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Friday, October 22, 2010

'Happy Days' stars Henry Winkler react to Tom Bosley death

Bosley, who died Tuesday at his home in Palm Springs at age 83, is set to be buried in a private funeral in Los Angeles on Friday.
Director Ron Howard, who played Richie Cunningham on the show, told TMZ: “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."
Henry Winkler, otherwise known as “The Fonz,” echoed Howard’s sentiments to the site. “Tom Bosley was our mentor. He was a true artist ... a great husband, and a fabulous father and grandfather. He will be sorely missed, but never forgotten." He also told E News, "We were a make-believe family for 10 years, and like a real family for over 30. He will be so, so missed."

Marion Ross, Bosley's wife, Marion, on the show, told the Associated Press: "He was my husband for ll years and the father of the company in many ways. He was so smart he could fix the end of a joke or a scene on the spot. We made a perfect couple. I played picolo to his tuba."
Scott Baio remembered Bosley to his followers on Twitter. “Mr. Tom Bosley will be missed by many. He was a great actor, teacher and man.”
Henry Winkler, who co-starred with Tom Bosley in the 70s hit sit-com, 'Happy Days,' has become the latest actor to honor Bosley, who died Tuesday at 83.
Mr. Winkler played 'The Fonz,' the macho biker with the big heart and the foil for Bosley, who played Howard Cunningham, a mild-mannered father figure who served as an iconic anchor for the series during its 10-year run.
Winkler told that "I saw him before I ever got to Hollywood or Broadway. He was a true artist. A great husband, and a fabulous father and grandfather. He will never be forgotten."
Winkler is the second Hollywood star to commemorate Bosley. Ron Howard, another star of the series who went on to a successful career in film direction, honored Bosley with a statement Wednesday."He had that wonderful, sprite-like energy of his," Winkler says. "It was apparent on the phone when I spoke to him three weeks ago, it was apparent when we saw each other a year ago, it was apparent when we saw each other before that."

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