Henry Winkler’s ‘not proud’ of not being there for his loving wife’s chemo but happy to have big family
Henry Winkler and Stacey Weitzman have been married for over four decades and enjoy spending time with their grandchildren
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Henry Winkler has ruled over the screen and people’s hearts for years.
But the veteran actor also has a big family with whom he shares a warm relationship. Winkler has been a married man for over four decades.
Who is Henry Winkler’s wife?
The ‘Happy Days’ star met his now-wife Stacey Weitzman in 1976.
About their initial meeting, Winkler told PEOPLE, “She was wearing purple parachute pants and she had red hair and without her even saying a word, I thought, ‘Woah, beautiful woman standing in front of me’.”
He continued, “I came back to the store the next week and was there. And within 10 minutes, I learned how strong she is.
“I said, ‘Would you like to go for a soda? I just have to make a quick stop to buy a wedding gift.’ And she said, ‘I am not a gift service!’ But then she changed her mind and we went across the street and had ginger ales,” the comedian added.
On our honeymoon, we saw Henry IV in London. I never heard anything like it. Alan Howard & @TheRSC spoke like they were having an everyday conversation about a salami sandwich—it was just that natural. I, of course, can’t do that. Preorder #BeingHenry https://t.co/mQINoe5UqV pic.twitter.com/DSwaVIC0mW— Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real) August 2, 2023
The two said “I do” to each other in 1978. At the time, Stacey was already the mother of a boy named Jed Weitzman from her earlier marriage.
Later, the newlywed couple became parents of two more children — Max Winkler and Zoe Emily Winkler.
National Daughters day !!! pic.twitter.com/WfOm2Jcpsn— Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real) September 27, 2022
Henry Winkler and Stacey Weitzman did not leave each other’s side despite challenges
When Winkler met Stacey he was already an established actor. He was popular at the time because of ‘Happy Days’.
However, after the sitcom ended in 1984, Winkler faced challenges since everyone saw him only as Arthur Fonzarelli or Fonzie from the show.
Fonzie was a great character. The terrific writers made him subtle, funny and charming. He was incredible to play, but I worried about being typecast. So, when I was out in the world, I made a point of being Henry at all times. Preorder #BeingHenry https://t.co/mQINoe5UqV pic.twitter.com/ATANde6ghy— Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real) August 17, 2023
He reportedly shared, “After Happy Days, I struggled with being locked out of opportunity.”
He also shared, “I knew it was necessary to figure out something else because I was completely stymied. I couldn’t just sit there. I had a family, and I am a doer.”
But after taking advice from his lawyer, ‘The Waterboy’ actor launched a production company, and eventually his professional life came back on track.
Winkler’s personal life, however, went upside down when Stacey got breast cancer in the early 2000s.
Though the ‘Click’ actor was available for his wife, he’s not happy with his presence.
“I went to her chemotherapy infusions, but my support consisted of falling asleep in the chair. I was not there. I’m not proud of that,” he claimed.
But despite all these, the couple has continued to be each other’s rock.
Here is what love looks like this evening pic.twitter.com/UiU4VGyEVF— Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real) February 3, 2023
Henry Winkler and Stacey Weitzman’s lives now
Stacey once reportedly said, “The most wonderful thing is to really be able to grow with someone. We’re not the same people we were when we got married. But certain of the tenets you hold dear are still intact.”
“It does take work. There are glitches in the road, and you get a little off kilter, but if you have the ability and the stick-to-itiveness based on love, then your friendship and your relationship only gets better,” she added.
Stacey Winkler is a great fisher person !! pic.twitter.com/aFFX2GEtPD— Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real) September 22, 2023
The lovely couple is now grandparents to adorable grandchildren. Winkler revealed, “We enjoy fly fishing together. We enjoy grandchildren together."
“We enjoy going to the movies together. We truly enjoy each other every day,” the actor added.
Our youngest granddaughter is one tough cookie . PLEASE let nana out ! pic.twitter.com/WdIiTH5SWw— Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real) January 22, 2023
About his grandchildren, the actor shared, “My favorite part is watching them. And as a grandparent, you always have a fall guy. ‘You want a hot fudge sundae? Let’s call Mom!’ But they work us so hard!”
Our youngest granddaughter enjoying her summer pic.twitter.com/6KKzbVTieg— Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real) August 20, 2023
Winkler added, “I’m thrilled to be on this earth, I’m thrilled with my family and I’m thrilled to be doing great work.”