VIDEO: Happy Days as Fonz visits Doncaster

HE was one of the best known faces in the 1970s.

And now Happy Days actor Henry Winkler is getting himself known to a new generation of Doncaster youngsters – by helping them at school.

Actor and author Henry 'The Fonz' Winkler reading one of his books to pupils of Townfield Primary School, Doncaster. Photo: Chris Lawton.

Actor and author Henry 'The Fonz' Winkler reading one of his books to pupils of Townfield Primary School, Doncaster. Photo: Chris Lawton.

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The man who played The Fonz in the popular sitcom visited Town Field Primary School as part of a tour of schools across the country in a bid to help pupils overcome any learning difficulties.

He himself was diagnosed as dyslexic at the age of 31, and has written a series of children’s books about his experience.

The Hank Zipzer – the World’s Greatest Underachiever series of books have sold four million copies and are due to become a television series.

He said he hoped children who listened to his talk would realise that they were each brilliant, no matter how they learn.

Henry said: “School was unbelievably hard for me. Teachers didn’t know what dyslexia was at that time.

“I got a bad grade in everything but lunch. I was told I was stupid, lazy and not living up to my potential most of my life.

“Just because we learn differently does not mean that we are not incredibly smart human beings.

“That is something that I need every child to understand.”

Now he is looking to help children overcome any learning difficulties they have.

He may have not been as familiar a face to the pupils at Town Field as he was to their parents and grandparents, but Henry was still a hit with the pupils.

Emma Morris, business manager at Town Field Primary School, said: “He was introduced by two mini Fonzies, which seemed to go down well.

“He told pupils a little bit about his background, his career and how he discovered he was dyslexic.

“He is really great with children, great at talking to them at their level. He told the children that every child is great and that every child can succeed.

“The children really enjoyed it. He is very inspirational.”