- Henry Winkler (76), is a famous actor whose TikTok videos have become viral and delighted his fans.
- He claims he didn’t expect this response and signed up for the app at his granddaughter’s insistance.
- Winkler has not scrolled through TikTok, and has no plans to soon.
Henry Winkler has unexpected TikTok fame
The 76-year-old actor — who is best known for his role as Arthur “The Fonz”Fonzarelli appears on the TV-show “Happy Days” (1974-1984) — is now reaching a new audience since joining the app in November 2020. His six videos have been viewed over 33 million times and he has more than 1.2 million followers.
His two latest videos, both posted in Week 1 of 2022, received a warm reception. The FirstShows him dancing to Rockwell “Somebody’s Watching Me”In front of a Christmas Tree, SecondHe is seen dancing with three grandchildren “When I Grow Up”By The Pussycat Dolls.
These videos have been viewed 9.7 Million and 2.1 Million times, respectively. Some of the most popular comments refer to Winkler’s role. “Happy Days.”
“Imagine being Henry’s grandkids and going to sleepovers and telling other kids parents that’s their grandpa is the fonz,”One comment has 1,116 likes.
His presence on the app caught the attention of mainstream media, including publications such as the Daily Mail, PeopleAnd Hollywood LifeCoverage of his most recent video.
Winkler said that, despite being a TikTok star and spending a lot of time scrolling through the app, he doesn’t intend to continue doing so anytime soon. He also said that he doesn’t care about Instagram or Facebook. He has 877,000 fansHe’s using the platform, he calls it? “very active on.”
Winkler stated that joining TikTok was an honor. “very easy decision,”However, he did not expect the video to become viral. “completely surprised”Thanks for the reply.
“My 11-year-old granddaughter, who is now 12, said, ‘Papa! We have to make a TikTok for you!’ I said, ‘You pick the music,’ and away we went dancing into the night. I had no idea what the results would be,”He stated.
Winkler stated to Insider that his videos have received overwhelming support, with many fans expressing their gratitude. “delighted”His dances, particularly his recent post with his grandchildren. “took off like a rocket.”
The Winkler family has made holiday-themed TikTok videos a tradition. Insider heard that the actor’s granddaughters chose the music, and that they practiced the steps together before filming.
“I never thought that my having so much fun with my grandchildren would generate this much interest,”He stated. “The excitement in the room, picking music that is not X-rated, is a joy unto itself.”
Despite enjoying his time on TikTok, the celebrated actor — who has a storied Hollywood career, appearing in many films and TV shows including his recent role on HBO’s hit series “Barry” — says he has no plans to pivot to a career as an influencer.
“It’s hard enough to pivot into a spin while making the dance,”He stated.
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