Until one occasion, when his oldest grandson dressed as Fonzie from “Happy Days,” Henry Winkler’s grandchildren were unaware of his fame.
Even though Henry, 77, had a difficult upbringing with “cruel” parents, he is an excellent grandpa to his six grandchildren. He never even got to meet his grandparents.
Actor Henry Winkler, who starred in “Happy Days,” is a great-grandfather who loves spending time with his grandchildren. A recent sweet video of him having a blast with two of his adorable grandkids was shared on TikTok.
The actor can be seen dancing about the house while holding one of his grandchildren while an older one dances all around him in the video posted during the Thanksgiving holiday.
Supporters described him as a lovable grandfather who was much more amazing as a grandparent than he was as the Fonz or Fonzy on “Happy Days.” Another person believed Winkler was a lucky grandparent for his grandkids.
Why were Henry’s grandchildren unaware of his identity?
With his portrayal as Fonzy in the 1970s and 1980s, Winkler became well-known and is still regarded as one of Hollywood’s most beloved actors. His parts in “Arrested Development,” “Night Shift,” “The Waterboy,” and his most recent picture, “Black Adam,” are among his most notable cinematic credits.
Winkler is a well-known actor who has amassed enduring renown through the years, but he is also a devoted grandfather to his six grandchildren. Strangely, Winkler revealed in an interview with Parade that despite being revered for his parts worldwide, his grandchildren were unaware of his fame as an actor.
He said that because his grandchildren were too young. The youngest was born just last year. They didn’t realize the kind of renown his name enjoyed globally and recognized him as “Papa.”
But Winkler revealed to Seth Meyers in 2021 that a few years earlier, his oldest grandchild, Ace, had given him the surprise of his life by dressing up as Fonzie for Halloween and realizing he was the character.
He admitted to Meyers that he had gone to his grandson’s house because he enjoyed giving out candy to trick-or-treaters. When Ace appeared disguised as Fonzy, he was waiting at the door.
He detailed the appearance, saying Ace had red hair pulled back and wore jeans and a faux leather jacket. The image made him laugh so hard that “My heart fell out of my body.”
He continued by saying that his grandson had just won the championship baseball game at the moment, and by the way he recounted Ace’s game, it was obvious how happy he was with his grandchild. “It is so much fun being a grandfather.”
Why Does Henry Dismiss His Grandparents as “Cruel” and Never Meet His Parents?
Winkler acknowledges that he grew up in a household where his parents didn’t think twice about touching him with their hands or any other object, including a hairbrush.
A young Henry Winkler | Source: Getty Images
The actor remembers his mother chasing and hitting him countless times for insignificant things like sticking his ear to his breakfast bowl and hearing his cereal laugh.
Most nights, he went to bed believing that he would raise his children better than his parents had. Winkler frequently questioned how it was even feasible for kids at school to claim they were going on vacation or having fun with their parents. He describes his parents as ” very critical and sometimes cruel.”
Henry Winkler and his daughter Zoe and son Max during “Click” Los Angeles Premiere – Red Carpet at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California, United States | Source: Getty Images
Since his grandparents were all sent to concentration camps, he had no role models to look up to. He also admits that he doesn’t have any amusing or entertaining stories about his parents or grandparents to tell today. He said, “I now see what it’s like being a grandparent and the way people love their grandparents, and I never had that, and I miss that.”
Max Winkler, Henry Winkler, Stacey Winkler, Zoe Winkler, and Jed Weitzman at Sportsmens Lodge on January 29, 2016, in Studio City, California | Source: Getty Images
Winkler resolved to alter history once he became a parent in light of his experiences as a youngster. He believes that if he had raised his kids differently, he would have been a better dad.
He and his wife of 44 years, Stacey Weitzman, have lovingly reared their two children, Max and Zoe. That’s not all, though.
He has shown his grandchildren gracefully and is a devoted and loving father to his children. With a grandfather who is present and caring, he wants children to experience childhood differently than he did.
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