83 (passed away Oct. 19th, 2010)
Oct. 1st, 1927
Chicago, Illinois, USA
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Actor Thomas Edward Bosley was born in Chicago on October 1, 1927, Bosley was the son of Benjamin Bosley, a real estate broker, and Dora Bosley, a former concert pianist. "We were fairly wealthy until the stock market crashed," he once told People magazine. "When I was 2, my father lost all his money." His parents divorced nine years later, but Bosely lived a fairly idyllic childhood, in which he dreamed of becoming the "star left-fielder for the Cubs." He eventually gave up this dream, however, when he realized that he was "short, heavy, and not good at any sports."
In 1945, at the age of 17, Bosley joined the U.S. Navy. After a stint in the service, he enrolled at DePaul University with the intention of studying pre-law. In his first year, however, he still felt called to the world of sports. Knowing that he would never be a star player, Bosley hoped he could at least work in the stadium. Midway through his college career, he transferred to the Radio Institute of Chicago with the goal of becoming a sports announcer.
- Starred in two different Sitcoms based on _"Love, American Style" (1969)_ (qv) sketches. _"Wait Till Your Father Gets Home" (1972)_ (qv) and _"Happy Days" (1974)_ (qv) Even played the original character in "Love and the Old-Fashioned Father" segment.
- Won Broadway's 1960 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Musical) for playing the title role of Mayor Fiorello La Guardia in "Fiorello."
- His daughter, 'Amy Bosley' (qv), has given him 3 grandchildren. Amy had guest-starred several times on her father's TV series _"Happy Days" (1974)_ (qv).
- Bosley was the host of CBS Radio's "General Mills Radio Adventure Theater" in 1977.
- Howard Cunningham, Bosley's character on _"Happy Days" (1974)_ (qv), was ranked #9 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" [20 June 2004 issue].
- Originated the role of Belle's father, Maurice, in the Broadway Production of the Disney musical 'Beauty and the Beast'.
- Spokesman for SMC (Specialty Merchandise Corporation). Lynda Levine, daughter of SMC founder Abe Levine, is a childhood friend of 'Amy Bosley' (qv). Lynda is Exec-VP of SMC.
- Along with 'Henry Winkler' (qv), he is one of only two actors to appear in every episode of _"Happy Days" (1974)_ (qv).
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