His Parents Called Him Dumb But He Grew Up To Be Loved By Millions

Henry Winkler, beloved for his role as Fonzie on Happy Days, had a childhood far from the glamorous image associated with celebrities. Born to immigrant parents who escaped Nazi Germany, Winkler faced challenges due to an undiagnosed reading disorder.

His parents, unaware of his dyslexia, labeled him as “dumb” and even referred to him as a ‘Dummo Hund,’ or dumb dog. Teachers and peers followed suit, leading to a difficult upbringing that impacted his self-image.

Despite these hardships, Winkler pursued his dreams relentlessly. Applying to 28 colleges, he secured admission to two and eventually received an acceptance letter from the prestigious Yale School of Drama. His talent shone during an improvised Shakespearean monologue, catapulting him to success.

While thriving on-screen, portraying the charismatic Fonzie, Winkler grappled with dyslexia affecting his reading and coordination. Even when offered the lead role in Grease, he declined to avoid typecasting.

At 31, Winkler’s perspective changed during his stepson Jed’s dyslexia test. Realizing they shared the struggle, Winkler acknowledged dyslexia as a barrier that had silently impacted his life. Overcoming auditions by memorizing scripts, he used humor to mask any inadequacies, claiming he provided the ‘essence of the character.’

Post-Happy Days, Winkler ventured into various acting roles and contributed to creating the MacGyver series. Despite transitional phases, his determination and talent prevailed, showcasing that overcoming personal struggles could lead to significant accomplishments.

Henry Winkler’s journey from being labeled “dumb” to becoming a beloved figure highlights the power of determination and talent in achieving greatness. His story serves as an inspiration, emphasizing that personal challenges can be conquered with resilience and dedication.

WATCH : Roseane Barr Roasts Whoopi for Nervous Breakdown

Comedienne Roseanne Barr took her liberal counterpart, Whoopi Goldberg, to task during a fiery rant that was posted to the X platform. In the clip, Barr challenged ABC’s ‘The View’, where Goldberg is a long-time co-host, to hire her as the panel’s anti-liberal voice, which she suggested wouId make for better television.

People are so f***ing stupid, I can’t take it no more, Barr said in the clip. And then I look at Whoopi Goldberg, she’s getting paid to do this, having this old age nervous breakdown. She’s getting paid to lie! Barr claimed. Now you gotta have scriptwriters to lie. I can do this all day ‘cause it’s true. I can do ‘The View’ and be all fine and off the top of my head,” she said before saying ‘F*** you, Hollywood.

Hire me @TheView pic.twitter.com/iu0PLRyzra

— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) February 7, 2024

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