Henry Winkler talked a distraught suicide jumper off the ledge

George Back
Producer, Yahoo Entertainment

Henry Winkler visited Jimmy Kimmel Live! where he shared a story about a life-or-death phone call he received decades ago on the set of Happy Days. An Illinois state trooper called him because a 17-year-old young man was threatening to jump to his death and he would only talk to Winkler.

Winkler played Arthur Herbert Fonzarelli, a.k.a. The Fonz, on the hit television series, which ran from 1974 to 1984 on ABC. He was a fan favorite and an A-list celebrity at the time.

Winkler admitted, “I don't know where I got the nerve to take the phone and start talking to this kid.” The jumper, who Winkler referred to as John, was upset because he had not had any success as an actor. Winkler told him, “I was 27 when I got the Fonz, John. I think you've got 10 good years to keep trying.” Winkler’s talk worked wonders and John ultimately decided he wanted to live.

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