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Saturday 31 January 2015

Winkler recalls those Happy Days

Henry Winkler had fond memories of Happy Days
Henry Winkler had fond memories of Happy Days

Henry Winkler OBE has revealed he has kept some memorabilia from Happy Days.

The 65-year-old actor, who is still famously recognised as the Fonz from the 70s sitcom, confessed he couldn't resist taking a few souvenirs from the set, including one of his character's signature jackets.

"I did, I think I'm a closet hoarder. I have one of those (Fonz) jackets," he said.

He added: "There was a piece of pine wood right by the entrance when we came into Arnold's. I wrote on that piece of wood for years. 'Ron Howard just had his new baby girl', or 'It's the beginning of the seventh season'. I would write all these markers and then took the piece of wood with me."

Henry - who's backing the First News My Way! campaign to raise awareness of children with learning difficulties - is surprised his alter-ego continues to be remembered fondly.

"Still to this day I am treated with such warmth anywhere in the world," he admitted.

The character of the Fonz, which propelled him to household fame, started off as a minor role.

"For the first year it was a small part and as the letters grew the part grew, and eventually the next year I got 50,000 letters a week from all over the world. It was so scary to leave my apartment when I was not working. I wanted something to do, so I read all that fan mail. What a trip that was."

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