler and the late Eugene Winkler and Henry Winkler, Jr. Also survived by nieces, nephews and other friends. Funeral Services will be held at the Lassahn Funeral Home, Inc., 7401 Belair Road, on Wednesday at 11 A.M. Interment Parkwood Cemetery. Friends may call on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 P.M.
March 26, 2006
FORT WORTH / / Hanging on an office wall at KTVT is a portrait of Michael Richards as Kramer, the hipster-doofus character the actor played on Seinfeld. Sitting in front of this portrait on a recent morning is Henry Winkler, who played 1950s hipster Fonzie on the classic sitcom Happy Days, a TV icon underneath a TV icon. As he chats, Winkler -- who now stars on the CBS sitcom Out of Practice -- could hardly seem less Fonz-like. It's not just that he's a handsome 60 now, or that he's traded in T-shirts and leather jackets for a sport coat, purple shirt and yellow tie. OUT OF PRACTICE / / Wednesdays at 8 p.m. / / CBS
November 6, 1998
"The Waterboy" attains the level of most of Adam Sandler's movies, which is to say, not very high. But that will be enough if audiences check their brains at the door to enjoy this amiable, silly and human story of a mama-smothered young man and his rise to fame and acceptance.Sandler plays Bobby Boucher, a social misfit whose one mission is to provide good water to the college football team he works for in the Louisiana bayou. He's a relentless perfectionist, boiling the stuff to guarantee its purity, even offering spring water as an alternative.
April 2, 1993
"Cop and a Half" ought to be called "The Cutie and the Beast."More a concept than an actual story, it features a gruff and sweaty Burt Reynolds as a blowhard macho police detective ordered to fill in as dad to an ultra-adorable 8-year-old who's witnessed a crime. The youth, played by Norman Golden II, has all the good lines; Reynolds merely snorts and growls at the edge of the frame, models his toupee, and eventually is called upon to melt a little.Young Golden is a find. One of those kids seemingly unaffected by the presence of film cameras, screaming assistant directors, a worried producer and the Fonz himself (Henry Winkler, the director)
January 13, 2005
NEXT WEEK IN LIVE Getting ready for the water at the Baltimore Boat Show ... Visiting a wolf sanctuary and Lancaster County, Pa. ... Chatting with Ambrosia Parsley of the pop group Shivaree, whose new album just came out. COMING UP Actor Henry Winkler -- also an acclaimed director, producer and author -- is this year's celebrity honoree at "Heartfest 2005" Saturday at Martin's West. The 15th annual event features an evening of heart-healthy gourmet dining, dancing and education, as well as book signings by Winkler (Hank Zipzer)