Tom Bosley of ‘Happy Days’ Dead at 83

Tom Bosley, the father of Richie Cunningham on Happy Days died Tuesday in his Palm Springs, California at the age of 83.


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According to TMZ, Bosley died of a staph infection.

Before playing a father in the 70s sitcom about the 50s, Bosley won a Tony award for his starring performance in the 1959 Pulitzer-Prize-winning musical, Fiorello!. Fans also remember him in the 1964 comedy, The World of Henry Orient, as the husband of Angela Lansbury’s character.

Bosley also co-starred with Lansbury on her CBS show, Murder She Wrote.

Happy Days co-star Henry Winkler told Los Angeles’s KNX-1070 News Radio, “I’m in shock, I really am. I spoke to him just a few weeks ago and he seemed to be getting his strength back.”

Bosley had recently celebrated his 83rd birthday on October 1st.

Barbara Billingsley of Leave It to Beaver is another iconic TV actor that passed away days before Bosley’s death.

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