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Not-so-happy days: Tom Bosley, who played one of the most famous television fathers ever, Howard Cunningham (aka “Mr. C”), on the hit ’70s sitcom Happy Days, died today at his home in Palm Springs. According to family, Bosley had been battling a staph infection and died of heart failure. He was 83.
Bosley is survived by his second wife, Patricia Carr, a daughter, Amy, and a bunch of former castmates with nothing but glowing things to say about him, as well as Mr. C’s stylish Grand Poobah hat, his grudging respect for The Fonz and memorable lines such as, Why can’t you be a normal boy and swallow goldfish?
All parents have wondered that at one point or another.
R.I.P. Mr. C.