Classic television star and Emmy Award-winning actor Henry Winkler gets animated this weekend as he guest stars on Disney XD's show "Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil." Winkler plays Principal Henry, a character who was named after him, and recruits Kick to compete in the annual spelling bee when Kendall comes down with food poisoning. To help Kick prepare for the competition against the school's undefeated rival, Principal Henry uses some unusual training methods.
Sandro Corsaro, creator and executive producer of the show, said of working with Winkler, "We had a lot of laughs with Henry throughout the series. While not only an incredible actor, he has a tremendous sense of how character relationships really drive our stories -- particularly when Kick meets a monumental challenge and has to partner with an unlikely ally, such as the principal."
The idea for the episode came about while Corsaro was watching the Scripps National Spelling Bee on ESPN. During casting, the producers wanted someone who was cool and would resonate with dads to play the part, and they decided The Fonz definitely knew a thing or two about being cool.
Winkler said of the role, "It is so much fun paying a principal, the very character that frightened me so in real life."
The "Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil" episode featuring Henry Winkler airs Saturday, May 19, at 11 a.m. ET/PT on Disney XD.
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