Tom Bosley From "Happy Days" Has Died

Tom Bosley, the patient, understanding father on television's long-running "Happy Days," has died. He was 83.

The family says Bosley died of heart failure at 4 a.m. Tuesday at a hospital near his Palm Springs home. Bosley's agent, Sheryl Abrams, says he was also battling lung cancer.

TV Guide ranked Bosley's Happy Days character No. 9 on its list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" in 2004.

The show debuted in 1974 and ran for 11 seasons.

After "Happy Days" ended, Bosley went on to a recurring role in "Murder, She Wrote" as Sheriff Amos Tucker. He also was the crime-solving priest in television's "The Father Dowling Mysteries," which ran from 1989 to 1991.

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  • by Joanne Location: Goldsboro on Oct 20, 2010 at 06:53 PM
    RIP Mr. C
  • by Sandy Location: NC on Oct 19, 2010 at 09:18 PM
    Good TV Show
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Oct 19, 2010 at 09:16 PM
    Rock around the clock to night. Great TV family show. How young we were in 1974. Miss you TV father.
  • by Stan Location: G'ville on Oct 19, 2010 at 05:11 PM
    The sit coms were good in that era, because of the writing and quality of the actors. There wasn't the "shock value" as much.RIP Howard.
  • by Mary Location: my pc on Oct 19, 2010 at 04:08 PM
    The 20 something group will remember him as the voice of 'David the Knome.' My children will miss him for that, I will miss yet another great actor.
  • by jerry Location: gray on Oct 19, 2010 at 04:05 PM
    just another sad reminder that the good guys from yesterday go away and making us realize we are getting old and no more really good shows are on tv anymore
  • by Mike Location: Jax on Oct 19, 2010 at 01:19 PM
    This hurts that all the good ones are going on. I guess heaven will be more betterer now.
  • by happy days on Oct 19, 2010 at 12:43 PM
    such a sad day. you will be missed. also loved you on Murder She wrote.
  • by Sheri Location: Jamesville on Oct 19, 2010 at 12:39 PM
    I loved Happy Days and Mr. C.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 19, 2010 at 11:45 AM
    A fond farewell to Mr C and Mrs Cleaver you both were already missed, as you served to remind us of more innocent and simpler times, good-bye.
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