Friday, June 12, 2015

Who Are Those Guys? - Tom Bosley

Thomas Edward Bosley was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 1, 1927. Best known for his role as Howard Cunningham in the popular TV series "Happy Days", Bosley was born in Chicago and served in the US Navy before attending DePaul University. After becoming interested in an acting career, he studied at the Radio Institute of Chicago, and began performing on various radio programs. He made his debut on Broadway in the production "The Power and the Glory" (1958-1959), then began a lengthy television career during that same period. Bosley's breakthrough role was his Tony Award-winning performance as Fiorello LaGuardia in the musical "Fiorello!" (1959-1961), which was followed by scores of TV guest appearances on such programs as ‘Car 54, Where Are You?’, ‘Route 66’, ‘The Defenders’, ‘The Streets of San Francisco’, and many others. He found substantial film roles in the pictures "Love with the Proper Stranger" (1963), "The World of Henry Orient" (1964) and "Divorce American Style" (1967). After recurring parts in the series ‘The Debbie Reynolds Show’ (1969-1970) and ‘The Sandy Duncan Show’ (1972), Bosley would inherit the role of Howard Cunningham for the series "Happy Days", and with it he would become a household name, earning an Emmy Award nomination in 1978. Following the conclusion of the shows' run in 1984, he had a memorable supporting part as Sheriff Amos Tupper in the series "Murder, She Wrote" (1984-1988), and played the title role in "Father Dowling Mysteries" (1987-1991). He died from heart failure on October 19, 2010 in Palm Spring, California.

BOSLEY, Tom (Thomas Edward Bosley) [10/1/1927, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. - 10/19/2010, Palm Springs, California, U.S.A. (heart failure)] - stage, radio, TV, voice actor, married to dancer Jane Eliot [1933-1978] (1962-1978), father of producer, actress Amy Baer (Amy Elizabeth Bosley) [1966-    ], married to actress Patricia Carr [1938-    ] (1980-2010), co-founded Bosley-Carr Productions with his wife Patricia Carr [1981]
Bang Bang Kid - 1967 (Merriweather P. Newberry)

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