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'Happy Days' Star Henry Winkler is Honored by Queen Elizabeth II

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 15th 2011 6:15AM
Henry Winkler is Awarded the OBEThe Fonz finally got his due yesterday as he was awarded one of Britain's highest civilian honors.

Actor Henry Winkler was given an honorary O.B.E. (Order of the British Empire) in a ceremony at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C.

The citation reads: "Henry Winkler, the well-known American actor and director, has been made an Honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his services to children with dyslexia and special educational needs."

Winkler, who was diagnosed with dyslexia as an adult, has spent much of the last two years touring the U.K. educating schoolchildren, educators and policy makers about dyslexia and other learning difficulties. He said he is "very honored, very proud" to have been awarded the honorary O.B.E.

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'Royal Pains' Star Paulo Costanzo on the Brotherly Love Dynamic and The Fonz

by Annette Bourdeau, posted Aug 29th 2011 2:00PM
There are two things audiences just can't get enough of: medical dramas and shows about the rich and fabulous. That probably explains why 'Royal Pains' is such a hit.

The show stars Mark Feuerstein and Paulo Costanzo as two brothers named Hank and Evan who run a concierge medical practice in the Hamptons. Hank is the MD, while Evan runs the financial side of the business. In Season 2, Henry Winkler joins the cast as their flaky father.

We caught up with the energetic Costanzo for a Season 2 primer. He fills us in on everything from the brotherly love dynamic to the luxe mansions to what it was like working with The Fonz.

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Henry Winkler Describes His Adventures in Tweeting (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 1st 2011 6:15PM
Henry Winkler talks about Tweeting on 'The Talk'Would Fonzie have tweeted? Probably not. He had that magic finger snap that would bring people to him no matter where they were. Henry Winkler, however, loves Tweeting. On Friday's edition of 'The Talk' (weekdays, syndicated on CBS), Winkler talked about tweet-initiating a group hug and following 'Letterman' writers Eric and Justin Stengel as they made fun of Charlie Sheen at one of Sheen's live shows.

The virtual group hug happened when Winkler was driving to New York at 2:30 in the morning and couldn't sleep. He said it got a great response from all over the world, and he was amazed at the sense of connectedness it fostered. "It was very touching to me," said Winkler.

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Craig Ferguson Gets a Little Weirded Out by Henry Winkler's Love for Trout (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 1st 2011 6:46AM
Henry Winkler, 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson'Henry Winkler loves trout, and by that we mean he is very fond of it in an emotional and personal way. In fact, he never eats the fish, though he will eat other fish. Craig Ferguson struggled to make sense of it on 'The Late Late Show' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS).

Winkler takes a vacation every year to go trout fishing with a strict catch-and-release policy, where he's picked up enough life lessons to put out a new book. 'I've Never Met an Idiot on the River: Reflections on Family, Photography, and Fly Fishing' is Winkler's love letter to the waterways that have brought him so much joy.

Enough joy to kiss a picture of him holding a trout in the book and say, "How are you? Nice to see you!" while making kiss-y gestures toward it.

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Henry Winkler Talks 'Royal Pains,' His New Book & Being The Fonz

by AOL TV Staff, posted Apr 27th 2011 9:00AM
Henry WinklerHenry Winkler -- the man who turned 'Happy Days'' Arthur Fonzarelli into The Fonz, one of the coolest, most iconic television characters of all time -- is a seriously busy guy. He's got a new book, a new Twitter obsession and he's enjoying acting on the small screen again.

On the USA dramedy 'Royal Pains,' he's Eddie R. Lawson, an unreliable deadbeat dad who's trying to get back into his sons' lives 20 years later, while also wooing wealthy Hamptons women.

He'll get more face time this June when the show returns for its third season. Winkler, who is coming back as the irresponsible (yet loving) con-man father of Hank (Mark Feuerstein) and Evan (Paulo Costanzo), left the audience to wonder if he really checked into prison in the season two finale after being sentenced for illegal activity.

Winkler -- who also joined Cartoon Network's live-action comedy, 'Childrens Hospital,' last season -- is continuing to write as well, with his new book 'I Never Met an Idiot on the River' out May 1.

AOL TV caught up with Winkler to talk about life as The Fonz and his post-'Happy Days' career as an actor, author and husband.

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Henry Winkler and Don Most Remember 'Happy Days' Co-Star Tom Bosley (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Oct 20th 2010 1:15PM
Henry Winkler and Don Most fondly recall 'Happy Days' co-star Tom Bosley, who died from heart failure on Oct. 19 at the age of 83. Both actors remember Bosley as a wise father figure who dispensed advice during important times in their lives.

"He was our television father for 10 years and he was our father figure for the last 33," Winkler said on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM ET on NBC), adding that Bosley helped him and his cast mates when they purchased their first homes. "He literally was so much a part of our life in every way."

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'Childrens Hospital' -- When the Power Goes Out, the Insanity Kicks In (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 11th 2010 7:30AM
'Childrens Hospital' -- When the Power Goes Out, the Insanity Kicks InOn 'Childrens Hospital' (Sun., 10:30PM ET on Cartoon Network), the power goes off ... and everyone goes crazy. There's a terrible heat wave taking place -- and no electricity means no air conditioning. But after they're exposed to the heat, the doctors descend into madness. Things fall apart really quickly. Excessively quickly, even.

You might shocked that a simple lack of AC could lead to an armed showdown, sexual assault, insane policemen, and a screaming clown. ... But then, maybe you've just never seen the show before. The satirical medical comedy is all about getting weird and getting offensive -- always has been, always will be.

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The Summer's Seven Most Valuable Supporting Players

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 6th 2010 11:00AM
john_slattery_mad_men_amcIn baseball, a seasoned, veteran ball player is considered a valuable member of the team. It's not that different in television, and during the summer -- when baseball is thriving -- a lot of primetime drama series thrive thanks in no small part to the contributions of valuable assets like the following "boys of summer."

Without the experienced and knowing assists of veteran actors, the summer series listed here simply wouldn't be as entertaining.

Check out our seven "most valuable players" and tell us if we got it right ... or who we left out!

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Wendy Williams Challenges Henry Winkler to a Catch Phrase Battle (VIDEO)

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jul 30th 2010 3:04PM
Henry WinklerHenry Winkler had one of the great catch phrases in TV history on 'Happy Days' with "Ayyyyyyyyyyyy," Fonzie's exclamation for...well, lots of things. But does Winkler know other TV catch phrases?

He was on 'The Wendy Williams Show' (weekdays, check local listings) and she challenged him to a catch phrase-off. Let's just say that one of them wipes the floor with the other one.

I don't think Howie Mandel's catch phrase is "Don't touch me!" but it should be.

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'Childrens Hospital' Set Visit Interviews With Rob Corddry, Ken Marino & Henry Winkler (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jul 16th 2010 1:30PM
It's not too late to get addicted to 'Childrens Hospital,' which officially made the leap from Web series to TV series this week on Adult Swim (Sundays, 10:30PM ET). Airing in 15-minute chunks, they're re-showing the first mini-season of five-minute episodes before premiering the new season.

I've already professed my love for the show and its insane cast here and here, but if you're still not convinced you should check it out, maybe the comic stylings of creator and star Rob Corddry and his co-stars Ken Marino and Henry Winkler will do the trick.

I hit the set (fun fact: it's actually in the creepy old hospital where 'Scrubs' used to shoot) to talk about the hysterically inappropriate show's target audience, this season's TV icon-on-TV icon action, violating dead butterflies and a few other things probably not fit for print. If it hasn't been made obvious enough, 'Childrens Hospital' is not for children.

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Henry Winkler, 'Royal Pains' Cast Make Rap Music Video

by Chris Harnick, posted May 28th 2010 2:45PM
Royal PainsYes, that headline says it all. Henry Winkler is joining the cast of 'Royal Pains' for its second season starting Thu., Jun. 3 on USA and to celebrate the new season, the cast recorded a rap music video.

Mark Feuerstein, Winkler and the rest of the cast rap in this exclusive video from TV Guide Magazine. Look for special appearances by USA Network stars Matt Bomer and Jeffrey Donovan in the video.

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'Burn Notice' and 'Royal Pains' Return to USA in June

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 3rd 2010 11:13AM
Burn Notice and Royal Pains return in June
While most viewers glaze over at the amount of dreck major networks spew out during the warmer months, fans of USA Network's original series vibrate in anticipation for the return of the favorite programs.

And why not? USA is doing what its big brother NBC hasn't been able to do: create character-driven programs that mix humor with drama, all wrapped up in a nicely written script. Not only do fans have a right to be excited, but the network can crow a bit itself. As it will do in June when two of its most popular shows return.

On Thursday, June 3rd, 'Burn Notice' and 'Royal Pains' return to the schedule with all new episodes. For 'Royal Pains', which debuts at 9PM ET., it will be the sophomore season. At 10PM ET. 'Burn Notice' begins its fourth season, ranking it the second-longest running show behind 'Psych' (not including 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent', which originally ran on NBC).

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Henry Winkler Joins 'Royal Pains'

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 6th 2010 11:44AM
henry_winkler_headshotSomebody wise once said that when it comes to movies and television (theater, too), casting is essential. If you get it right, you're half-way home. Recently, that proved true on CBS's 'NCIS' with the casting of Robert Wagner as Tony DiNozzo's dad. Perfect casting.

Here's another instance where the producers seem to have nailed it. 'Royal Pains' has cast Henry Winkler to play Hank and Evan's father, Eddie Lawson. Yes, Henry Winkler. The Fonz from 'Happy Days,' but if you know you're Henry Winkler IMDB listing, you know he's done so much more than just Arthur Fonzarelli.

In fact, in a case where the casting was off, on the CBS sitcom 'Out of Practice,' he was Stockard Channing's ex and the father of Christopher Gorham, Paula Marshall and Ty Burrell. It never quite worked.

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TV Casting: Henry Winkler Joins 'Royal Pains'; Sheryl Crow Moves to 'Cougar Town'

by Andrew Scott, posted Feb 6th 2010 11:08AM
Henry WinklerHeeeey! The hit USA series 'Royal Pains' has tapped Henry Winkler to join the show's upcoming second season, which will air 18 episodes starting this summer. Winkler will reportedly play Hank (Mark Feuerstein) and Evan's (Paulo Costanzo) father, Eddie R. Lawson, who heads to the Hamptons to make up for lost time. [Hollywood Reporter]

More casting news after the jump.

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Does the chair on Shatner's Raw Nerve bug you?

by Jane Boursaw, posted Dec 10th 2009 9:02AM
Shatner's Raw Nerve - the chair
I've really been enjoying Shatner's Raw Nerve on the Biography channel. He has great guests, and he's just so Shatnerific with them. On the one hand, you sort of feel like you're listening in on a conversation between old friends. On the other hand, he's so intense that you're afraid he might jump up and start leaping around the room gesturing wildly. Which brings me to ...

The Chair. You know, it's different. But I don't think I really like it. My husband thinks it's called a "lover's chair" or something along those lines, and I can see that. The two people sitting in it are sort of in the perfect position to embrace and kiss. But from what I've seen, most of the guests seem a little uncomfortable with it. I mean, just look at Henry Winkler. He looks really uncomfortable, probably because he's not sure if Shatner might try to embrace him.

What do you think of the chair? Any experts out there who can tell us the origin of this particular type of chair?

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