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The Fonz by gregchapin The Fonz by gregchapin
Henry Winkler as "The Fonz" in the 1970s sitcom "Happy Days".

Although Winkler had already shot the film, The Lords of Flatbush,
he was a relative unknown. In 1973, a year before that film was released, producer Tom Miller was instrumental in Winkler getting cast for the role of Arthur Herbert Fonzarelli, nicknamed "The Fonz" or "Fonzie", in Happy Days, which first aired in January 1974.

For Happy Days, director/producer Garry Marshall originally had in mind a completely opposite physical presence. Marshall sought to cast a hunky, blonde, Italian model-type male in the role of Fonzie, intended as a stupid foil to the real star, Ron Howard. However, when Winkler, a Yale School of Drama graduate, interpreted the role in auditions, Marshall immediately snapped him up. According to Winkler, "The Fonz was everybody I wasn't. He was everybody I wanted to be."

Winkler's character, though remaining very much a rough-hewn outsider, gradually became the focus of the show as time passed (in particular after the departure of Ron Howard). Initially, ABC executives did not want to see the Fonz wearing leather, thinking the character would appear to be a criminal. The first 13 episodes show Winkler wearing two different kinds of windbreaker jackets, one of which was green.

As Winkler said in a TV Land interview, "It's hard to look cool in a green windbreaker". Marshall argued with the executives about the jacket. In the end, a compromise was made. Winkler could only wear the leather jacket in scenes with his motorcycle, and from that point on, the Fonz was never without his motorcycle until season 2. Happy Days ended its run in 1984.
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SmashGamer16 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2016  Student Filmographer
Nice drawing!
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gregchapin Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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TMNTDonGirl132 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2016  Student General Artist
Ayyyyy
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stefonz Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016
hey im Stefan and I love drawing of the fonz his looks very cool and awesome keep up the great work and I am new to all of this and I have been painting for 1 year but been drawing for a long time
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Eztoons Featured By Owner May 28, 2016
Well here is another one you hit right out of the ballpark.You should send him this He would be blown away.You got him down to the last hair.
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gregchapin Featured By Owner May 29, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you... you would be surprised at the number of people connected up with some of the celebrities that contact me out of the blue.  That's really the fun part... when you dont have to chase them down but they offer a connection anyway!
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altrondragon Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2016
Wonderful work.  
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gregchapin Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!!!  : )
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jvel4073 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow Real Stunning Art Work as Usual :handshake:
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gregchapin Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you  : )
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DrKnowles Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice!
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gregchapin Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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professorwagstaff Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015
Ehhhh. Looking great. I did a Fonz recently but only a head shot. I like that you got the leather and the thumb in there. They were such a large part of who the character was. Fantastic drawing. Ehhhh.
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gregchapin Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Cliff... yes, this body shot is a little outside my norm, but the thumbs up really helps to make the Fonz character
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Fox-The-Wandering Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015   General Artist
Fonzy! He looks so awesome here; I love how you captured the very essence of what it means to be him. He looks fantastic and confident--well done! :)
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gregchapin Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much.  I was happy with how he turned out.  Sometimes you dont know until the last pencil stroke.
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Fox-The-Wandering Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2015   General Artist
You're so welcome; I think he'd be digging this piece so much. ^^
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DonyaMagdy99 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Great
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gregchapin Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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sifilone-2017 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
great work :)
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gregchapin Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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