Well, what are you going to do? It’s a big world out there, full of people. Some of them die. From the New York Times.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tom Bosley, the patient, understanding father on television’s long-running “Happy Days,” has died. He was 83.

Bosley died of heart failure early Tuesday at a hospital near his Palm Springs home. Bosley’s agent, Sheryl Abrams, said he was also battling lung cancer.

When he was first offered the costarring role in “Happy Days,” a series about teenage life in the 1950s, he turned it down.

“After rereading the pilot script,” he recalled in a 1986 interview, “I changed my mind because of a scene between Howard Cunningham and Richie. The father/son situation was written so movingly, I fell in love with the project.”

Just think. If he had turned the project down and never fallen in love with the script, he might have died like the hundreds of thousands of people who die every day, without any mention of the event being made on a pop culture blog. R.I.P. Tom Bosley. You will be missed. You’re in heaven now, working out with the angels.

Comments (44)
  1. If people got pissed on the Dan Gordon-Levitt thread, I’m not sure I want to see what sort of ire the inevitable “Happy Days” jokes are going to incite.

    Okay, I was wrong, I DO want to see that. Go for it!

  2. I’m going to go SIT ON IT!!!

  3. Huh. I missed the episode of Happy Days that was written so movingly it made us reverse our career decisions.

  4. “I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me Tom Bosley or give me death!”

    -Bing

  5. Scott Baio just put a picture of a frowney face in his wallet

  6. First Barbara Billingsley, now this guy, who’s the third…?

    How about Janet Hubert-Whitten, the original Vivian from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air…?

    It’s a wild card, but you never know…

    • Sherman Hemsley (George Jefferson), Jean Stapleton (Edith Bunker), and Ralph Waite (Pa Walton) — all still alive — must be sweating bullets right now.

  7. “who?”
    “he was the dad on Happy Days”
    “happy days?”
    “it was a show on TV. you never watched Nick @ Nite?”
    “Nick at nite?”
    “Forget it.”
    “OK. i’m gunna go listen to Willow Smith on my Zune”

  8. What is this insidious menace that is killing off all of our elderly actors?

  9. Jadwiga’s in a broom closet, crying her eyes out. Certainly Tom Bosley has mourners.

  10. Time is kind to no one, not even The Fonz

  11. “Patient and understanding father.”

    Either I totally misread Howard Cunningham’s character or the New York Times has never seen an episode of Happy Days.

  12. Mongolian Death Worm? Not cool, Bing. Not cool.

  13. The best kind of tribute I can think of. From The Onion circa 1998 http://www.theonion.com/articles/no-youre-thinking-of-david-doyle,10842/

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