Tom Bosley played Mr. Cunningham on the TV Show Happy Days (1974-1984). Howard Cunningham was ranked #9 in TV Guide’s list of the “50 Greatest TV Dad’s of All Time.”
Here is how Howard Cunningham ended the final episode of the show:
Well, what can I say? Both of our children are married now and they’re starting out to build lives of their own. And I guess when you reach a milestone like this you have to have to reflect back on, on what you’ve done and, and what you’ve accomplished. Marion and I have not climbed Mount Everest or written a great American novel. But we’ve had the joy of raising two wonderful kids, and watching them and their friends grow up into loving adults. And now, we’re gonna have the pleasure of watching them pass that love on to their children. And I guess no man or woman could ask for anything more. So thank you all for being, part of our family… To happy days.
Happy Days was a spin-off of a February 1972 skit on Love, American Style, and had a number of famous spin-offs of its own: Laverne and Shirley (1976-1983), Blansky’s Beauties (1977), Mork & Mindy (1978-1983), Fonz and the Happy Days Gang (1980) and Joanie Loves Chachi (1982-1983).
Although well known for playing a Catholic priest-and numerous Protestants-Bosley was actually Jewish.
Bosley died at 4:00 a.m. of heart failure on October 19, 2010, at a hospital near his home in Palm Springs, California. His agent, Sheryl Abrams, said Bosley had been battling lung cancer.