The Fonz and stars from “The Living Dead” to appear in Knoxville

826px-HenryWinklerAug08Henry Winkler, best known as “Fonzie” in the 1970s-80s TV sitcom “Happy Days,” is among many stars and comic book artists that will be appearing at Fanboy Expo in Knoxville.

Fanboy Expo is a comic book, science fiction and toy convention that allows fans of science fiction and comic book and toy collectors to meet many of the stars of their favorite TV and movie stars and comic book artists. Fans can buy, sell and trade comics and other collectibles. They can meet the stars and purchase autographs as well as attend Q&A sessions with many of their favorite stars who will discuss their work.

Winkler is best known for his iconic character, Arthur Fonzarelli. He has starred in numerous movies including “Night Shift,” “The Waterboy,” “Click,” “Scream” and “Here Comes the Boom.”

Other stars that are scheduled to appear include John Rhys-Davies who is best known for his epic role as Gimli the dwarf in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and as Indiana Jones’ charismatic friend, Sallah, in the “Indiana Jones” movies. He played Maximillian Arturo in the hit series “Sliders” and King Richard in “Robin of Sherwood” as well as Cassim in Disney’s “Aladdin and the King of Thieves.”

“Star Wars” fans won’t want to miss an opportunity to meet Peter Mayhew, best known for his iconic role as Chewbacca the Wookie. Mayhew is currently filming “Star Wars: Episode VII.

Fans of the TV series “Sons of Anarchy” will get an opportunity to meet several stars, including Tommy Flanagan who best known for his role as Chibs. He can also been seen in critically acclaimed and Academy Award Winning films such as “Gladiator” and “Braveheart” along with Frank Miller’s “Sin City.”

Mark Boone Jr. is another alumnus of the “Sons of Anarchy.” He is best known for his role on the hit FX series as Bobby Elvis. He can also been seen in “Batman Begins,” “Seven” and “Halloween II.”

Science fiction fans and fans of the “Man of Steel” won’t want to miss an opportunity to meet Sarah Douglas, known for her role as Ursa opposite Christopher Reeve in “Superman” and “Superman II.” She has also appeared in “Conan the Destroyer,” “Falcon Crest,” “Beastmaster II” and “Return of the Living Dead III.”

Horror fans will get a chance to meet Dee Wallace who is best known for her role as Elliot’s mom in “E.T the Extraterrestrial.” Wallace can also be seen in horror classics like “Cujo,” “The Howling” and cult classics like “Critters” and “10.”

Sandahl Bergman is best known to science fiction fans for her role as Valeria in “Conan the Barbarian” playing opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger. She also starred in “Red Sonja,” “Xanadu,” “She” and the “Dean Martin Comedy Hour.”

As Halloween approaches fans of the popular TV series “The Living Dead” can meet Addy Miller who played the first zombie seen at the beginning of “The Walking Dead” season one. Her now iconic character sets the tone for the entire show. MIller can also be seen this fall with her co-star Drea De Matteo in the thriller “Dark Places.”

Professional wrestling fans can meet Hacksaw Jim Duggan and Chris Chavis who is formerly known as Tatanka. Chavis is best known for his legendary feuds with Bam Bam Bigelow, Shawn Michaels and Lex Luger among others.

Numerous comic book artists—including Tom Nguyen, James Nance and Angel Medina—will be on hand to sell and sign original prices of their art work. The artists have created work for Marvel and DC Comics drawing numerous characters including The Incredible Hulk, the Avengers, Superman and Batman.

For the first time in Fanboy’s history, tattoo enthusiasts can get inked. Ink Fusion Empire is presenting Tattoo Alley where renowned tattoo artists can create works of body art. Tattoo Alley will present several noted tattoo artists including Marc Draven, Kelly Rogers, Eric Vie, Jessie Villars, Josh Wiley and others. Anyone interested in getting a tattoo while at the convention can make an appointment online at www.fanboyexpo.com/knoxville.

Vendor booth is still available. For more information about the Fanboy Expo or to inquire about vendor space vist www.fanboyexpo.com/knoxville. The event will be held Nov. 7-9 at 701 Henley Street in Knoxville at the World’s Fair Park.

Actress Linda Blair, who is best remembered for her role as the possessed teenager in the cult classic horror flick “The Exorcist” was scheduled to appear but has canceled. Dean Stockwell, who played as Al in the sci-fi classic TV series “Quantum Leap,” was also going to appear but has had to cancel due to scheduling conflicts.

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