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Dick Van Patten

Dick Van PattenAKA Richard Van Patten

Born: 9-Dec-1928
Birthplace: Queens, NY
Died: 23-Jun-2015
Location of death: Santa Monica, CA
Cause of death: Diabetes complications
Remains: Buried, Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Hollywood Hills, CA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Dad on Eight is Enough

Dick Van Patten played Tom Bradford, the somewhat fuddy-duddy newspaper columnist and wise father on the late-'70s comedy-drama Eight Is Enough.

Van Patten started working as a model and actor when he was a toddler, and made his debut on Broadway as "Dickie Van Patten" at the age of seven, playing Melvyn Douglas' son in Tapestry in Gray. As a child actor, he had great success on the New York stage, and appeared in more than a dozen plays before he was a teenager, working with everyone from William Bendix to Tallulah Bankhead to an 11-year-old child actor named Sidney Lumet. Along with his sister, Joyce Van Patten, he was featured in a radio series based on the comic strip Reg'lar Fellers.

As a young man, he played Nels on the long-running 1950s TV sitcom I Remember Mama, and the role apparently meant so much to him that after he married, he named his firstborn son Nels. He was a familiar face on television for the rest of his life, including a few years on the daytime soap opera Young Dr. Malone, the cop sitcom The Partners with Don Adams, and The New Dick Van Dyke Show. He played Friar Tuck on Mel Brooks' When Things Were Rotten. His big-screen credits include Charly with Cliff Robertson and Freaky Friday with Jodie Foster.

He also marketed Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance dog food, and wrote a how-to book, Launching Your Child in Show Biz He died in 2015.

Sister: Joyce Van Patten (actress)
Brother: Timothy Van Patten (actor, half brother, b. 1959)
Wife: Patricia Poole (dancer, m. 25-Apr-1953 until his death, three sons)
Son: Jimmy Van Patten (actor, b. 1956)
Son: Vincent Van Patten (actor, b. 17-Oct-1957)
Son: Nels Van Patten (actor, b. 1955)

    John McCain 2008
    McCain for Senate '98
    Hollywood Walk of Fame 7021 Hollywood Blvd (television)
    Risk Factors: Diabetes

    WIOU Floyd Graham (1990-91)
    Eight Is Enough Tom Bradford (the father, 1977-81)
    When Things Were Rotten Friar Tuck (1975)
    The New Dick Van Dyke Show Max (1972-74)
    The Partners Sgt. Nelson Higgenbottom (1971-72)
    Arnie Walker (1970)
    Young Dr. Malone Larry Renfrew (1961-62)
    Mama Nels Hansen (1949-57)

    First Dog (22-Oct-2010) · Himself
    Opposite Day (4-Sep-2009)
    Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (3-Sep-2003) · Himself
    The Santa Trap (13-Dec-2002) · Santa Claus
    Groom Lake (21-Sep-2002)
    The Price of Air (15-Sep-2000) · Mr. Rye
    Evasive Action (1998) · Parole Officer
    Demolition University (1997)
    Love Is All There Is (10-May-1996)
    Demolition High (1996)
    A Dangerous Place (25-Apr-1995)
    Robin Hood: Men in Tights (28-Jul-1993) · The Abbot
    An Eight Is Enough Wedding (15-Oct-1989)
    The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking (29-Jun-1988) · The Glue Man
    Eight Is Enough: A Family Reunion (18-Oct-1987)
    Spaceballs (24-Jun-1987) · King Roland
    Combat Academy (23-Nov-1986)
    The Midnight Hour (1-Nov-1985)
    Diary of a Teenage Hitchhiker (21-Sep-1979)
    High Anxiety (25-Dec-1977) · Dr. Wentworth
    The Shaggy D.A. (17-Dec-1976)
    Freaky Friday (17-Dec-1976) · Harold Jennings
    Gus (7-Jul-1976)
    Treasure of Matecumbe (1-Jul-1976)
    The Strongest Man in the World (6-Feb-1975)
    Superdad (14-Dec-1973)
    Westworld (21-Nov-1973) · Banker
    Soylent Green (19-Apr-1973) · Usher #1
    Snowball Express (22-Dec-1972)
    Dirty Little Billy (Nov-1972)
    Joe Kidd (14-Jul-1972) · Hotel Manager
    Beware! The Blob (21-Jun-1972) · Scoutmaster Adleman
    Making It (21-Mar-1971)
    Zachariah (24-Jan-1971)
    Charly (23-Sep-1968) · Bert
    Violent Midnight (1963)

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