Palm Springs resident and long-time celebrity actor Tom Bosley, made famous for his role as Howard Cunningham on the long-running hit series “Happy Days,” died early this morning at a hospital in Rancho Mirage, California, near his home. Bosley was 83 years old.
Bosley had been battling lung cancer for the last several years, and died due to a staph infection.
Bosley earned his first role on the stage back in 1959, when he won a Tony Award for his role in Fiorello!
Landing several guest spots on television and small roles on the big screen, Bosley landed the role of a lifetime when he was tabbed to portray the father of a middle-class family growing up in Milwaukee in the late 50s.
Happy Days first aired on January 14, 1974, and would go on to become one of the most popular shows ever on television, lasting for 11 seasons. While earlier years of the show focused on the Cunningham family, “The Fonz”, Arthur Fonzarelli, played beautifully by celebrity actor Henry Winkler, became more and more of a focal point, and Tom Bosley’s character created the perfect foil for Fonzie’s antics, often ending with Howard Cunningham giving Fonzie advice on his behavior and antics.
Celebrity actor Tom Bosley’s agent, Sheryl Abrams, announced Bosley’s death this morning. Funeral arrangements have not been announced.
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