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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Wild Card: Tom Bosley 1927-2010

Tom Bosley, best known for his TV roles as father-tries-best Howard Cunningham on Happy Days and the titular, crime-solving priest on The Father Dowling Mysteries passed away today in Palm Springs. He was 83 years old and left a showbiz legacy of over half a century of movies, television, and stage.
Just before taking the role on Happy Days that would make him a household name, Bosley lent his distinctive voice to an under-rated prime time animated sitcom called Wait Till Your Father Gets Home.

Prior to his television career, Tom Bosley had a pretty steady gig in films including The World of Henry Orient, Divorce American Style, and Yours, Mine and Ours starring Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda.

Bosley also had a long and varied career on the stage, winning a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for Fiorello!

In 2004, TV Guide ranked Bosley's Howard Cunningham at #9 on their list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time."
Good-bye, Dad. We'll miss you.

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