An appreciation: Tom Bosley, 1927-2010

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Tom Bosley, who died in Palm Springs on Tuesday at the age of 83, was a character actor, and as with most character actors, his many roles resolve themselves in memory toward a hum, an affect: He was round, we remember, and dark and funny. And as with most actors who have the luck, good or ill, to be cast in a long-running television show, the particulars of a lengthy and varied career tend to be absorbed into a single, blinding overwhelming fact. That Bosley won a 1960 Tony Award for the musical “Fiorello!” will be mentioned in many of his obituaries, but nearly all will lead with “Happy Days,” the candy-colored situation comedy in which he starred from 1974 to 1984 — and likely will star, in reruns, long after the rest of us have followed him into the aether.

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