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Name: Tom Edward Bosley                                                                 
Born: 1 October 1927 Chicago, Illinois                                                 
Thomas Edward Bosley (born October 1, 1927) is an Emmy-nominated and Tony Award         
winning American actor, best known on-stage for his work in Fiorello!, and for         
his starring and supporting roles on television shows like Happy Days, Murder,         
She Wrote and the Father Dowling Mysteries.                                             
Bosley was born in Chicago, Illinois; he is Jewish. During World War II, Tom           
Bosley served in the U.S. Navy. While attending DePaul University in Chicago in         
1947, he made his stage debut in Our Town with the Canterbury Players at the           
Fine Arts Theatre. Bosley performed at the Woodstock Opera House in Woodstock,         
Illinois in 1949 and 1950 alongside Paul Newman.                                       
Bosley's breakthrough stage role was New York's Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia in         
the long-running Broadway musical Fiorello! (1959) for which he won a Tony Award.       
In 1994, Tom originated the role of Maurice in the Broadway version of Disney's         
Beauty & the Beast.                                                                     
His first motion picture role was in 1963, as the would-be suitor of Natalie           
Wood in Love with the Proper Stranger. Other films include The Triangle Factory         
Fire Scandal. Bosley shared a heartfelt story about his experience with the             
Holocaust in the documentary film Paper Clips.                                         
Bosley is best known as Howard Cunningham, Richie Cunningham's father, in the           
long-running television sitcom Happy Days. Bosley is also known for portraying         
Sheriff Amos Tupper on Murder, She Wrote. He also portrayed the titular Father         
Frank Dowling on the TV mystery series, Father Dowling Mysteries. In 2004,             
Bosley guest starred as a toy maker named Ben-Ami on the series finale of the           
Christian video series K10C: Kids' Ten Commandments. Among myriad television           
appearances, one notable early performance was in the "Eyes" segment of the 1969       
pilot episode of Rod Serling's Night Gallery, directed by Steven Spielberg and         
starring Joan Crawford. In 2008, Bosley will star in the television drama               
Charlie & Me.                                                                           
Bosley has several notable roles in animation, due to his resonant, fatherly yet       
expressive tone. Bosley is the voice of Harry Boyle in the animated series, Wait       
Till Your Father Gets Home. He provided the voice of the title character in the         
1980s cartoon The World of David the Gnome, and voiced the shop owner Mr. Winkle       
in the children's animated Christmas special The Tangerine Bear. He also               
narrated the movie documentary series That's Hollywood. Additionally, he played         
the narrator B.A.H. Humbug in the Rankin/Bass animated Christmas special The           
Stingiest Man In Town.                                                                 
He has endorsed Glad Trash Bags, D-Con, the IQ Computer and Sonic Drive-Ins, and       
currently is the spokesman for SMC Specialty Merchandise Corporation.                   
In 1984, Bosley guest-hosted the "Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular"         
with local newscaster Pat Harper. Bosley was criticized for a lackluster               
performance, exhibiting an apathetic expression, narrating in a hurried and             
monotone style, and refusing to acknowledge ad lib conversational attempts by           
his co-host. In a final gesture, Harper directly thanked Bosley for his                 
appearance, to which Bosley offered no response.