The Fonz aka Henry Winkler Honored for Educational Work in the U.K.
EHHHH!!!! Henry Winkler, or better known as the Fonz on the classic sitcom ‘Happy Days,’ has been awarded an honorary doctorate at the British embassy in Washington D.C. for his educational work on dyslexia in the U.K.
The popular actor was diagnosed with dyslexia as an adult and for the past two years has toured schools throughout the U.K. discussing the learning disability.
Winkler said he is “overwhelmed” for his work getting recognized. Proud of his work and achievement, he even posted a picture on Twitter with his medal and said, “Here I am with my OBE pinned on Very honored very proud Daniel silva and Jamie Gangel were with me.”
He also revealed to BBC Breakfast, “I got a letter from the Queen saying she graciously agreed to confer on me the OBE.”
Besides acting, which now he can be seen as a recurring character on USA’s ‘Royal Pains,’ Winkler also wrote a children book titled ‘Hank Zipzer’ about a young dyslexic boy and his adventures. The book is based on Winkler’s own childhood struggles growing up and being bullied at school.
British ambassador Nigel Sheinwald presented Winkler with his OBE and said, “Through [Winkler], thousands of young people have seen a role model and an inspiration for overcoming their learning challenges.”
What a great honor for the Fonz! He also said visiting the U.K. was “one of his favorite things to do.”