Henry Winkler OBE has revealed he has kept some memorabilia from Happy Days.
The 65-year-old actor, who is still recognised as the Fonz from the 1970s 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.
“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.”