RIP: Tom Bosley

Tom Bosley, the actor best known for his roles as Howard Cunningham on Happy Days and Father Frank Dowling on Father Dowling Mysteries, passed away today at his home in Palm Springs. He was 83.

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.”

Had a huge soft spot in my heart for Father Dowling growing up.

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