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Mr. C - Tom Bosley Dead at 83

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LOS ANGELES (CBS/ AP) Tom Bosley, the TV actor who portrayed Mr. C. on "Happy Days" and Sheriff Amos Tucker on "Murder, She Wrote," has died. He was 83.

Bosley's agent, Sheryl Abrams, says Bosley died of heart failure at 4 a.m. Tuesday. She says he was also battling lung cancer.

TV Guide ranked Bosley's patient, understanding father on "Happy Days,'' as 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.

Bosley and Henry Winkler, who played The Fonze, were the only two characters who appeared in every episode of the series. Bosley was nominated for an Emmy for the role in 1978.

After "Happy Days" ended, Bosley went on to the recurring role in "Murder, She Wrote."' He also was the crime-solving priest in television's "The Father Dowling Mysteries," which ran from 1989 to 1991.

Bosley was trained as a stage actor and won the 1960 Tony Award for Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Musical) for playing the title role of Mayor Fiorello La Guardia in "Fiorello."

He also originated the role of Belle's father, Maurice, in the Broadway production of the Disney musical "Beauty and the Beast."

Born in Chicago on Oct. 1, 1927, Bosley was twice married and had one son. His first wife, Jane Eliot, died in 1978; his second wife, Patricia Carr, survives

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Man...another example of how ironic life/death is.

There was a time when I wished Howard was my dad and now he's gone.

I think the hardest part of growing old is not fear of death, rather, it's seeing everyone that you cared about die before you.

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