Henry Winkler is the very definition of an American TV icon. After all, his signature leather jacket from Happy Days is in the Smithsonian Institution. But, instead of playing the “Don’t you know who I am? I’m The Fonz!” card to get jobs, Winkler told us he still goes out and auditions for the jobs he wants, and he explained why he does that. (Click on the media bar below to hear Henry Winkler)
Winkler’s current project, Barry, airs Sunday nights at 10/9c on HBO.
Zoey Deutchgives a standout performance in Flower as Erica, a 17-year-old girl who extorts money from middle-aged perverts in need of a little fellatio. Directed by Max Winkler (Ceremony), the feature is an inspired (and often out there) black comedy set in the San Fernando Valley, an area that both Deutch and Winkler spent their childhood.
They also share a common bond as their families are in show business. Henry Winkler is Max’s supportive dad and director Howard Deutch (Article 99) and Lea Thompson (Back to the Future, Switched at Birth) are Zoey’s parents. Growing up in the shadow of your parents’ success can be a daunting task, but Winkler has carved out a successful film and TV career while Deutch has also delivered wonderful work in her previous efforts Everybody Wants Some!! and Before I Fall. Deutch even starred and co-produced The Year of Spectacular Men which co-starred Madelyn Deutch (Madelyn also scored and penned the film). That feature was also produced by their father and marked the feature directing debut of Lea Thompson!
Click on the media bar to hear Zoey talk about the advice and support she receives from her family in regard to her career (Winkler is also heard in the clip):
Flower, co-starring Kathryn Hahnand Adam Scott, is now playing in select theaters.
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.
With a career as an author, director, and actor, William Shatner has traveled the world, and that aspect to his life made him a perfect participant on NBC’s Better Late Than Never. Shatner and the rest of the crew (Terry Bradshaw,George Foreman, Jeff Dye, Henry Winkler) are back for some more travels, and this time out they are headed to Berlin, Sweden, Barcelona, Lithuania, Madrid and Morocco. The crew’s travels to Munich were documented earlier in the month during a special preview episode on December 11.
At age 86, William Shatner is still as active as ever, and along with his work on Better Late Than Never he is also taking helicopter lessons! No matter where he goes, Shatner won’t be lugging around a ton of luggage. Click on the media bar to hear the actor explain why he’s a light traveler (Dye is also heard in the clip):
Check out the second season premiere of Better Late Than Never which airs January 1 on NBC (9 pm et/pt).
Better Late Than Neverfeatures William Shatner, comedian Jeff Dye, former boxer George Foreman, NFL legend and analyst Terry Bradshaw, and Henry Winkler traveling to Asia for a whole set of adventures.
Thanks to an long and illustrious career, Shatner has seen a healthy amount of traveling, and during our interview with the Star Trek (he’s also an Emmy winner for his work on Boston Legal) he gave us a pretty solid advice on how to travel.
“If you can get a good night’s sleep and a decent cup of coffee somewhere, you can travel anywhere,” said Shatner. I travel light. I haven’t checked in a piece of luggage in years.
Click on the media bar below to hear Shatner and Dye explain why, even though they enjoy traveling, they are both homebodies.
Better Late Than Never premieres tonight on NBC (10 pm et/pt).