Thomas Edward Bosley

Thomas Edward Bosley

83 (passed away Oct. 19th, 2010)
Oct. 1st, 1927
Born in
Chicago, Illinois, USA
5' 6

Thomas Edward Bosley's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Happy Days TV Show
Happy Days
Father Dowling Mysteries TV Show
Father Dowling Mysteries
Wait Till Your Father Gets Home TV Show
Wait Till Your Father Gets Home
The Debbie Reynolds Show TV Show
The Debbie Reynolds Show
Testimony of Two Men TV Show
Testimony of Two Men
The Sandy Duncan Show TV Show
The Sandy Duncan Show
Diagnosis: Unknown TV Show
Diagnosis: Unknown
Living in TV Land TV Show
Living in TV Land
Sarge TV Show
Temperatures Rising TV Show
Temperatures Rising
The Law and Mr. Jones TV Show
The Law and Mr. Jones
Maggie TV Show
Tenafly TV Show
The Most Deadly Game TV Show
The Most Deadly Game
The Silent Force TV Show
The Silent Force

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Originated the role of Belle's father, Maurice, in the Broadway Production of the Disney musical 'Beauty and the Beast'.
  • 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."
  • 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].
  • Along with 'Henry Winkler' (qv), he is one of only two actors to appear in every episode of _"Happy Days" (1974)_ (qv).
  • Bosley was the host of CBS Radio's "General Mills Radio Adventure Theater" in 1977.

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