Henry Winkler Finally Won An Emmy Award

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It's been over 40 years since Henry Winkler first appeared on TV screens as Arthur Fonzarelli on Happy Days-- but the actor finally has a Primetime Emmy award to call his own.

Winkler has won the gong for best supporting actor in a comedy series for his role as Gene Cousineau on the HBO series, Barry. 

“I wrote this 43 years ago,” Winkler joked as he launched into his acceptance speech.

The actor mentioned that his longtime lawyer gave him some good advice about having patience in the entertainment industry.

"‘If you stay at the table long enough, the chips come to you,'” Winkler said.

“Tonight, I got to clear the table.”

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Winkler went on to thank the Barry creators Alec Berg and Bill Hader -- Hader also picked up an Emmy for best lead actor in a comedy.

It's the 72-year-old's first Primetime Emmy (he has two Daytime Emmys) and his seventh nomination.

Backstage at the Emmys, Winkler shared some of his secrets for maintaining a long career in show business.

“Be yourself, be honest about your ability, prepare so that you are not a flash in the pan,” Winkler said.

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“When I first started here in Hollywood … I thought of myself as a tree or sapling. I planted. I wanted to grow and be strong until I couldn’t do this anymore. And what a great tree it is.”

The Emmy Awards also served as a mini Happy Days reunion with Winkler sharing a photo with former co-star and longtime pal, Ron Howard.

You can follow of our Emmys coverage here.

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