TV's 'Happy Days' dad dies after cancer fight
Tom Bosley, whose long acting career was highlighted by his hugely popular role as the understanding father on television's nostalgic, top-rated 1970s comedy series 'Happy Days', died yesterday. He was 83.
Bosley died of heart failure at a hospital near his Palm Springs home. His agent, Sheryl Abrams, said he was also battling lung cancer.
The show debuted in 1974 and ran for 11 seasons.
When he was first offered the co-starring role in Happy Days, a series about teenage life in the 1950s, he turned it down.
"After rereading the pilot script," he recalled in a 1986 interview, "I changed my mind because of a scene between Howard Cunningham and Richie. The father/son situation was written so movingly, I fell in love with the project."
Propelled by America's nostalgia for the simple pleasures of the 1950s, Happy Days, which debuted in 1974, built to hit status, becoming TV's top-rated series by its third season.