"Everyone Called Me Stupid!" Henry Winkler Reveals The Truth About His Life Before Happy Days Audition

Date February 27, 2018 15:14

Dyslexic Henry Winkler speaks about his childhood and the challenges he went through while being unaware of the disease. For such people the biggest obstacle is not physical but rather moral as the reaction of others who see the difference in the behavior may influence the life of the dyslexic. Fortunately, Henry didn't give up when people called him stupid.


Rich career

The former Fonzie character from the popular Happy Days began his career in 1974 when he played a gang member in the film The Lords of Flatbush.

That was not his most stunning participation, and later on Winkler appeared in such movies as The Waterboy, Night Shift, The One and Only, and many other much more successful projects.


In the latest years, Henry has gained new popularity for his participation in such films as Parks and Recreation and Sandy Wexler that were his last full-time roles in the acting career.

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Childhood problems

However, not everything was so smooth for the now 72-year-old actor at the beginning.


At the end of the XX century, Henry found out that he actually suffers from dyslexia – inability to perceive information properly despite being intellectually normal. His childhood, though, was completely not normal.

Everyone called me stupid!

Mr. Winkler recalls of endless torments that he went through while others regarded him different. Having overcome all the difficulties, Henry has become a leading Hollywood actor, confirming that dyslexia is not a verdict.

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Being inspired by his own story, he even composed a series of children books, featuring Hank Zipzer as a schoolboy having learning problems.


Later on, the stories were turned into a popular TV series, where their author also received one of the main roles.

Dyslexia issue

Even though Henry lived and achieved a lot with dyslexia, it is a real issue for the schoolchildren nowadays. Every person out of 10 in the world is dyslexic. As the disease doesn’t influence the intelligence, it is not tied to IQ. Nevertheless, it influences the ability to lead a normal life - it only makes an additional push to work harder despite all the problems and achieve the greatest tops even with the condition.


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