Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Happy Days' Tom Bosley Dies at 83

Grey skies are not turning blue today in Hollywood as the news that one of the great TV dads has passed away. Tom Bosley, on-screen father to Happy Days' Richie and Joannie Cummingham and landlord to Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli, died in Palm Springs at the age of 83.

Tom was most recognized for playing the compassionate hardware store owner Mr. C., but he was also loved for his roles of Father Frank Dowling on Father Dowling Mysteries and Sheriff Tupper on Murder, She Wrote.

Bosley worked until the very end with a supporting role in the most recent J.Lo movie The Back-Up Plan.

Scott Baio, who played Chachi on Happy Days tweeted after hearing the news,"Mr. Tom Bosley will be missed by many. He was a great actor, teacher, and man."

And if you want to do something fun in Tom's honor, you may consider going to see Happy Days: A New Musical at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. For more information visit their website.

To see an in depth interview with Tom, check out the Archive of American Television. Here's a short clip from that video where he talks about Happy Days and how he'd like to be remembered.

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