Tom Bosley

Actor
A Tony Award-winning turn on Broadway brought actor Tom Bosley to national attention, but his enduring fame derived from a string of television series and appearances from the late 1950s through the 1990s. Adept at ... Read more »
Born: 10/01/1927 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (98)

The Chocolate Fairy 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Back-Up Plan 2010 (Movie)

Arthur (Actor)

Charlie & Me 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Happy Days 30th Anniversary Reunion 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 6th Annual Family Television Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Paperclips 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Port Charles 1996 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Returning Mickey Stern 2003 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

Happy Days 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Johnny Bravo 1997 - 2001 (TV Show)

Voice

National Memorial Day Concert (2001) 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 3rd Annual Family Television Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Burke's Law 1985 - 1988, 1993 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Early Edition 1985 - 1988, 1993 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jack & Jill 1985 - 1988, 1995 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

TV Guide's Truth Behind the Sitcoms 4 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Walker, Texas Ranger 1985 - 1988, 1993 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Angela Lansbury: A Balancing Act 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Boy Meets World 1985 - 1988, 1995 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1985 - 1988, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Drew Carey Show 1985 - 1988, 1996 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Tangerine Bear 1999 (Movie)

of Mr Winkle (Voice)

Will & Grace 1986 - 1987, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

David the Gnome 1996 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

The Little Big Foot 2: Journey Home 1997 (Movie)

Ranger Tasker (Actor)

The 47th Annual Tony Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Parsley Garden 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Happy Days Reunion 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Father Dowling Mysteries 1988 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Fire and Rain 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Wicked Stepmother 1989 (Movie)

Lieutenant MacIntosh (Actor)

Happy Birthday, Hollywood! 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Million Dollar Mystery 1987 (Movie)

Sidney Preston (Actor)

Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night 1987 (Movie)

of Geppetto (Voice)

The Drunkard 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

O'Hara's Wife 1982 (Movie)

Fred O'Hara (Actor)

That's Hollywood 1977 - 1982 (TV Show)

Narrator

Make 'em Laugh 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rebels 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Rich Little's Washington Follies 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Love Boat 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Olivia Newton-John Show 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Gus 1976 (Movie)

Spinner (Actor)

Kolchak: The Night Stalker 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Mitzi and a Hundred Guys 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Yogi's Gang 1973 - 1975 (TV Show)

Voice

Miracle on 34th Street 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dean Martin Show 1965 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Mixed Company 1973 (Movie)

Al (Actor)

The Sandy Duncan Show 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Streets of San Francisco 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Wait Til Your Father Gets Home 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Voice

Bobby Jo and the Big Apple Goodtime Band 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

To Find a Man 1972 (Movie)

Mr Katchaturian (Actor)

Vanished 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

What's Up, America? 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

What's Up? 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Night Gallery 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

The Debbie Reynolds Show 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

Marcus Welby, M.D. 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

The Secret War of Harry Frigg 1968 (Movie)

General Pennypacker (Actor)

Yours, Mine and Ours 1968 (Movie)

Doctor (Actor)

Divorce American Style 1967 (Movie)

Farley (Actor)

Profiles in Courage 1964 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

Car 54, Where Are You? 1961 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

Love With the Proper Stranger 1963 (Movie)

Anthony Colombo (Actor)

The World of Henry Orient 1963 (Movie)

Frank Boyd (Actor)

Alice in Wonderland 1955 - 1956 (TV Show)

Actor

A Step Out of Line (TV Show)

Actor

An Evening at the Improv (TV Show)

Actor

Black Market Baby (TV Show)

Actor

Death Cruise (TV Show)

Actor

Fire and Rain (Movie)

Derryl Price (Actor)

For the Love of It (TV Show)

Actor

Hidden Places (TV Show)

Actor

Mary Christmas (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones (TV Show)

Actor

No Place to Run (TV Show)

Actor

Private Sessions (TV Show)

Actor

Testimony of Two Men (TV Show)

Actor

The Bastard (TV Show)

Actor

The Fallen Ones (TV Show)

Actor

The Jesse Owens Story (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Survivors (TV Show)

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The Rebels (TV Show)

Actor

The Return of Mod Squad (TV Show)

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Who Is the Black Dahlia? (TV Show)

Actor

With This Ring (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A Tony Award-winning turn on Broadway brought actor Tom Bosley to national attention, but his enduring fame derived from a string of television series and appearances from the late 1950s through the 1990s. Adept at playing average Joes with an inquisitive or irascible streak, Bosley found the perfect apotheosis of that persona playing Howard Cunningham, the perpetually exasperated but kind-hearted dad on "Happy Days" (ABC, 1974-1984). The show's staggering popularity ensured that Bosley would be the go-to for lovable father figures for decades to come. He later divided his acting roles between characters of that ilk and more curmudgeonly types like Sheriff Amos Tupper on "Murder, She Wrote" (CBS, 1984-1996) and the title sleuth in "The Father Dowling Mysteries" (NBC/ABC, 1987-1991). Meanwhile, his onscreen appearances were fewer and farther between in his later years, with an episode of "That 70s Show" (Fox, 1998-2006), the TV movie "Charlie & Me" (Hallmark Channel, 2008) and a small part in "The Back-Up Plan" (2010) marking some of his final roles. Despite his limited output in the 21st century, Bosley nonetheless remained a revered and well-remembered performer across several generations.

Relationships

Benjamin Bosley

Father

Dora Bosley

Mother

Barbara Barrie Actor

Cousin

Dora Bosley

Mother

Amy Bosley

Daughter
Mother, Jean Eliot married to producer Matthew Baer

Patricia Carr-Bosley Actor

Wife
Married Dec, 21, 1980 until his death Oct. 19, 2010

Jean Eliot

Wife
Married from 1962 until her death in 1978

Donald Freed Screenplay

Cousin

Virginia Graham Actor

Aunt

Tony Randall Actor

Cousin

EDUCATION

De Paul University

Chicago , Illinois 1946

Actors Studio

New York , New York 1952
Trained with Lee Strasberg

Radio Institute of Chicago

Chicago , Illinois 1947 - 1948

Milestones

2010

Appeared in "The Backup Plan," starring Jennifer Lopez

2008

Starred in the Hallmark Channel television movie, "Charlie & Me"

2004

Guest starred as a toy maker named Ben-Ami on the series finale of the Christian video series "K10C: Kids' Ten Commandments"

1997

Headlined a US touring company of "Show Boat"

1994

Returned to Broadway as Belle's father in "Disney's Beauty and the Beast"

1987

Played title role in the series, "The Father Dowling Mysteries" (NBC, 1989; ABC, 1990-91)

1984

Had a recurring role as Amos Tucker on "Murder, She Wrote" (CBS) starring Angela Lansbury

1978

Played Benjamin Franklin in the syndicated TV-movies, "The Bastard" and "The Rebels"

1974

Played Howard Cunningham, father of Richie Cunningham, on "Happy Days" (ABC)

1972

Played the boss on "The Sandy Duncan Show" (CBS)

1972

Voiced the father for the animated series, "Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home" (syndicated)

1970

Made TV-movie debut, "A Step Out of Line" (CBS)

1968

Cast as regular on the NBC sitcom, "The Debbie Reynolds Show"

1968

Played title role in Broadway production of "The Education of H*Y*M*A*N K*A*P*L*A*N"

1964

Played the too-understanding husband of Angela Lansbury's character in the Peter Sellers cult comedy, "The World of Henry Orient"

1964

Was regular player on "That Was the Week That Was"

1963

Made film debut in "Love With the Proper Stranger" as the would-be suitor of Natalie Wood

1962

Portrayed Teddy Brewster in the Hallmark Hall of Fame version of "Arsenic and Old Lace"

1959

Won a Tony for playing the beloved New York City Mayor in the Pulitzer-Prize-winning Broadway musical, "Fiorello!"

1955

Early TV appearance, playing the Knave of Hearts in Eva Le Gallienne's production of "Alice in Wonderland"

1955

Made Off-Broadway debut in "Thieves' Carnival"

1947

Made stage debut in Chicago production of "Golden Boy"

1947

Appeared with Woodstock Summer Playhouse

Starred in US tour of "Luv"

Bonus Trivia

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Bosley served as a member of the governing council of Actors' Equity Association.

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