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Tom Bosley 1927-2010

TV father, Emmy nominated and Tony winning actor Tom Bosley died today due to complications from lung cancer. For much of the late seventies and early eighties he visited our living rooms every week on “Happy Days” as Howard Cunningham, affectionately known as Mr. C.

Just as the late Barbara Billingsley (who also passed this week) was a mother to an entire previous generation as the mother on “Leave It to Beaver,” Bosley served the role of father for my generation. As father of Richie, Joanie, even Chuck, and for all intents and purposes Potsie, Ralph, Chachi and Fonzie as well, he was also our father figure, giving the best advice available this side of Mike Brady.

Tom Bosley was a character actor on television for years, also notable for his roles on “Wait Til Your Father Gets Home,” “The Father Dowling Mysteries,” “Murder She Wrote,” “The Streets of San Francisco,” multiple roles on “The Love Boat” and “Love American Style” and also starred with Debbie Reynolds and Sandy Duncan on their TV excursions.

Off of the small screen he appeared in films like “Love with the Proper Stranger,” “The World of Henry Orient” and most recently “The Back-up Plan.” Before his TV and movie work, Bosley won a Tony for his work in the Broadway show “Fiorello!” and returned to the stage in the 1990s with “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.”

Wherever you know Tom Bosley from – television, film, stage, or as a second father – he will be missed. ‘Night, Mr. C.

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