Henry Winkler and William Shatner Share Defining Moments in Their Journey from Struggle to Superstardom

The two actors recall the moments in life that forever changed them

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Henry Winkler and William Shatner are sharing some personal moments.

In an exclusive sneak peek at Tuesday’s episode of NBC’s reality travel series Better Late Than Never, the actors join costars George Foreman, Terry Bradshaw and Jeff Dye in Hong Kong, where they get candid about their struggle they encountered before finding fame.–

As the men enjoy the “high life” while smoking cigars in a building overlooking the illuminated city, Shatner asks Winkler to recall a moment that really defined his life.

“My life started when I was 27 years old,” says the former Happy Days star, 70. “I went to California. I had a thousand dollars in my pocket. Two weeks later I tried out for a new show. I got the show, and that journey changed the way that I lived on this earth.”

Naturally Bradshaw, 67, asks Winkler to bring back his famous Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli voice to mark his success and Winkler delivers (he did earn three Emmy nominations for the role, after all).

After sharing a laugh, Winkler then asks Shatner about a special moment that changed his life.

“I’m 6 years old and I’m doing a camp play,” says Shatner, now 85. “This camp was [for] kids who never got out much, didn’t have much money, and I was one of them. The camp play was about a kid being ripped out of his home and when I looked up people were weeping. ‘Wow, I did that.’ That was a defining moment. From that moment on, I never wanted to do anything else.”

Better Late Than Never airs Tuesdays (10 p.m. ET) on NBC.

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