Tom Bosley, a character actor who will forever be known as Howard Cunningham from the hit sitcom 'Happy Days,' died on Tuesday at his home in Palm Springs, his family told TMZ. According to the report, Bosley had been battling a staph infection. He was 83.

Bosley's agent, Sheryl Abrams, told the AP that Bosley died of heart failure at 4AM Tuesday. She says he was also battling lung cancer.

Born in Chicago in 1927, Bosley gravitated to acting after serving in the Navy during World War II and found success in a stage production of 'Our Town' and later at the Woodstock Opera House in Illinois, where he befriended fellow newcomer Paul Newman.