Mr. Cunningham, Tom Bosley, has died!

Actor Tom Bosley best known for his role as the father of a “typical American family” on TV show “Happy Days,” has died at 83 years old today.

Bosley began his TV career on a number of popular 1960s TV shows such as “Route 66,” “Dr. Kildare,” “Marcus Welby, M.D.” and “Bonanza.” But it was his role at the father, on the long-running “Happy Days” where he had the most success as a hardware store owner in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

“Happy Days” – a great show! – ran from 1974 to 1984 and was a hit series that made Henry Winkler (The Fonz) a major Hollywood star and sparked the adult success of Director Ron Howard, who played Richie Cunningham. The show also launced the career of Scott Baio. I personally liked the fact that “Potsie” Webber’s real name was Warren. I liked Arnold’s and wished we had one in my area growing up. And seriously, how many of us tried turning on a juke box by hitting it the way Fonzie did. Ayyyyyyyy.

When the show ended, Bosley returned to character work on TV with roles in numerous popular series such as “The Love Boat” and to even more prominence on “Murder, She Wrote.”

He continued working well into the 2000s with parts in series such as “That ’70s Show.” which I do not remember because I hated that show!

The Leopard Lodge is going to miss their Grand Poobah. RIP Tom.

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