(21 December 1980 - October 19, 2010)
Tom Bosley, the folksy father of Richie Cunningham on the `70s sitcom about the `50s, ABC`s Happy Days, died Tuesday in his Palm Springs, Calif., home. On Oct. 1, he had turned 83.
The actor died of a staph infection, according to TMZ, which first reported his death.
Before finding fame on the small screen, Bosley won a Tony for starring as the beloved New York City Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia in the Pulitzer-Prize-winning 1959 musical Fiorello!. He also made a memorable mark in the 1964 Peter Sellers cult comedy The World of Henry Orient, as the too-understanding husband of Angela Lansbury`s character.
After Happy Days, he would frequently costar with Lansbury on her CBS series, Murder She Wrote.