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During the ten years that the iconic family sitcom “Happy Days” was on the air, the cast and crew built up tons of memories that have lasted a lifetime for them. One of the most unforgettable moments of “Happy Days” long run for those who made it, however, was when legendary Beatles colead John Lennon came to the set with his young son Julian, and the way he acted may surprise you. 

‘Beatles’ Legend John Lennon Visits ‘Happy Days’ Set

‘The Fonz’ Henry Winkler Recalls Meeting John Lennon

During a 2018 interview with late night host Jimmy Kimmel, Fonzie actor Henry Winkler recalled his memories of that incredible day.

While many would assume that John Lennon would act more like a wild A-list rock star, Henry Winkler found him to be the exact opposite, as he seemed both low-key and “shy.”

“All of a sudden, John Lennon just came to visit. And he brought with him, Julian. He was so, um, he was so shy. And I didn’t know how to get into a conversation with John Lennon. Then I just started talking about his Imagine album that he made, the solo album,” Winkler said. 

“There was a cut on it called ‘Mother,’ which was like a primal scream. So I started talking to him about that. He opened like a flower. It was amazing,” he added. “And then, 10 years later, Julian had a hit. And on the Paramount lot, they did Solid Gold. I had my offices there, I got a knock on the door, and he asked, ‘I don’t know if you remember me?’ to which I replied, ‘yeah, I do.’”

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‘Potsie’ Actor Anson Williams Looks Back

Anson Williams, who played Potsie on the show, also recalled meeting John Lennon in an interview with Michael Yo.

“It was the first year of the show,” Williams explained. “It was early morning, and we were filming some scenes. Henry Winkler was there, Ron Howard, myself and Donny Most. I go to get a cup of coffee, and I see this guy with a ten-year-old kid. I think he looks familiar. It was John Lennon. Julian was a fan of the ’50s and ‘Happy Days,’ and they spent the entire day on the set.”

Williams went on to say that Lennon was “genuine and kind, and truly shy,” adding that he was a “humble guy.” To this day, Williams sees it as “surreal” to have that opportunity to meet him.

Sadly, John Lennon was killed by a gunman in 1980 at the age of 40, but he continues to live on through the incredible music that he made with the Beatles. 

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