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Tom Bosley, One Of TV's Favorite Dads, Dies At 83

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Robert Siegel has this remembrance of actor Tom Bosley, of the long-running television show Happy Days. Bosley died Tuesday morning at age 83.


Finally this hour, a farewell to a TV dad.

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SIEGEL: Tom Bosley was best known for his role as Mr. C., Howard Cunningham, on "Happy Days." He died this morning after a battle with lung cancer.

From 1974 to 1984, Americans tuned in to watch as Bosley played the calm and reasoned dad.

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Mr. TOM BOSLEY (Actor): (as Howard Cunningham) Richard, now when I was your age...

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Mr. BOSLEY: (as Howard Cunningham) Yeah?

Ms. MARION ROSS (Actor): (as Marion Cunningham) Howard, you're missing Uncle Miltie wearing a dress.

Mr. BOSLEY: (as Howard Cunningham) I'll be right there. Truth is the best answer, believe me.

SIEGEL: Before Bosley's TV days, in 1960 he won a Tony Award for his performance as Fiorello LaGuardia in "Fiorello." And after "Happy Days," he went on to play the cantankerous sheriff on "Murder She Wrote." Tom Bosley was 83 years old.

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