Henry Winkler Trends After Posting 18 Inches Of Fun

By Nathan Kamal | Published

Henry Winkler

Henry Winkler has been a beloved figure in pop culture since the days when Ron Howard had a full head of brilliant red hair. The iconic sitcom Happy Days cemented Winkler in the public eye as a cool, intimidating 1950s scoundrel named  Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli, albeit one that was so family friendly that he could not even wear a leather jacket at first. Since then, Henry Winkler has remade himself as an avuncular character actor, which makes it all the more shocking that he is currently trending on Twitter for having “18 inches of fun.” This is the post that caused the kerfuffle:

To be fair, it does indeed seem like Henry Winkler was intending a pun by posting this picture of him holding a foot-and-a-half-long fish up to the camera. In this image, a very happy-looking Winkler is holding up an American brown trout in the classic “get it as close to the camera as possible pose” intended to make the fish look real big. The sheer sight of comedy legend Henry Winkler beaming over a freshly caught trout is enough to warm the coldest of hearts, and Twitter reacted accordingly. Here are a few example responses:

The Arrested Development actor seems to be having the time of his life on this fishing trip, as the sneakily-captioned picture of the trout is not remotely the only picture of a fish and a very happy Henry Winkler out there right now.

Henry Winkler is currently starring in the hit HBO series Barry as acting coach Gene Cousineau. The show just concluded an acclaimed third season, with the chemistry between Winkler’s alternately sleazy, endearing, and tragic figure and Bill Hader’s reluctant hitman Barry Berkman being a standout aspect of the show. The third season of the show has generally been considered its darkest so far (and that is something, considering the first season had an extended scene of an aged and legendary assassin meditating over the desolation of a life spent killing), so will be excited to see what may come for Henry Winkler and the rest. HBO has already confirmed that there will be a fourth season of Barry, so good on them for not canceling one of the funniest and most violent comedies on air right now.


Henry Winkler also recently starred in Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch of the Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun (or just The French Dispatch, for those pressed for time), as one of Adrien Brody’s somewhat clueless, definitely morally flexible art dealer uncles. He also starred in Family Squares along with fellow Arrested Development alumnus Judy Greer and fellow HBO employee Billy Magnussen. In addition to Barry, Henry Winkler is currently appearing in Monsters at Work, a Disney+ animated series set in the same world as Monsters, Inc. and Monsters University, because the actor really gets around to all the major companies these days. With all that work, it is just good to see that Henry Winkler still takes some time off for fun, at least eighteen inches of it.