Happy Days Father Tom Bosley Dies at 83

Tom Bosley who is best known for his portrayal of Howard Cunningham the husband of Marion Cunningham and the father of Richie and Joanie Cunningham in Happy Days has died of lung cancer at the age of 83 but cause of death was heart failure.

Bosley appeared as the father of a typical family in the midwest during the 50’s. He and his wife let Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli live in their house at one point in the series creating many great comedy situations.

Happy Days was shown on the ABC television network from 1974-1984. It has been 36 years since the show made its debut on television.

The Father Dowling Mysteries featured Bosley as a Catholic priest which aired from 1987-1991.

He was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 1, 1927 and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Television fans have lost two icons in Barbara Billingsley and Tom Bosley in less than a week. Once more we are reminded of how much we loved the shows filmed in the 50’s like Leave it to Beaver and Happy Days which was filmed in the 70’s but was about a typical family living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin during the 50’s.


Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

2 thoughts on “Happy Days Father Tom Bosley Dies at 83”

  1. In the series Happy Days, he not only had Richie and Joannie, he had another son. His oldest son was Chuck played by Randolph Roberts. He was in only two episodes and then quietly disappeared. There is a statue of Fonzie on the shores of the Milwaukee River. The whole cast was here when it was dedicated.

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