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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 1 October 1927Chicago, Illinois, USA
Date of Death 19 October 2010Rancho Mirage, California, USA  (lung cancer)
Birth NameThomas Edward Bosley
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Tom Bosley was born on October 1, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Thomas Edward Bosley. He was an actor, known for Happy Days (1974), Wait Till Your Father Gets Home (1972) and Father Dowling Mysteries (1989). He was married to Patricia Carr and Jean Eliot. He died on October 19, 2010 in Rancho Mirage, California, USA.

Spouse (2)

Patricia Carr (21 December 1980 - 19 October 2010) (his death)
Jean Eliot (8 March 1962 - 20 April 1978) (her death) (1 child)

Trivia (23)

Bosley was the host of CBS Radio's "General Mills Radio Adventure Theater" in 1977.
His daughter, Amy Baer, has given him 3 grandchildren. Amy had guest-starred several times on her father's TV series Happy Days (1974).
Howard Cunningham, Bosley's character on Happy Days (1974), was ranked #9 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" [20 June 2004 issue].
Won Broadway's 1960 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Musical) for playing the title role of Mayor Fiorello La Guardia in "Fiorello."
Originated the role of Belle's father, Maurice, in the Broadway Production of the Disney musical 'Beauty and the Beast'.
Along with Henry Winkler and Marion Ross, he is one of only three actors to appear in every episode of Happy Days (1974).
Starred in two different Sitcoms based on Love, American Style (1969) sketches. Wait Till Your Father Gets Home (1972) and Happy Days (1974) Even played the original character in "Love and the Old-Fashioned Father" segment.
Spokesman for SMC (Specialty Merchandise Corporation). Lynda Levine, daughter of SMC founder Abe Levine, is a childhood friend of Amy Baer. Lynda is Exec-VP of SMC.
Trained at the Radio Institute of Chicago and had two years' experience in various dramatic radio programs and stock companies.
Made his stage debut in "Our Town" with the Canterbury Players at the Fine Arts Theatre in 1947.
Attended DePaul University in Chicago.
Served in the United States Navy.
Son of Dora (née Heyman) and Benjamin Bosley.
Loved baseball and originally wanted to be a sports announcer.
Initially turned down his part in "Happy Days", but changed his mind after reading the script for the pilot a second time and finding himself moved by a particular scene between the characters Howard Cunningham and Richie.
Died 18 days after his 83rd birthday.
He played the same character (Howard Cunningham) in three different series: Happy Days (1974), Joanie Loves Chachi (1982) and Family Guy (1999).
Although one of his most famous roles was as the Catholic priest Father Dowling in the Father Dowling Myseries, Tom Bosley was, in fact, Jewish.
Playing Herr Schultz in Broadway revival of "Cabaret".
Host, with Lynda Levine, of an infomercial for "SMC".
Co-host, with Florence Henderson, Betty White, Ruth Buzzi and 'Dom De Luise', of an infomercial for "The Best of the Dean Martin Variety Show" video collection.
He is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills. [October 2010]

Personal Quotes (9)

I want to help people with depression understand that there is hope, so that they can get the help they need to live rich, fulfilling lives.
Happy Days was about a family... although the show was shot in the 70s, it was about a family in the 50s. I realized that kids were watching their parents grow up and the parents were watching themselves grow up. That was the key to the success of our show.
Just like other illnesses, depression can be treated so that people can live happy, active lives.
Being a father to my family and a husband is to me much more important than what I did in the business.
My wife says that my tombstone will read, 'Here lies Mr.C, who used to be Mr.B.' So I think that's probably what I'll be remembered for.
You have to understand that during the course of our show, we were a family for five hours a day, five days a week, maybe four days a week. And we experienced the same things that we experienced in our own family.
I changed my mind because of a scene between Howard Cunningham and Richie. The father-son situation was written so movingly, I fell in love with the project.
Many people think that depression is something you just have to live with when you get older, but it's not.
So we had life, death, illness, everything - every emotional involvement we had, we experienced. And I think that made what we had to do on stage, stronger. We got very much involved in what we were doing.

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