Did Fonzie Always Wear a Leather Jacket on "Happy Days"?

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The character Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli didn't always wear his signature leather jacket on the classic American sitcom "Happy Days"; early in the show's run, Fonzie was only allowed to be shown wearing a leather jacket when he was near his motorcycle, and he wore a white windbreaker at other times. Network executives at ABC were concerned that Fonzie would look like a criminal or thug if he wore a leather jacket, but they agreed that the character should be allowed to wear leather around his motorcycle because leather jackets were considered a piece of safety gear for motorcyclists.

"Happy Days" series creator Garry Marshall disagreed with ABC's executives and thought that Fonzie's character should be allowed to wear his leather jacket at all times. Marshall preferred the character to be dressed in leather, which explains why Fonzie is so often shown on his motorcycle, even driving it indoors. Fonzie became so closely associated with the leather jacket that executives eventually relented completely. Marshall reportedly destroyed the white windbreaker in celebration of this development. Actor Henry Winkler donated one of his Fonzie jackets to the Smithsonian Institute in the 1980s.