Henry Winkler Auctiones Fonzie “Happy Days” Leather Jacket – The Hollywood Reporter


Happy Days greaser Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli, one of the icons of cool on the small screen, was known for his motorbike, white t-shirts, jeans and, above all, his dark brown leather jacket. One of the jackets was donated to the Smithsonian in 1980. Only a few others are known.

Now Henry Winkler, famous for playing the Fonz on the ’50s-themed show, is selling one of the character’s jackets, which he has had in his personal possession for decades, at an auction. taking place on December 8 in Bonhams Los Angeles. The jacket will be sold as part of a Fonzie Complete Outfit which includes an original pair of blue jeans, a T-shirt and biker boots; the group has an estimate of $ 50,000 to $ 70,000. The items are part of the Henry Winkler collection of 26 lots, which is included in the TCM Bonhams sale.

“During the pandemic, I wanted to do the spring cleaning except that it lasted a year and a half”, explains Winkler, in an interview with Hollywood journalist, why he’s selling the parts now. “I found 27 boxes, and these boxes were filled with memories of Happy Days at The water boy at Scream. “These boxes contained everything from collections of t-shirts and hats to” the book I kept on the sidelines in The water boy to make plays ”, he says, plus“ two masks of Scream that I cut off the screen and the prop people gave them to me because they weren’t going to be used anymore. Winkler, who appeared as principal Himbry in the 1996 film, sells one of the Scream Ghost masks; he has an estimate of $ 20,000 to $ 30,000.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Bonhams will go to support the association It’s about humanity, which was co-founded by the daughter of actor Zoe Winkler. “She started this with two friends to take care of the children who were separated from their parents at the border,” says Winkler.

Winkler actually had two original Fonzie leather jackets at home, one of which is on sale. The second, he keeps it.

Winkler leather jacket from Happy Days.
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Winkler says he knows only five others: the Smithsonian; one that was “stolen from the Paramount costume department – it was the very first I ever wore,” he says; the one that got destroyed after “we ripped off the liner to water ski when we jumped the shark [on Happy Days]”And two that were in the possession of series creator Garry Marshall.

Winkler tells THR he did not try the Happy Days jacket which he sells before parting with it: “I would have cried. I think I would have removed the zipper from the liner.

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A US Army shirt worn by Winkler as Fonzie, estimated between $ 2,000 and $ 3,000.
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As part of the Bonhams sale, Winkler also sells a pair of mechanical overalls he wore in Happy Days, a jacket he wore in Ron Howard’s Night watch, and a pair of cowboy boots he wore in the movie Lords of Flatbush and later under the name Fonzie. “I like to take something from one thing and use it in another, so I bought these boots on 23rd Street in New York for Lords of Flatbush and then I brought them with me to wear them like the Fonz, ”he says.

Winkler – who stars this month in new Wes Anderson movie The French dispatch – says that what he still cherishes most about appearing on Happy Days is that “I loved people. They are still my friends. Tomorrow I’m taking Marion Ross to lunch for her 93rd birthday. Ron [Howard] is like my brother, my younger brother; and [fellow castmembers] Anson [Williams] and Donny [Most], we talk all the time.

As part of his “spring cleaning,” Winkler admits, “I realized that I honestly am a hoarder. I save everything, believing it will end up being useful or important. I mean, I’m talking about jewelry boxes. Little boxes of different sizes, kinda stacked up like a Russian doll, and I’ve kept them for 40 years thinking I’m going to get someone a present that’s going to be that big, and I’ll have the box to put it on. Except that I never found the gift to put in the box. Rummaging through his things, he realized that he had also kept the following items: “A complete set of Happy Days collectible cards, still in the cellophane; the rubber head of an alien from the series Observations that I produced; a can of fresh air from Winnipeg, Canada; every political pin I’ve had in my adult life; and an unopened box of M & Ms from [once going on] Air Force One. I was never able to get on it; I have to stick to it. They were all at my house in a storage area.

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Overalls mechanic worn by Winkler on Happy Days, which have an estimate of $ 6,000 to $ 8,000.
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Winkler notes that his hoarding has not reached an extreme: “I don’t have a newspaper in the hallway.

Currently, the actor is filming the third season of HBO’s acclaimed comedy. Barry. “I am so sad that we are approaching the end of the season. Oh my God, this is amazing and it is not hyperbole. I think that’s the most intense character, that moment in season three, of my entire career, [which started] June 30, 1970. That’s when I got $ 173 a week with the Yale Repertory Theater and we did a season in East Hampton, Long Island, at the John Drew Guild Theater. I am so serious. Will he share anything about the plot of season three? “No, because I want to be alive to do the fourth season,” he said of the secrecy surrounding the shoot. “You can’t even invite a friend to the set. “

He also notes that on Barry, he continues his tradition of wearing something for a role that has personal meaning. “I wear the Garry Marshall tie as a tribute to my mentor. It was a real tie of his that was given to me by the family. I miss him all the time.

In addition to his acting, Winkler is also an author of children’s books with his longtime writing partner, Lin Oliver. Their series Hank Zipzer tells the story of a dyslexic boy named Hank, while their latest book, Alien Superstar: Hollywood vs. Galaxy came out this month. “It’s part of a trilogy about a 13-year-old alien landing on the backlot of Universal and, I don’t know how it happened, but he got a job in a sitcom as a alien because he already had the costume, Winkler says.