When my wife and I were married in the 1970s, we enjoyed a lot of sitcoms. It seemed like creativity ran rampant. Shows like “Mork and Mindy” and “Laverne and Shirley” were hilarious. As great as those shows were, they both emanated from the greatest TV show of all — “Happy Days.” Tom Bosley was a fixture in that show as the long-suffering father of all the teens who surrounded him.
Bosley, who played Howard Cunningham, played has died at 83 from lung cancer.
“Happy Days” was one of the best shows to watch as Bosley’s character helped ground the show. Here was a hardware shop owner who was as square as you could get trying to deal with teens who were going through the usual adolescent angst. Henry Winkler became an icon as “The Fonz.” The very popular comedian and actor Robin Williams came on the show as “Mork from Ork.”
“Happy Days” took place in the 1950s. There was a hidden message in that. Not only were these teens starting to change but the United States was changing. Rock and Roll music was coming to the fore. We were headed for a “Cold War” with Russia but that was not the focus, just the pre-cursor.
“Happy Days” was based on the movie “Happy Days.” This movie starred Ron Howard and Cindy Williams who would later be Shirley in “Laverne and Shirley.” “Happy Days” the movie jump-started the career of Richard Dreyfuss.
Throughout the building of the popularity of the television show Tom Bosley was the actor who was able to stabilize a show and keep it from getting “silly.” In the reference article Henry Winkler says that Tom Bosley was a mentor to him, no doubt.
I will never forget Mrs. Cunningham asking Mr. Cunningham, “Are you getting frisky Howard?”
We’ve lost one of the good guys.
ABC News Website, Craig McMurtrie, “Happy Days actor Tom Bosley dies”