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Tom Bosley: Castmates and collaborators remember 'Happy Days' actor

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Director-producer Garry Marshall — who created the iconic TV series Happy Days — Ron Howard, and Henry Winkler have released statements to EW about late actor Tom Bosley, who played the show’s patriarch. (Bosley passed away at 83 years old after a long battle with lung cancer.)

Garry Marshall, Happy Days creator:“Tom was a talented professional in front of the camera and behind the scenes. He provided a positive influence over all of the young actors on Happy Days. Audiences will never forget the lovable Howard Cunningham who made us laugh on Tuesday nights. He was a good friend. I will miss him. Comedy will miss him.”

Ron Howard, who played Bosley’s on-screen son, Richie: “I’m so saddened by the loss of our wonderful Tom Bosley. Remarkable on so many levels, Tom’s insight, talent, strength of character and comic timing made him a vital central figure in the Happy Days experience. A great father and husband, and a wonderful artist, Tom lead by example, and made us all laugh while he was doing it. My last conversations with Tom reflected the love of life and peace of mind that he always maintained throughout his full and rewarding life. I miss him already.”

Henry Winkler, who played Arthur Fonzarelli a.k.a. “The Fonz” on Happy Days: “Tom was a family member, both on and off the sound stage. We acted together, traveled together and played charades together. He was a loving husband, a doting father and a fantastic grandfather. He will be so missed but never forgotten by the Winkler Family or the world.”

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