There aren’t too many actors whose characters are represented in the Smithsonian Institution as being, well, an American institution, but Henry Winkler’s Fonzie is one of them. Though he’s gone on to have a long and diverse show business career, Winkler will forever be linked to the iconic ’70s sitcom Happy Days, and he’s fine with that. As he tells it, working on the show was one of the best experiences he’s ever had, and he attributes a lot of that to the way the show was run by its creator and executive producer, the late Hollywood legend Garry Marshall. (Click on the media bar below to hear Henry Winkler)
These days, Winkler’s keeping busy with two shows: the reality show Better Late Than Never, airing Monday nights at 9/8c on NBC, and a new HBO series with Bill Hader, Barry, which premieres on March 25.
Remembering a life that was both hilarious and heartbreaking, producer/writer/actor PENNY MARSHALL tells all (or, at least, most) in her new memoir, MY MOTHER WAS NUTS. From growing up in her mother’s dance studio to becoming the first woman to direct a movie that grossed over $100 million, MARSHALL’s story takes readers on a trip from the poor side of the Bronx to the top of the Hollywood food-chain.
As confirmed in the book, it was her brother, Garry, who first opened the door to her success by getting her roles in such TV classics as THE ODD COUPLE, HAPPY DAYS and, of course, the uber-successful LAVERNE & SHIRLEY. During our recent interview, PENNY talked about her relationship with her brother. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA LINK FOR AUDIO)
Airing tonight on USA, the fourth season finale of the popular medical series ROYAL PAINS brings back recurring star (and TV legend) HENRY WINKLER to the delightfully charming series that’s become one of the network’s biggest hits. Part medical procedural drama and part character driven comedy, the series consistently manages to fly “under-the-radar” and has become, arguably, the jewel in the USA programming crown. During our recent interview at a Television Critics Association press event, series star MARK FEUERSTEIN took a few moments (while waiting for WINKLER to arrive) to talk about how much he enjoys working with the former ‘Fonz’ of HAPPY DAYS.
The season four finale of ROYAL PAINS airs tonight on USA
Returning next month (finally!) for the 9/19 season finale of the hit USA series ROYAL PAINS, recurring star (and TV legend) HENRY WINKLER brings his usual off-beat sensibility to the delightfully charming show that has become one of the network’s biggest hits. Part medical procedural drama and part character driven comedy, the series consistently managed to be an “under-the-radar” crowd pleaser until becoming what is arguably the jewel in the USA programming crown. We sat down recently at a Television Critics Association press event with WINKLER and series star MARK FEUERSTEIN to talk about the success of the show and the former “Fonz” offered up his thoughts on what made his long-time series HAPPY DAYS such a phenomenal success.
ROYAL PAINS airs Wednesdays on USA
All eleven seasons of HAPPY DAYS are available on DVD
Tom Bosley – 2009. Photo Credit: Albert L. Ortega / PR Photos
Tom Bosley, best known as Ritchie Cunningham’s affable dad on the hit series Happy Days, has died.
Original reports claimed that the actor succumb to a staph infection in his Palm Springs home Tuesday. But since that time, his family has confirmed that he died of heart failure at a hospital near his Palm Springs home – and that he had also been battling lung cancer.
Bosley began his career on the stage – winning a Tony Award for his performance as New York City mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia in 1959.
But, it was television where he found his greatest success, first in a string of guest starring roles from Diagnosis Unknown with Patrick O’Neal to The Law and Mr. Jones starring James Whitmore.
He struck gold when he landed Happy Days, but after the show was cancelled, Bosley found success again as Father Frank Dowling on Father Dowling Mysteries, as a crime solving priest.
His final role was as Arthur in the romantic-comedy The Back-up Plan, co-starring with Jennifer Lopez and Alex O’Loughlin.