Tom Bosley

Tom Bosley

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Stingiest Man in Town (1978)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Million Dollar Mystery (1987)
  • Birthday: Oct 1, 1927
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • While growing up in Chicago, Tom Bosley dreamed of becoming the star left-fielder for the Cubs. As it turned out, the closest Bosley got to organized athletics was a sportscasting class at DePauw University. After additional training at the Radio Institute of Chicago and two years' practical experience in various dramatic radio programs and stock companies, he left for New York in 1950. Five years of odd jobs and summer-theater stints later, he landed his first off-Broadway role, playing Dupont-Dufort in Jean Anouilh's Thieves' Carnival. Steadier work followed at the Arena Theatre in Washington, D.C.; then in 1959, Bosley landed the starring role in the Broadway musical Fiorello!, picking up a Tony Award, an ANTA Award, and the New York Drama Critics Award in the bargain. In 1963, he made his film bow as Natalie Wood's "safe and secure" suitor Anthony Colombo in Love With the Proper Stranger. Occasionally cast as two-bit criminals or pathetic losers (he sold his eyes to blind millionairess Joan Crawford in the Spielberg-directed Night Gallery TV movie), Bosley was most often seen as a harried suburban father. After recurring roles on such TV series as That Was the Week That Was, The Debbie Reynolds Show, and The Sandy Duncan Show, Bosley was hired by Hanna-Barbera to provide the voice of flustered patriarch Howard Boyle on the animated sitcom Wait Til Your Father Gets Home (1972-1973). This served as a dry run of sorts for his most famous series-TV assignment: Howard Cunningham, aka "Mr. C," on the immensely popular Happy Days (1974-1983). The warm, familial ambience of the Happy Days set enabled Bosley to weather the tragic death of his first wife, former dancer Jean Elliot, in 1978. In addition to his Happy Days duties, Bosley was narrator of the syndicated documentary That's Hollywood (1977-1981). From 1989 to 1991, he starred on the weekly series The Father Dowling Mysteries, and thereafter was seen on an occasional basis as down-to-earth Cabot Cove sheriff Amos Tupper on Murder, She Wrote. Reportedly as kind, generous, and giving as his Happy Days character, Tom Bosley has over the last 20 years received numerous honors for his many civic and charitable activities.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

18% The Back-up Plan Arthur $37.5M 2010
20% Santa Buddies Santa Claus 2009
No Score Yet Charlie & Me Charlie Baker 2008
No Score Yet Mothers and Daughters Bob 2006
No Score Yet Hidden Places Wakefield 2006
No Score Yet The Fallen Ones Rabbi Eli Schmidt 2005
No Score Yet Confession (Deadly Secrets) Father Abbot 2005
No Score Yet Pop Star Harvey 2005
No Score Yet Christmas at Water's Edge Actor 2004
72% Paper Clips Himself, Reading Letter $1.1M 2004
No Score Yet Felix the Cat Saves Christmas Santa 2004
No Score Yet Kids Ten Commandments: Toying with the Truth Actor 2003
31% Returning Mickey Stern Harry 2003
No Score Yet Mary Christmas Les 2002
No Score Yet Legend of the Candy Cane Actor 2001
No Score Yet The Tangerine Bear Mr. Winkle 2000
No Score Yet Little Bigfoot 2: The Journey Home Ranger Tasker 1997
No Score Yet Wicked Stepmother Lt. MacIntosh 1989
No Score Yet Fire and Rain Derryl Price 1989
No Score Yet Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night Geppetto 1987
0% Million Dollar Mystery Sidney Preston 1987
No Score Yet The Gnomes' Great Adventure Actor 1987
No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Notorious Nun Father DeLeon 1986
No Score Yet Private Sessions Harry O'Reilly 1985
No Score Yet The Jesse Owens Story Actor 1984
No Score Yet O'Hara's Wife Fred O'Hara 1982
No Score Yet The Gnomes Actor 1980
No Score Yet For the Love of It Actor 1980
No Score Yet The Rebels Actor 1979
No Score Yet The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal Actor 1979
No Score Yet The Bastard Actor 1978
100% The Stingiest Man in Town Actor 1978
No Score Yet Black Market Baby Dr. Andrew Brantford 1977
No Score Yet Gus Spinner 1976
No Score Yet The Last Survivors Actor 1975
No Score Yet Death Cruise Actor 1974
No Score Yet Mixed Company Al 1974
No Score Yet Miracle on 34th Street Judge Henry X. Harper 1973
No Score Yet No Place to Run Dr. Golinski 1972
No Score Yet To Find a Man Mr. Katchaturian 1972
No Score Yet Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones Actor 1971
50% Yours, Mine and Ours Doctor 1968
No Score Yet The Secret War of Harry Frigg Gen. Pennypacker 1968
100% Divorce American Style Farley 1967
No Score Yet The Bang Bang Kid Merriweather Newberry 1967
90% The World of Henry Orient Frank Boyd 1964
89% Love with the Proper Stranger Anthony Colombo 1963

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet That '70s Show
1998-2006
Dr. Hammond
  • 2006
71% Family Guy
1999
Voice
  • 2005
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
1994-2003
Elmer
  • 2002
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
Walter
  • 2001
No Score Yet Walker, Texas Ranger
1993-2001
Minister
  • 2000
No Score Yet The World of David the Gnome
1985-1988
Voice David
  • 1998
  • 1988
No Score Yet Boy Meets World
1993-2000
  • 1996
No Score Yet The Drew Carey Show
1995-2004
Mr. Bobeck
  • 1996
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Sheriff Amos Tupper
  • 1996
  • 1993
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1985
  • 1984
No Score Yet Happy Days
1974-1984
Howard Cunningham
  • 1984
  • 1983
  • 1982
  • 1981
  • 1980
  • 1979
  • 1978
  • 1977
  • 1976
  • 1975
  • 1974
No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco
1972-1977
Insp. Edmund Clarke Eddie
  • 1976
  • 1973
No Score Yet Maude
1972-1978
Doctor
  • 1973
No Score Yet Bewitched
1964-1972
Ferdy
  • 1971
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
1966-1973
Henry Matula
  • 1971
No Score Yet Night Gallery
1970-1973
Resnick Jules
  • 1971
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Hiram Titus
  • 1969
  • 1968
No Score Yet Get Smart
1965-1970
Emil
  • 1968
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
Host
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
1969-1976
No Score Yet Tales of the Unexpected
1979-1988
Ralph Stackpole
No Score Yet Testimony of Two Men
1977
Dr. Louis Helder/Narrator Dr. Louis Hedler

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