Actor Tom Bosley
, known for his role as Mr. Cunningham on "Happy Days
," died today, October 19, in Palm Springs, Calif. Oscar-winning producer Ron Howard
said of the passing of his former TV dad, "I'm so saddened by the loss of our wonderful Tom Bosley
. Remarkable on so many levels, Tom's insight, talent, strength of character and comic timing made him a vital central figure in the 'Happy Days
' experience. A great father and husband, and a wonderful artist, Tom lead by example, and made us all laugh while he was doing it. My last conversations with Tom reflected the love of life and peace of mind that he always maintained throughout his full and rewarding life. I miss him already." Henry Winkler
, who played Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli on "Happy Days
," said of his costar, "He played our TV dad and was very much like our dad on the set.