Tom Bosley

A slightly portly actor whose uniquely reassuring speaking voice served him well on stage and screen, Tom Bosley was born Oct. 1, 1927, in Chicago. His mother was a former concert pianist, and he brought his own musical gifts to Broadway with a Tony-winning performance in "Fiorello!" in 1959.

But it was Bosley's 10-year run as TV dad Howard Cunningham on "Happy Days" (1974-84) that secured his place in Hollywood history. His Emmy-nominated turn as "Mr. C," playing opposite a young Ron Howard, endeared him to viewers as one of the most-beloved small-screen fathers of all time.

Later in Bosley's career, he appeared on the popular whodunits "Murder, She Wrote" (1984-88) and "Father Dowling Mysteries" (1987-91). He also enjoyed a stint as the pitchman for Glad trash bags and originated the role of Belle's father in the Broadway musical "Beauty and the Beast" (1994). Bosley passed away Oct. 19, 2010.