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10-19-2010, 08:11 PM #1
Happy Days actor Tom Bosley has passed away
Happy Days actor Tom Bosley has passed away, his rep confirms with EW.
Oct 19 2010 01:46 PM ET
Tom Bosley, 'Happy Days' actor, dies
by Kate Ward
Categories: In Memoriam, News
Image Credit: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic.com
Happy Days actor Tom Bosley has passed away, his rep confirms with EW. The actor, who played Mr. Cunningham on the Garry Marshall-created series, died in Palm Springs, Calif., after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 83 years old. Along with starring in the popular Happy Days, Bosley also toplined Father Dowling Mysteries, and appeared on such series as Love Boat and Murder, She Wrote. Most recently, he played a role in the Jennifer Lopez-starring film The Backup Plan.
According to Bosley’s rep, services have been scheduled for Oct. 22 at the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles.
10-19-2010, 09:00 PM #2
Tuesday October 19, 2010 04:20 PM EDT
Ron Howard, Marion Ross and Tom Bosley on Happy Days
The death of Happy Days star Tom Bosley left many saddened – and director Ron Howard without his onscreen dad.
"Tom's insight, talent, strength of character and comic timing made him a vital central figure in the Happy Days experience," says Howard, who played Richie Cunningham on the sitcom.
"A great father and husband, and a wonderful artist, Tom led by example, and made us all laugh while he was doing it," Howard adds. "My last conversations with Tom reflected the love of life and peace of mind that he always maintained throughout his full and rewarding life."
Added Howard, 56, "I miss him already."
The prolific Bosley, known for his work on both stage and screen, died Tuesday in his Palm Springs, Calif., home, reportedly from a staph infection. On Oct. 1 he had turned 83.
10-19-2010, 09:02 PM #3
Tom Bosley the folksy father of Richie Cunningham on the '70s sitcom about the '50s, ABC's Happy Days, died Tuesday in his Palm Springs, Calif., home. On Oct. 1 he had turned 83.
The actor died of a staph infection, according to TMZ, which first reported his death.
Before finding fame on the small screene, Bosley won a Tony for starring as the beloved New York City Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia in the Pulitzer-Prize-winning 1959 musical Fiorello!. He also made a memorable mark in the 1964 Peter Sellers cult comedy The World of Henry Orient, as the too-understanding husband of Angela Lansbury's character.
After Happy Days, he would frequently costar with Lansbury on her CBS series, Murder She Wrote.
Reacting to Bosley's death, his Happy Days costar Henry Winkler expressed his sadness, telling Los Angeles's KNX-1070 News Radio, "I'm in shock, I really am. I spoke to him just a few weeks ago and he seemed to be getting his strength back."
Born in Chicago, Bosley was the younger son of a real estate broker father and a former concert pianist mother. "We were fairly wealthy until the stock market crashed," he told PEOPLE in 1979, during the Happy Days craze. "When I was 2, my father lost all his money." His parents divorced nine years later.
Bosley joined the Navy in 1945 at 17 ("I'm the only guy I know who went in as a seaman and came out a seaman"), then enrolled in pre-law at DePaul University. In his first year, he switched to acting.
After stock theater in Illinois (with fellow aspirants Paul Newman and Geraldine Page), he flipped a coin in 1950 to decide between New York and Los Angeles. New York won.
For nine years before Fiorello! he acted off-Broadway and in summer stock while working menial jobs to feed himself. Movie and TV roles followed, and in recent years, whenever there was a Happy Days reunion, he could always be counted upon to appear – and tease his TV son, Ron Howard, about not casting him in his movies.
Bosley married twice. His first wife, Jean, a dancer, died in 1978 (they had wed in 1962). His second wife, the former Patricia Carr, survives him. They married in 1980. He also has a daughter, Amy.
Ironically, Bosley's death comes only a few days after that of another iconic '50s TV parent, Barbara Billingsley, of Leave It to Beaver.
10-20-2010, 05:20 PM #4
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