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By Eric Alt
|  Thursday, Sep 15, 2011  |  Updated 1:11 PM EDT
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Veteran actor Henry Winkler was honored by the British Empire for his work with dyslexic children.

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Already a worldwide star due to his iconic roles as "The Fonz" on "Happy Days" and, of course, Barry Zuckerkorn on "Arrested Development," Henry Winkler has now been feted by the British Empire for his off-camera work.

Winkler, who suffers from dyslexia (which wasn't diagnosed until he was an adult), has written two books about the condition, and tours schools worldwide working with children afflicted with the reading disorder. For his efforts, Winkler has been made an honorary member of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

British Ambassador Nigel Sheinwald presented Winkler with the award at the British embassy in Washington D.C.

In a statement, Winkler said: 

"Receiving this honor is a very humbling experience. My goal when I started working with children was never to bring accolades on myself, but instead to change how people think about those around them for whom learning is a struggle."

"I am flattered to have had my work recognized in this manner, and hope to continue showing kids that their learning difficulty isn't a disability."
 

Selected Reading: The Guardian, Huffington Post, Daily Mail

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