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Tom Bosley

(1927 – 2010)

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Tom Bosley

Tom Bosley
(1927 – 2010)

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Tom Bosley

(1927 – 2010)
About Tom
This is a tribute dedicated to Tom Bosley. Thomas Edward Bosley was an American actor, best known for portraying Howard Cunningham on the long-running ABC sitcom Happy Days. Additionally, he appeared on the series Murder, She Wrote and Father Dowling Mysteries, and originated the title role of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical Fiorello!, earning the 1960 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical.
Tom Bosley was born in Chicago, the son of Dora (née Heyman) and Benjamin Bosley.[Although well known for playing a Catholic priest—and numerous Protestants— Tom Bosley was actually Jewish. During World War II, Tom Bosley served in the United States Navy. While attending
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DePaul University, in Chicago, in 1947, he made his stage debut in Our Town with the Canterbury Players at the Fine Arts Theatre. Tom Bosley performed at the Woodstock Opera House in Woodstock, Illinois, in 1949 and 1950 alongside Paul Newman.
Tom Bosley played the Knave of Hearts in a Hallmark Hall of Fame telecast of Eva Le Gallienne's production of Alice in Wonderland in 1955. But his breakthrough stage role was New York mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia in the long-running Broadway musical Fiorello! (1959), for which he won a Tony Award. In 1994, he originated the role of Maurice in the Broadway version of Disney's Beauty and the Beast.
His first motion picture role was in 1963, as the would-be suitor
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of Natalie Wood in Love with the Proper Stranger. Other films include The World of Henry Orient, Divorce American Style, Yours, Mine and Ours, Gus and the made-for-television The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal. Bosley shared a heartfelt story about his experience with the Holocaust in the documentary film Paper Clips.
Among his early television appearances was in 1960 on the CBS summer replacement series, Diagnosis: Unknown, with Patrick O'Neal. In 1962, he portrayed Assistant District Attorney Ryan in the episode "The Man Who Wanted to Die" on James Whitmore's ABC legal drama The Law and Mr. Jones. In 1969, he appeared in a comical episode of The Virginian.
Tom Bosley's best known role was the character
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Howard Cunningham, Richie Cunningham's father, in the long-running sitcom Happy Days. Tom Bosley was also known for portraying Sheriff Amos Tupper on Murder, She Wrote. He also portrayed the eponymous Father Frank Dowling on the TV mystery series, Father Dowling Mysteries. Among myriad television appearances, one notable early performance was in the "Eyes" segment of the 1969 pilot episode of Rod Serling's Night Gallery, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Joan Crawford.
Also a voice actor, Tom Bosley hosted The General Mills Radio Adventure Theater, a 1977 radio drama series for children. He voiced many cartoon characters, including Harry Boyle in the animated series Wait Till Your Father Gets Home.
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He provided the voice of the title character in the 1980s cartoon The World of David the Gnome and the shop owner Mr. Winkle in the children's Christmas special The Tangerine Bear. He also narrated the movie documentary series That's Hollywood. Additionally, he played the narrator B.A.H. Humbug in the Rankin/Bass animated Christmas special The Stingiest Man In Town. Tom Bosley was also the voice of Mister Geppetto, Pinocchio's 'dad' in Filmation's Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night, released in 1987. Tom Bosley also starred in the 2008 Hallmark Channel television movie Charlie & Me. In 2010 he appeared in The Backup Plan starring Jennifer Lopez.
In 1984, Tom Bosley guest-hosted the "Macy's Fourth of July
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Fireworks Spectacular" with local newscaster Pat Harper.
Tom Bosley also toured as Cap'n Andy in Harold Prince's 1994 revival of Show Boat.
Later in life Tom was the television spokesman for SMC (Specialty Merchandise Corporation), a national wholesaler and dropshipper.
Tom Bosley passed away on October 19, 2010, at a hospital near his home in Palm Springs, California. This is a memorial dedicated to his life and his career. May he rest in peace.
Remembrance Messages
On 30th Oct 2010
Joseph's Angel
wrote:
Hope is such a marvelous thing. It bends, it twists, it
sometimes hides, but rarely does it break. It sustains us
when nothing else can. It gives us reason to continue and
courage to move ahead, when we tell ourselves we'd rather give in.
Hope puts a smile on our face when the heart cannot
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Joseph's Angel
message continued:
manage.
Hope puts our feet on the path when our eyes can not see it.
Hope moves us to act when our souls are confused of the direction.
Hope is a wonderful thing, something to be cherished and
nurtured, and something that will refresh us in return. And it
can be found in each of us, and it can bring light into the
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Joseph's Angel
message continued:
darkest of places.
Never lose HOPE !
Never lose FAITH !!
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Tom Bosley

This is a tribute dedicated to Tom Bosley. Thomas Edward Bosley was an American actor, best known for portraying Howard Cunningham on the long-running ABC sitcom Happy Days. Additionally, he appeared on the series Murder, She Wrote and Father Dowling Mysteries, and originated the title role of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical Fiorello!, earning the 1960 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical.
Tom Bosley was born in Chicago, the son of Dora (née Heyman) and Benjamin Bosley.[Although well known for playing a Catholic priest—and numerous Protestants— Tom Bosley was actually Jewish. During World War II, Tom Bosley served in the United States Navy. While attending...

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