Tom Bosley, Award-Winning Actor, Dies at 83

Oct 19, 2010, 15:45 ET from The Bosley Family

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Tom Bosley, star of stage and screen, died after a brief battle with lung cancer on October 19 in Rancho Mirage.  He was 83.

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Bosley enjoyed an extraordinary career that spanned 62 years and included successes in theater, film and television.  He is perhaps best known for his role as Mr. Cunningham on the TV series, "Happy Days," for which he received two Emmy nominations over twelve years.  Additional highlights include a Tony Award for his performance in the 1959 Broadway hit "Fiorello!." He made his motion picture debut in Love With A Proper Stranger, starring Natalie Wood and Steve McQueen.  Over the past sixty years Bosley enjoyed a distinguished career in television that included a co-starring role with Angela Lansbury in the hit series, "Murder She Wrote," followed by his own series, "The Father Dowling Mysteries."  He returned to Broadway in 1994 starring as Belle's father in "Beauty and the Beast."

Mr. Bosley is survived by his wife Patricia Bosley, his brother Richard Bosley, his daughter Amy Baer, stepdaughters Kimberly diBonaventura and Jamie Van Meter and seven grandchildren.

SOURCE The Bosley Family