Though Henry Winkler didn’t take home a 2019 SAG Award on Sunday, January 27, he was still able to reveal the greatest life lesson he’s learned from his 55-year Hollywood career while at the special event. While exclusively speaking to Closer Weekly at the annual awards show, the Happy Days actor, 73, said his best advice is to “keep your spirit up!”
“You never know what is around the corner so just keep your spirit because it all works out,” he shared. “There were times when I had a hard time right after Happy Days for about nine years — I couldn’t really be an actor. So then I became a producer and we did McGuyver. But acting is my first love so you just stay and keep your spirit up!”
Henry was nominated for the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series for Barry at last night’s awards show but was beat out by Marvelous Mrs. Maisel actor Tony Shalhoub. Though he didn’t win this time around, the actor recently won his first Emmy for Barry at the Emmys in September 2018 and gave the most heartwarming acceptance speech ever!
“Oh my God! I only have 37 seconds, I wrote this 43 years ago. Can I just say, Skip Brittenham told me a long time ago, ‘If you stay at the table long enough the chips come to you.’ And tonight, I got to clear the table,” he gushed. “If you get a chance to work with Bill Hader or [comedy writer] Alec Berg, run, don’t walk. Thank you for producing us, for creating us, for directing us and for Bill, for acting with us, and all of our wonderful writers.” We can only imagine what kind of acceptance speech Henry will give when he gets to take home a SAG award!