Henry Winkler Receives OBE From the Queen

Henry Winkler appointed OBE (Pic: BBC)

Henry Winkler, best known for playing The Fonz on TV’s Happy Days, has been appointed OBE (Order of the British Empire) by the Queen of England. The BBC are reporting that Winkler has been honored for touring UK schools enlightening children about dyslexia and reading from his books featuring a young hero, Hank Zipzer (who has the affliction.) Good on ya, Henry!

Here’s a quote:

“Mr Sheinwald said: “Through [Winkler], thousands of young people have seen a role model and an inspiration for overcoming their learning challenges.”

Winkler shot to fame playing Arthur Fonzarelli – a leather-jacket clad, motorcycle-riding, ladies’ man, who was the epitome of “cool” – in Happy Days, which ran over a decade from 1974.

The Queen makes honorary awards to non-British citizens on the advice of the UK Foreign Office. It is not clear whether she is a fan of the Fonz.”

Winkler as Arthur Fonzarelli. Happy Days made its debut January, 1974.

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