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Henry Winkler is headed for HBO.
The actor, perhaps best known as Fonzie from the classic sitcom Happy Days, has signed on to co-star in the pay cable network’s Bill Hader comedy pilot Barry.
Barry stars Hader as an ex-Marine who works as a low-rent hitman in the Midwest. Lonely and dissatisfied in his life, he begrudgingly travels to Los Angeles to kill someone and ends up finding an accepting community in a group of eager hopefuls within the L.A. theater scene.
Winkler will portray Gene Cousineau, an inspiring acting teacher. The role marks the beloved actor’s latest small-screen gig following Childrens Hospital, New Girl, Parks and Recreation, Royal Pains and Arrested Development. Winkler, also a prolific producer, is also attached to serve as an executive producer on CBS’ MacGyver reboot after serving in the same capacity on the original series.
Hader will pen the script, exec produce and direct the pilot for Barry in addition to starring in the title role. Alec Berg (Silicon Valley, Curb Your Enthusiasm) also will exec produce. The comedy hails from an overall deal Hader inked with HBO in 2014.
Winkler, repped by Paradigm and Management 360, joins a cast that also includes Sarah Goldberg (Hindsight), Glenn Fleshler (True Detective) and Anthony Carrigan (The Blacklist).
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