Tom Bosley, famous for his depiction of Mr. Cunningham in Happy Days, died today. He was 83.
TMZ reports a representative of Bosley's family said he "died of natural causes or specifically, from a brief battle with lung cancer." The website also reports that Bosley had been fighting a staph infection.
Bosley's career was impressive. He won a Tony Award for his breakout role as New York City mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia in the Broadway musical Fiorello! in 1959. In 1974, he took his role as Mr. Cunningham. Following his Happy Days stint, he worked as a voice actor and took numerous small roles throughout the years, including the '80s cartoon The World of David the Gnome. His most recent credit was a small role 2010's The Back-Up Plan. And to top it off, TV Guide ranked him number 9 on their "Top TV Dads of All Time" list.
Mr. Bosley, you will be missed.
Family members tell TMZ.com the star had been battling a staph infection, but further details regarding his death were unavailable as WENN went to press.
After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Bosley made his stage debut in Our Town with Chicago's Canterbury Players.
He later shared the stage with Paul Newman at the Woodstock Opera House in Illinois, but his breakthrough stage role came in 1959 when he portrayed New York Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia in Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Fiorello! The part won him a Tony Award.
But Bosley is perhaps best remembered for his role as patriarch Howard Cunningham on the hit TV sitcom Happy Days, which ran from 1974 to 1984.
He also landed a string of notable film and TV credits, including Murder, She Wrote and Father Dowling Mysteries, and more recently cameos in That '70s Show and One Tree Hill.
Bosley last appeared in 2010 comedy The Back-up Plan, starring Jennifer Lopez.