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Henry Winkler ’67 Credits Emerson Professor Emeritus as Inspiration for ‘Barry’ Role

In a recent Barry episode on HBO, Emerson College alum Henry Winkler ’67, who plays Gene Cousineau, mimicked Bill Hader’s lead character Barry Berkman. And Winkler told IndieWire that the late and great Emerson College Professor Emeritus Ken Crannell ’55 served as an inspiration to that specific episode.

“When I went to Emerson College, there was a man — Dr. Ken Crannell — and he did that exactly. He did the entire ‘The King and I’ merely by changing voice and changing direction on who he was talking to. I learned it a little bit there and I applied it here. That was 1968. And here I am, doing it in 2023.”

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