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Actor Tom Bosley aka ‘Mr. C’ of Happy Day’s Dead at 83…May He Rest In Peace.

Breaking News- Celebrity website TMZ is reporting that veteran T.V. star and character actor Tom Bosley,83, has passed away at his home in Palm Springs,Ca., from his fight battling a staph infection.(TMZ)

Conflicting reports from Bosley’s agent, Sheryl Abrams, says Bosley died of heart failure at 4 a.m. Tuesday in Los Angeles. She says he was also battling lung cancer.(NPR)

Tom Bosley portrayed Howard Cunningham in 1970's Happy Days T.V. series on ABC network.

Tom Bosley portrayed Howard Cunningham in 1970's Happy Days T.V. series on ABC network.

Staphylococcus is a group of bacteria that can cause a multitude of diseases as a result of infection of various tissues of the body. Staph-related illness can range from mild and requiring no treatment to severe and potentially fatal.(Source)

There have been studies that show Study shows hospital staph infections cause 12,000 deaths, cost $9.5 billion annually.(Source)

Tom Bosley was 83 years old, and was mostly remembered for his portrayal of Richie Cunningham’s dad , portrayed by Ron Howard, and mentor to family friend and neighborhood cool thug, the Fonz, as portrayed brilliantly by Henry Winkler.

Ron Howard and Tom Bosley on the set of Happy Days...

Ron Howard and Tom Bosley on the set of Happy Days...

On the show, he was known by his family and friends as Mr.C.

Although Happy Days was his most famous work, Tom Bosley also starred in Murder, She Wrote, and Father Dowling Mysteries, as well as the title role in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Fiorello!.(WIKI)

The news comes as a surprise to his co-stars from his T.V. family, and Henry Winkler told TMZ this morning that he was in shock.

…Tom Bosley was our mentor. He was a true artist … a great husband, and a fabulous father and grandfather. He will be sorely missed, but never forgotten…(TMZ)

Many American youth’s that grew up in the 1970’s remember how popular Happy Days was on television, and during that period, the show itself, caused a pop culture phenomenon, and had every teen looking back at the fashions and fads of the 50’s.(ABC)

 

Mr. C and Mrs. C...Tom Bosley and Marion Ross on the Happy Days set.

Mr. C and Mrs. C...Tom Bosley and Marion Ross on the Happy Days set.

Mr.C and Mrs. C, portrayed by Marion Ross, became the parental figures of a lot of teens in our culture.

Here is a link to a commercial Tom Bosley and Marion Ross were in together, portraying, yet again,husband and wife.(Video)

The news of Tom Bosley’s death comes just a few days after the sad passing of another T.V. icon, Barbara Billingsley, who portrayed the quintessential American mother, and housewife,June Cleaver for the entire run of the Leave It To Beaver series.(Source)

It seems like all of T.V. parents from our youth, at least a lot of baby boomers, are passing into history.

We are all enriched by the work and filmed legacy that Tom Bosley has left behind, and his memory will live on forever through his movie and television series, which still play, everyday, in every city in America, and around the world.

Tom Bosley was an American icon, and an T.V. legend…

May he rest in peace…

Tom Bosley with the cast of 'Happy Days'.

Tom Bosley with the cast of 'Happy Days'.

Source:

TMZ

Washington Post

Entertainment Weekly

 

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