updated 10/19/2010 AT 1:00 PM ET
•originally published 10/19/2010 AT 1:30 PM ET
Tom Bosley, the folksy father of Richie Cunningham on the ’70s sitcom about the ’50s, ABC’s Happy Days, died Tuesday in his Palm Springs, Calif., home. On Oct. 1, he had turned 83.
The actor died after a brief battle with lung cancer.
Before finding fame on the small screen, Bosley won a Tony for starring as the beloved New York City Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia in the Pulitzer-Prize-winning 1959 musical Fiorello!. He also made a memorable mark in the 1964 Peter Sellers cult comedy The World of Henry Orient, as the too-understanding husband of Angela Lansbury’s character.
After Happy Days, he would frequently costar with Lansbury on her CBS series, Murder She Wrote.