Remembering Tom Bosley

After working virtually non-stop as an actor since his first television appearance in 1959, Tom Bosley passed away after a battle with lung cancer on October 19, 2010. 

He was a performer beloved by fans (as evidenced by this nice tribute by Open Salon blogger Bobbot) and by fellow actors (as shown by the kind words of his former castmates compiled by OK Magazine).

Bosley had a voice and a face that was easily memorable.  Best known for his role as Howard Cunningham on Happy Days, he also played a priest detective on Father Dowling Mysteries and a very nice stage performance as Herr Schultz in the Broadway musical Cabaret.

During the final scene of the final episode of Happy Days, one of the guilty pleasure sitcoms of my youth, Bosley as Mr. C gives a heartfelt toast that seemed to be not just to his fellow characters but also to the audience: "Well, what can I say? Both of our children are married now and they're starting out to build lives of their own. And I guess when you reach a milestone like this you have to have to reflect back on, on what you've done and, and what you've accomplished. Marion and I have not climbed Mount Everest or written a great American novel. But we've had the joy of raising two wonderful kids, and watching them and their friends grow up into loving adults. And now, we're gonna have the pleasure of watching them pass that love on to their children. And I guess no man or woman could ask for anything more. So thank you all for being, part of our family... To happy days."

Thank you, Mr. Bosley, for providing us with so many fond memories and being part of our extended TV family.  Rest in peace.