Bosley on Happy Days
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.
People always mixed up Bosley and Doyle. I still don't see it.
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.
link: CBC News – Television – Happy Days actor Tom Bosley dies.
Barbara Billingsley, best know for her role as June Cleaver on Leave it to Beaver, 1957-1963, is no longer coming down to breakfast. The June Cleaver character is a frequently, sometimes inaccurately, used symbol in media criticism of the shiny, oblivious, chavanistic suburban life invented for television in 1950s. June was a housewife who wore pearls while vacuuming, doted on her husband and boys, and never cracked the binding on the Feminine Mystique. It’s true that in the Cleaver’s town of Mayfield there was no racism (or black people), no McCarthyism, and no desire in women for life beyond the foyer. On the other hand, Leave It To Beaver was a great show because it was actually funny, often deliberately absurd, and never a depiction as bland and idealized as people make it out to be. Also, I suspect that part of the reason the 1950’s are so elevated in the conservative imagination, is because perfect suburban neighborhoods, bridge clubs, and women officing in the kitchen, for good or ill, is a lot the way it was, or at least the way a myopic post-war American culture wanted things to be.
link: Barbara Billingsley of \’Leave it to Beaver\’ fame dies – CNN.com.
Stephen J Cannell, that creepy bearded guy with a pipe after every episode of A-Team, Greatest American Hero, 21 Jumpstreet and many other bad tv shows of the 80s, is no longer coming down for breakfast.
link: Stephen J. Cannell Obituary: View Stephen Cannell\’s Obituary by MPNnow.
link: Tony Curtis, Hollywood Icon, Dies at 85 – Obituary (Obit) – NYTimes.com
Tony Curtis is no longer coming down for breakfast. I’ve never been a big Tony Curtis guy. I always felt like he was lucky to be surrounded by great actors and great directors. But my favorite movie with Tony Curtis is The Sweet Smell of Success:
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