Tom Bosley was an American actor.


Born in Chicago, Illinois, Bosley attended DePaul University and made his stage debut in 1947. He made his television debut in 1955 but first gained recognition for his award-winning role in Fiorello! This subsequently led to a number of film roles, including Love With the Proper Stranger and Yours, Mine and Ours.

Bosley's best known roles came with his ling running television characters of Howard Cunningham on Happy Days and Father Frank Dowling in the Father Dowling Mysteries. He also provided a number of voices on both radio and animated specials.

Bosley passed away in 2010.


Bosley made a number of singing appearances on stage and screen, beginning with his originating of the title role in Fiorello! and those of Izzy Einstein in Nowhere to Go But Up and Hyman in The Education of H*Y*M*A*N K*A*P*L*A*N.

Bosley also sang a number of times in his long-running role as Howard Cunningham in Happy Days and in the film The Stingiest Man in Town as B.A.H. Humbug. He later originated the role of Maurice in Beauty and the Beast and played both Cap'n Andy Hawkes in Show Boat and Herr Schultz in Cabaret.


The Stingiest Man in Town (1978)

  • A Christmas Carol (contains solo lines)
  • An Old Fashioned Christmas (contains solo lines)
  • The Stingiest Man in Town (contains solo lines)
  • Birthday Party of The King (contains solo lines)


Happy Days (1977)

  • Down by the Old Mill Stream
  • I Remember it Well (duet)
  • Top Banana
  • Jail Song
  • America, America
  • A Toast to My Country and My Home
  • You're Gonna Make It

Father Dowling Mysteries (1990)

  • Blue Moon (solo)


Fiorello! (1959)(originated the role)

  • Unfair (contains solo lines)
  • The Name's LaGuardia (contains solo lines)

Nowhere to Go But Up (1962)(originated the role)

  • Ain't You Ashamed (duet)
  • Live a Little (contains solo lines)
  • When a Fella Needs a Friend (contains solo lines)
  • Natural Allies (contains solo lines)
  • Follow the Leader (Septet)(contains solo lines)
  • Dear Mom (contains solo lines)
  • Nowhere to Go But Up (Reprise)(contains solo lines)

The Education of H*Y*M*A*N K*A*P*L*A*N (1968)(originated the role)

  • Lieben Dich (solo)
  • Anything Is Possible (contains solo lines)
  • Julius Caesar (solo)
  • I Never Felt Better in My Life (contains solo lines)

The Drunkard (1981)

Beauty and the Beast (1994)(originated the role)

  • No Matter What (duet)
  • No Matter What (Reprise)/Wolf Chase (solo)

Show Boat (1997)

  • Cap'n Andy's Ballyhoo (contains solo lines)
  • Act I Finale (Wedding Scene)(contains solo lines)
  • Why Do I Love You? (contains solo lines)

Cabaret (2002)

  • It Couldn't Please Me More (duet)
  • Married (duet)
  • Meeskite (solo)
  • Married (reprise)(solo)


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