Tom Bosley Dies

Actor Tom Bosley, best known as the beloved Mr. Cunningham on "Happy Days," has died.

The family says Bosley died of heart failure at 4 a.m. Tuesday at a hospital near his Palm Springs home.

Bosley's agent, Sheryl Abrams, says he was also battling lung cancer.

Tom Bosley, whose long acting career was highlighted by his hugely popular role as the understanding father on television's nostalgic, top-rated 1970s comedy series "Happy Days," died Tuesday. He was 83.

Bosley died of heart failure at a hospital near his Palm Springs home. Bosley's agent, Sheryl Abrams, said he was also battling lung cancer.

TV Guide ranked Bosley's Happy Days character No. 9 on its list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" in 2004. The show debuted in 1974 and ran for 11 seasons.

"Happy Days" dad Tom Bosley died of heart failure Tuesday after a battle with lung cancer, his wife said. He was 83.

Bosley's 50 years as a television actor included roles on dozens of shows, but he was best known as Howard Cunningham, the patriarch of a 1950s "Happy Days" family, a show that aired for 11 seasons starting in 1974.