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Post questions to Tom Bosley who is currently playing the role of Cap'n Andy in Livent's touring production of Show Boat. Get your questions in now. Last date for questions is August 8th, answers to be posted the week of August 11th.
Tom Bosley is enjoying a remarkable career that spans 51 years and includes great success in theatre, film and television.
Following his high school graduation, Mr. Bosley entered the navy at the age of 17 and served two years during World War II. After making a brief stab at De Paul University's law School, he turned to acting working in radio and several stock companies in the Chicago area before migrating to New York in 1950.
For five years, he held an assortment of odd jobs such as checking hats and coats at the famous Lindy's restaurant, working as a doorman at Tavern on the Green and doing a little bookkeeping in several Wall Street Offices. Throughout he studied acting with the late Lee Strasberg and in 1955 landed a role in the Off-Broadway production of Anouilh's "Thieves Carnival" at the Cherry Lane Theatre. He won critical acclaim in a small role. In 1959, George Abbott chose him for the starring role in the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Fiorello! For his role as New York's great mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia, Mr. Bosley won a Tony Award, Variety Critics' Award, Newspaper Guild of America Award and an ANTA Award. He was the first actor to win all four theatre laurels in one year. He subsequently starred on Broadway in Nowhere to Go But Up, A Murderer Among Us, Natural Affection by William Inge, Catch Me If You Can and The Education of H*Y*M*A*N K*A*P*L*A*N. He also starred in the national company of Luv.
Mr. Bosley made his motion picture debut in 1962 in Love With the Proper Stranger, co-starring with Natalie Wood and Steve McQueen and was awarded the Motion Picture Exhibitor's International Laurel Award as one of the top 10 new personalities of the year. He went on to co-star in The World of Henry Orient with Peter Sellers and Angela Lansbury, Divorce American Style with Debbie Reynolds and Dick Van Dyke, Yours, Mine and Ours with Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda, and The Secret War of Harry Frigg with Paul Newman.
More Than 500 television productions also distinguished his career. For 11 years he starred in one f the most phenomenal and successful series of all time, Happy Days, and received two Emmy nominations. He followed with the co-starring role Sheriff Amos Tupper on Murder She Wrote with Angela Lansbury for four years, then starred in his own series, The Father Dowling Mysteries. Most recently he concluded his long association with Beauty and the Beast, in which he originated the role of Belle's father, Maurice, in New York and then Los Angeles.
When asked about retirement, Mr. Bosley responds, "Don't be silly -- actors spend half of their careers in retirement."
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