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Tom Bosley

Highest Rated:   100% Divorce American Style (1967)
Lowest Rated:   18% The Back-up Plan (2010)
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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 YEAR
18% The Back-up Plan
  • Arthur
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
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 Couples Do It Debbie's Way
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night
  • Geppetto
1987
No Score Yet 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
No Score Yet 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 Mixed Company
  • Al
1974
No Score Yet Death Cruise
  • Actor
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
89% The World of Henry Orient
  • Frank Boyd
1964
89% Love with the Proper Stranger
  • Anthony Colombo
1963

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Walter
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Host
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Voice

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