15. Fonzie could have spent the show “monkeying around”
In hindsight, it’s hard to imagine anyone more suited to the role of Fonzie than Henry Winkler. But producers had one other actor in mind for the part: the Monkees’ Micky Dolenz. And, incredibly, both actors were on an equal footing for the role. “I’m so glad [Winkler got the part],” Dolenz told Guitar World in 2015. “He was a much better Fonz than I would have been.”
14. Henry Winkler created Fonzie’s signature style
Of course, few TV characters can beat Fonzie for cool points. The moment when the greaser checked his hairdo in the mirror before deciding that it was already perfect is still one of the most stylish mannerisms of any TV icon. Interestingly, Winkler improvised the routine because he was dead set against combing his hair. Yes, the actor considered such a gesture a cliché.