Tom Bosley, who was 83, died at his home in Palm Springs after battling a staph infection. He played Howard Cunningham on Happy Days for ten years and was a TV and Broadway legend.
Happy Days in Hollywood
Bosley got his start in Hollywood on an Alice in Wonderland production in 1955. His big break came with his role as Mr. Cunningham in Happy Days, which was on-air from 1974-1984.
After Happy Days, he continued to work on TV, appearing in Father Dowling Mysteries and as Sheriff Amos Tupper on Murder, She Wrote. He also appeared in movies, starring with Natalie Wood in Love With the Proper Stranger. Bosley won a Tony Award for his work as Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia in Fiorello!
More recently, Bosley was the voice of Mr. Cunningham in Family Guy and appeared in Jennifer Lopez’s romantic comedy The Back-up Plan.
Stars pay tribute to Bosley
Henry Winkler, who famously played The Fonz on Happy Days, is saddened by the loss of his friend.
“I saw him before I ever got to Hollywood on Broadway, and he was great. And then I got to act with him for ten years and he was great,” he tells TMZ.
“Tom Bosley was our mentor. He was a true artist … a great husband, and a fabulous father and grandfather. He will be sorely missed, but never forgotten.”
Scott Baio, another Happy Days alum, says, “He was a good man who taught me a lot about the business and business itself. He was a professional guy. I’m sad.”