Tom Bosley

  • Birth Name: Thomas Edward Bosley
  • Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Died: October 19, 2010
  • Profession: Actor
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  • Originally wanted to be a sports announcer.
  • Studied with acting guru Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio.
  • While living in New York City in the 1950s he worked as a hat checker at Lindy's restaurant and a doorman at Tavern on the Green.
  • Won a Tony playing flamboyant New York City mayor Fiorello La Guardia in 1959's Fiorello!
  • Originally turned down the role of patriarch Howard Cunningham in Happy Days but reconsidered after reading the script.
  • Claimed the Bosley character in the TV series Charlie's Angels was named after him by producer Aaron Spelling, who wanted Bosley to play the role.
  • Daughter Amy appeared in two episodes of Happy Days.
  • Played Belle's father in the original 1994 Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast.
  • Ranked No. 9 on TV GUIDE's 2004 list of "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time."


  • 1960, Tony — Actor, Supporting or Featured (Musical): Winner
  • 1978, Emmy — Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee


  • Jamie Van Meter — Stepdaughter
  • Jean Eliot — Wife (deceased)
  • Amy Elizabeth Baer — Daughter
  • Benjamin Bosley — Father
  • Richard Bosley — Brother
  • Patricia Carr — Wife
  • Dora Heyman Bosley — Mother
  • Kimberly DiBonaventura — Stepdaughter


  • Attended DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, United States

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