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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 9 December 1928Queens, New York City, New York, USA
Date of Death 23 June 2015Santa Monica, California, USA  (complications from diabetes)
Birth NameRichard Vincent Van Patten
Height 5' 9½" (1.77 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Dick Van Patten has been acting since he was a child. He made his first of 27 Broadway appearances, at age seven, in "Tapestry in Grey". Since then, he has appeared in many films, including Freaky Friday (1976), with Jodie Foster; Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993) and Spaceballs (1987). His TV credits include his starring role on the hit 80's comedy-drama, Eight Is Enough (1977), where he played "Tom Bradford" - the patriarchal head of the pack. Dick is also the author of several bestselling books, including "How To Get Your Child Into Show Business" and his autobiography, "Eight Isn't Enough". Dick is also known for starting (by lending his name to) "Natural Balance", a line of high-end dog food that is intended to be indistinguishable from stews and other dishes, that are normally intended for human consumption. Dick is married to former The June Taylor Dancers' Pat Van Patten (nee Poole) and recently celebrated his 60th wedding anniversary. They have three sons: Nels Van Patten, James Van Patten and Vincent Van Patten.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jeff Ballard Public Relations (2014)

Spouse (1)

Pat Van Patten (25 April 1954 - 23 June 2015) (his death) (3 children)

Trivia (23)

Former child and juvenile actor, still performing.
Older brother of actress Joyce Van Patten. They appeared together, as children, in Reg'lar Fellers (1941), and, decades later, in Making It (1971).
Father of actor James Van Patten, with whom he appeared in Lunch Wagon (1981).
He appeared in 'Weird Al' Yankovic's "Smells Like Nirvana" and "Bedrock Anthem" music videos.
He was cast in Eight Is Enough (1977) because he was friends with the president of ABC, the network which ran the show. The producers wanted another actor for the part, but Van Patten was cast.
Honorary mayor of Sherman Oaks, California, USA.
Half-brother of Timothy Van Patten. Uncle of Talia Balsam.
Tom Bradford, Van Patten's character on Eight Is Enough (1977), was ranked #33 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" [20 June 2004 issue].
Father-in-law of Shana Hiatt, Nancy Valen and Eileen Davidson.
Ex-brother-in-law of Martin Balsam.
Suffered a diabetic stroke in January, 2006.
Son of Richard Byron Van Patten and wife Josephine Rose Acerno.
Founder of "Natural Balance" dog and cat food.
He also has a younger brother by the name of John Van Patten. Who lives in Seattle.
Was offered the co-starring role of Dr. Adam Brinker on The Love Boat (1977), opposite Gavin MacLeod, but had already decided to star on Eight Is Enough (1977), instead. The role was ultimately given to Bernie Kopell, a best friend of Van Patten's.
Best known by the public for his role as Nels Hansen in Mama (1949) and for his starring role as Tom Bradford on Eight Is Enough (1977).
Is a staunch conservative Republican.
Release of his book, "Totally Terrific TV Trivia".
Co-host, with Tiran Zaken, of an infomercial for "The Zaken Corp".
Has long owned racehorses and has been attending races at the Hollywood Park track since 1970. At age 85 (in 2013), he regularly sits in the same front row section and orders the exact same food items.
His publicist was Jeff Ballard.

Personal Quotes (1)

[on the 1981 cancellation of Eight Is Enough (1977)] Nobody called me to tell me it was canceled. I read it in the paper.

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