Tom Bosley, best known for his tv role as Howard Cunningham on Happy Days, 1974-1984, is no longer coming down for breakfast.
Bosley was a veteran stage actor, he won a Tony award in 1959 for the musical Fiorello! He is familiar to most people from television on Happy Days, Murder She Wrote, Father Dowling Mysteries, and TV commercials and infomercials in which he mostly played Tom Bosley. I recall for a time people also confused him with the late actor David Doyle, although I never did.
Happy Days is one of those shows I watched religiously in childhood and now I recognize that all but the first season sucked. The original idea was borrowed wholesale from the movie American Grafitti, including the staring actor Ron Howard. They first shot Happy Days on film, with some pretty daring story lines for a prime time sitcom. The second season they went to multi camera video, brought in a jovial studio audience, scrubbed a major character from everybody’s memory (lost brother Chuck), and flipped the Cunningham household set around so that the front door was on the right. I guess a door on that side was much less controversial, but not any funnier. The show was never the same again for ten irratating seasons.
However, Tom Bosley was a funny actor, and, I gather, a charitable person. RIP.