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Dick Van Patten: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About His Long Career

23 June 2015 9:02 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Dick Van Patten was a man who loved to work. That much is clear from a look at his eight decades in showbiz as documented in the pages of Variety.

Even when he was toplining a hit series, ABC’s “Eight is Enough,” Van Patten never stopped taking on guest shots, TV movies, specials, hosting gigs for industry events and endless fundraisers. His resume ranged from working on stage with Lunt and Fontanne in the 1940s to out-there 1970s films such as “Westworld,” “Soylent Green” and “Zachariah” to “message” TV programs such as 1979’s “Diary of a Teenage Hitchhiker” and “This One For Dad.”

Here are some little-known facts about the long and varied career of the actor who died Tuesday at the age of 86.

Van Patten’s first mention in Variety came in the Jan. 24, 1946, edition of Daily Variety in a page-one report on the return of Alfred Lunt »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Dick Van Patten, ‘Eight Is Enough’ and ‘Love Boat’ Star, Dies at 86

23 June 2015 7:50 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Dick Van Patten, who played the paterfamilias on the 1980s TV dramedy “Eight Is Enough,” died on Tuesday morning. He was 86.

Patten died at Saint John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif. due to complications from diabetes.

The always-genial, round-faced actor also appeared in Disney films including “Freaky Friday” (the original, Jodie Foster version) as well as Mel Brooks comedies “High Anxiety,” “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” and “Space Balls.”

Though long associated with television and film comedies, the actor spent a great deal of time onstage, making the first of his two dozen or so appearances on Broadway as a child back in 1937, in Kurt Weill’s “The Eternal Road.”

He had most recently appeared onscreen in a guest role as Lester on TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland.” Other relatively recent credits include “7th Heaven” in 2004, “Arrested Development” in 2005, “That ’70s Show” in 2006 and “The Sarah Silverman Program »

- Carmel Dagan

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Dick Van Patten, ‘Eight Is Enough’ Star, Dies at 86

23 June 2015 7:50 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Dick Van Patten, who played the paterfamilias on the 1980s TV dramedy “Eight Is Enough,” died on Tuesday morning. He was 86.

Patten died at Saint John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif., due to complications from diabetes.

The always-genial, round-faced actor also appeared in Disney films including “Freaky Friday” (the original, Jodie Foster version) as well as Mel Brooks comedies “High Anxiety,” “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” and “Space Balls.”

Though long associated with television and film comedies, the actor spent a great deal of time on stage, making the first of his two dozen or so appearances on Broadway as a child back in 1937, in Kurt Weill’s “The Eternal Road.”

He had most recently appeared onscreen in a guest role as Lester on TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland.” Other relatively recent credits include “7th Heaven” in 2004, “Arrested Development” in 2005, “That ’70s Show” in 2006 and “The Sarah Silverman »

- Carmel Dagan

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