American actor Tom Bosley died from lung cancer at his Palm Springs, California home today October 18. He was 83. Bosley was born Thomas Edward Bosley on Ocotber 1, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois. He began his acting career on the stage in Chicago and then moved to New York City where he won a Tony for his performance in the 1959 musical "Fiorello!" about the former New York City Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia. He then was seen in TV films and series before becoming a star as Howard Cunningham on the hit TV series "Happy Days" (1974-1984). He would later become a co-star with Angela Lansbury on the TV series "Murder She Wrote" (1984-1988) and starring in "The Father Dowling Mysteries" (1987-1991). Bosely appeared in one Euro-western "Bang Bang Kid" (1967) as Merriweather P. Newberry and his robot.
Born in Toledo, Ohio in 1946 I have a BA degree in American History from Cal St. Northridge. I've been researching the American West and western films since the early 1980s and visiting filming sites in Spain and the U.S.A. Elected a member of the Spaghetti Western Hall of Fame 2010.