2021: G.A.L.A. An Evening with Henry Winkler
President Christopher and Susan Fiorentino host a virtual conversation with guest Henry Winkler.
Audiences always leave Henry’s presentations inspired and entertained. Through humorous anecdotes and
inspirational life lessons about overcoming adversity to his storied career in television and entertainment, groups of all ages can learn from Henry’s speeches. His passion for supporting others is the result of a lifetime struggle with undiagnosed dyslexia. Henry has worked tirelessly to bring awareness and support to children who learn differently by advocating for changes in the educational system and informing parents and teachers about learning challenges.
Henry Winkler co-stars as acting teacher Gene Cousineau on the hit HBO dark comedy, Barry. This past September, he was the recipient of the Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy for his role on the series which stars fellow Emmy-award winning actor Bill Hader. The series will return for a second season in March 2019.
Winkler has enjoyed over four decades of success in Hollywood and continues to be in demand as an actor, producer and director.
A 1973 audition in Los Angeles forever changed the life of the Yale School of Drama graduate when producer Garry Marshall and Tom Miller cast Winkler in the iconic role of Arthur Fonzarelli, aka “The Fonz,” in the TV series Happy Days. During his 10 years on the popular sitcom, he won two Golden Globe Awards, was nominated three times for an Emmy Award and was also honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Both his famous leather jacket and Fonzie’s lunch box became part of an exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum in 1980.
Winkler is also a New York Times best-selling author. His first book, Niagara Falls, or Does It? Hank Zipzer the World’s Greatest Under-Achiever, became a bestseller. The books were inspired by Winkler’s struggle throughout his education due to his learning challenges.