Tom Bosley will be missed. He passed away on Wednesday at the age of 83. Bosley delighted countless families with his role as Howard Cunningham, Richie’s father, on the extremely popular sitcom Happy Days. He also was well known for his role as Sherriff Amos Tupper in the long running detective series Murder She Wrote. He seemed to pop up acting here, there, everywhere. And his voice and fatherly demeanor made him a much loved and in demand actor. Here are 6 things you may not have known about the one and only Tom Bosley.
Although he was well known for playing a Catholic priest, he was far from Catholic, rather he was Jewish.
His acting debut was in a production of Our Town that played in his hometown of Chicago.
He continued to be involved in stage production and received a Tony Award for his performance Fiorello in 1959.
His first film role came in 1963 when he playing a man trying to woo Natalie Wood in Love with the Proper Stranger.
When not doing acting for stage and screen, he also was a commercial pitchman endorsing products such as Glad Trash Bags, D-Con, and Sonic Drive-Ins among others.
His last role was in the Jennifer Lopez romantic comedy vehicle The Backup Plan.