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'Happy Days' actor Tom Bosley dies at 83


First June Cleaver, and now Howard Cunningham -- it's been a sad stretch for fans of the iconic American sitcom family.

Happy-days-bosley Tom Bosley, the actor best known as the "Happy Days" patriarch, died of heart failure Tuesday at a hospital near his Palm Springs home, his agent said. Bosley, 83, had fought a brief battle with lung cancer.

"My last conversations with Tom reflected the love of life and peace of mind that he always maintained throughout his full and rewarding life," Ron Howard said in a statement. Howard, of course, played Mr. C's son Richie before donning his director's hat. "I miss him already."

Henry Winkler, a.k.a Arthur Fonzarelli, told E! News, "We were a make-believe family for 10 years, and like a real family for over 30," and Scott "Chachi" Baio called Bosley "a professional and funny guy."

TV wife Marion Ross said in a statement, "We made a perfect couple. I played piccolo to his tuba."

Bosley, whose film and TV career ran from 1959 through his appearance in the 2010 Jennifer Lopez movie, "The Back-up Plan," also had notable roles in "Murder, She Wrote" and "The Father Dowling Mysteries."

Barbara Billingsley, the matriarch of the "Leave It to Beaver" Cleaver clan, died on Saturday at age 94.

Services for Bosley will be private.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Top photo: Tom Bosley in a scene from the 2010 release "The Back-up Plan." Credit: Peter Iovino / CBS Films 

Second photo: Bosley with, clockwise from his left, Erin Moran, Marion Ross, Henry Winkler and Ron Howard on the set of "Happy Days," which ran from 1974 to 1984. Credit: Paramount Pictures

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Goodnight Mr. B! Thanks for playing Mr. C and being there for us when we were growin' up watching Happy Days. You were a father to the whole country.

@John Michals -- Christie D'Zurilla here from MOG. I remember coming in out of the back yard, during Daylight Saving Time when it was still light outside, to watch "Happy Days" on the small but new color TV, because the show was sooooo good. Oh, the '70s. :)

RIP Tom Bosley.


When i was young about say 13yrs of age it would b me and my uncle and sometimes my grandmother would b watching my all time show Happy Days and i would never get tired of watching espically when the last episode was when Chachi asked Jonnie 2 married her so she said yes and the whole family of the cunning hamm joined the wedding of the century and then after that it went back 2 da beginning only when Jonnie was then very young say about 13years of age with freckles on her face and the fonz had just met Howard Cuhnninghamm and those were the glorious days of watching Happy Days cause it brings family closer 2gether and that is something u can cherrish 4 da rest of ur life it's sad 2 c ur super tv star passing but i will cherrish every memory of those tv moments of Happy DAYS 4 as long as i live R.I.P TOM U will always have a place in my heart 4 those sitcoms of tv shows happy days,murder she wrote will always b with me


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