TOWNSEND AGENCY PROFILE:
Portrayed by David Doyle
Years Active: 1976 – 1981
ESSENTIAL BOSLEY EPISODES
• Angels at Sea
• The Vegas Connection
• Antique Angels
• Angels in Waiting
• Angels Ahoy!
• Cruising Angels
• Let Our Angel Live
It seems that the most mysterious backstory of all, is not that of the elusive Charlie, but of Bosley, John Bosley.
We were first introduced to Bosley in the Pilot Episode when his function in the newly formed Townsend Agency was that of a glorified male receptionist. Thankfully, once the first episode hit the airwaves, Woodville had disappeared, and the delightful Bosley had taken over his position.
It was once briefly inferred that Bosley had worked with Charlie in the years preceding the development of the Agency, but aside from that, the only hard fact we ever knew about Bosley’s past was that he was married – he often wears a wedding band during early episodes, and once even criticizes his wife in front of Jill. Later, however, he denies ever having been married and enjoys fairly frequent romantic intrigues.
YEARS OF SERVICE
BAD GUYS SHOT
BAD GUYS KILLED
Good old dependable Bosley. He’s responsible to the max, sometimes considered more of a sweet “uncle” rather than a co-worker, and it is easy to see he adores the Angels and they are equally comfortable and loving towards him. Although his character was extremely tight and work-oriented out of the gate, towards the end of the series, he loosened up and blended right into the team, ultimately becoming a male Angel rather than the stay-at-the-office secretary he was regarded as in the first season.
You’ll see the most of Bosley’s tender and protective personality in Let Our Angel Live – one of David Doyle’s finest performances in the entire series.
Poor Bos tends to get knocked over the head quite a bit, but he’s always good for rushing in at the right moment to help tie up the bad guys and haul ’em away. He earned his shiniest gold star for the violent encounter that he had with Kelly’s would-be-murderer in the show’s final episode.
As the development of Bos’ character came along, so did his intelligence. As time wore on, he became far less bumbling and more clever – never quite reaching Sabrina’s or Tiffany’s heights of knowledge, but never dropping as far down as Kelly’s level.
What he shoots, he hits – and perhaps the most memorable example of his pistol prowess is the time he shot the Sandcastle Murderer off the pier and into the sea.
Bosley drove a dark-green Ford Lincoln company car throughout the series, as well as a wood paneled station wagon on occasion. The Sweet Ride label is inapplicable here …
TASTE IN WOMEN
Tinklebell . . . the antiquities lady . . . the lady on the ship . . . that other lady on the yacht . . . the lady who drugged and tried to kill him . . . that sensitive showgirl / prostitute who made him kiss her goodnight . . . ok, well she doesn’t technically count, but Bosley certainly shares the Angels’ misfortune of getting romantically involved with all the wrong people. Of course, there were a few exceptions, none of whom were ever seen or mentioned a second time.
• Darkroom Developer
• Short Order Cook
• Audiovisual Technician
• Master of Disguises
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