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Posted at 2:00 PM ET, 10/19/2010

Tom Bosley of 'Happy Days' fame has died

By Jen Chaney

First June Cleaver. Now this.

Tom Bosley, who played the always understanding, perpetually frisky Howard Cunningham on TV's "Happy Days," has died at the age of 83. According to TMZ, Bosley had lung cancer.

Bosley did many things during his lengthy career on stage and television. He won a Tony Award. He solved many mysteries as Father Dowling. He encouraged us to buy Glad trash bags.

But above all else, Bosley was always Mr. C, father of Richie and Joanie, advisor to Fonzie and husband of his beloved Marion. Who wouldn't want a father like Mr. Cunningham, the kind of guy who was always there for his children? The kind of guy who even supported Richie when he got blasted and brought home a dancing girl from a bachelor party.

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The kind of guy who would take his kid to a Grand Poobah convention.

The kind of guy who never stopped getting frisky with his wife.

Sure, his and Marion's treatment of their son Chuck was questionable, given his mysterious disappearance and all. But overall, Howard Cunningham was as good as it gets, the sort of father that every man could only hope to be.

And Bosley? He, too, was a class act, as his co-stars have attested. Both Henry Winkler and Scott Baio have already paid tribute to Bosley; undoubtedly more statements from the "Happy Days" cast will be forthcoming.

"Tom Bosley was our mentor. He was a true artist ... a great husband, and a fabulous father and grandfather," Winkler told TMZ. "He will be sorely missed, but never forgotten."

By Jen Chaney  | October 19, 2010; 2:00 PM ET
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Posted by: JLRGG | October 19, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

This is so sad. First June, now Mr. C. Not a good week for family sitcom stars.

Posted by: epjd | October 19, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

RIP, Fiorello.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | October 19, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

God bless Mr. Tom Bosley, Navy veteran of World War 2.

Sailor, rest your oar.

Posted by: screwjob22 | October 19, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

He caught Chachi boning Joni and had a coronary ... RIP

Posted by: OhTheHumanity | October 19, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

I'm NOT "OhTheHumanity."

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | October 19, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

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