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Tom Bosley, Howard Cunningham of 'Happy Days,' dies at 83

October 19, 2010 | 11:13 am

Bosley Tom Bosley, who portrayed the patient, understanding father on television's long-running "Happy Days," has died. He was 83.

Bosley died of heart failure early Tuesday in Palm Springs, said his agent Sheryl Abrams. He also had lung cancer.

TV Guide ranked Bosley's "Happy Days" character No. 9 on its list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" in 2004. The show debuted in 1974 and ran for 11 seasons.

After "Happy Days" ended, Bosley went on to a recurring role in "Murder, She Wrote" as Sheriff Amos Tucker. He also was the crime-solving priest in television's "The Father Dowling Mysteries."

A full obituary will follow at

-- Associated Press

Photo: On the set of "Happy Days," clockwise from top left, Henry Winkler, Ron Howard, Tom Bosley, Erin Moran and Marion Ross. Credit: Paramount Pictures