Tom Bosley of 'Happy Days' fame dies

tom-bosley-happy-days.jpg Tom Bosley, who played one of the all-time great sitcom dads on "Happy Days," has died.

Bosley, 83, died Tuesday (Oct. 19) at his home in Palm Springs, Calif., TMZ reports. He had been suffering from a staph infection, family members tell the site.

Although his acting career spanned more than half a century, Bosley will always be identified with his role as the good-natured, cardigan-wearing Howard Cunningham on "Happy Days," which ran for 11 seasons on ABC starting in 1974 and many more in syndication. He earned an Emmy nomination for the role in 1978 in addition to setting the standard for TV fatherhood for kids who grew up watching "Happy Days" reruns.

After "Happy Days" ended in 1984, he moved on to play Sheriff Amos Tupper on the first few seasons of "Murder, She Wrote" and starred in "Father Dowling Mysteries" for ABC from 1987-91. He was also a Tony Award winner for the musical "Fiorello!" in 1959.