Dick Van Patten
Van Patten in May 2008
Richard Vincent Van Patten
December 9, 1928
|Died||June 23, 2015 86) (aged|
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills|
|Occupation||Actor, businessman, animal welfare advocate|
(m. 1954;his death 2015)
|Children||3, including Vincent|
Richard Vincent Van Patten (December 9, 1928 – June 23, 2015) was an American actor, businessman, and animal welfare advocate, whose career spans seven decades of television. He was best known for his role as patriarch Tom Bradford on the ABC television comedy-drama Eight Is Enough .
The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American commercial broadcast television network that is a flagship property of Walt Disney Television, a subsidiary of the Disney Media Networks division of The Walt Disney Company. The network is headquartered in Burbank, California on Riverside Drive, directly across the street from Walt Disney Studios and adjacent to the Roy E. Disney Animation Building, But the network's second corporate headquarters and News headquarters remains in New York City, New York at their broadcast center on 77 West 66th Street in Lincoln Square in Upper West Side Manhattan.
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Eight Is Enough is an American television comedy-drama series that ran on ABC from March 15, 1977 until May 23, 1981. The show was modeled on the life of syndicated newspaper columnist Thomas Braden, a real-life parent with eight children, who wrote a book by the same title.
Van Patten began work as a child actor and was successful on the New York stage, appearing in more than a dozen plays as a teenager. He worked in radio, on Duffy's Tavern .He later starred in numerous television roles including the long-running CBS television series, "Mama" and Young Doctor Malone . Later, he would star or co-star in many feature films, including Charly , Mel Brooks's Robin Hood: Men in Tights and Spaceballs , and Charlton Heston's Soylent Green . Van Patten was the founder of Natural Balance Pet Foods and National Guide Dog Month.
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Richard Vincent Van Patten was born on December 9, 1928, in the Kew Gardens section of the New York City borough of Queens, the son of Richard Byron Van Patten, an interior decorator, and Josephine Rose (née Acerno), who worked in advertising. [ citation needed ] He began work as a model and actor as a child making his Broadway debut at the age of seven. He was successful on the New York City stage, appearing in a dozen theatrical plays before reaching his teen years. He later moved to Hollywood and began a lengthy career in film and television.His mother was of Italian descent, while his father had Dutch and English ancestry.
Kew Gardens is a neighborhood in the central area of the New York City borough of Queens. Kew Gardens, shaped roughly like a triangle, is bounded to the north by Union Turnpike and the Jackie Robinson Parkway, to the east by the Van Wyck Expressway and 131st Street, to the south by Hillside Avenue, and to the west by Park Lane, Abingdon Road, and 118th Street. Forest Park and the neighborhood of Forest Hills are to the west, Flushing Meadows–Corona Park north, Richmond Hill south, Briarwood southeast, and Kew Gardens Hills east.
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Van Patten's career in show business began as a child actor on Broadway in 1935 in Tapestry In Gray starring Melvyn Douglas. He was billed as "Dickie Van Patten" and went on to appear in twelve other Broadway plays as a teenager. He moved on to television with the role of Nels Hansen in the CBS series, Mama , about a Norwegian-American family living in San Francisco, in the early 20th century. It ran from 1949 to 1957.In 1975, he played the role of Friar Tuck on When Things Were Rotten , a comic take on Robin Hood, created by Mel Brooks which also starred Dick Gautier, Bernie Kopell and Misty Rowe. The series ran for 13 episodes before being canceled. He was cast as the family patriarch Tom Bradford on Eight Is Enough , which aired from 1977 to 1981, and which was loosely based on a book of the same name by the American journalist Thomas Braden.
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This old album makes me remember so many things in the past. San Francisco and the house on Steiner Street where I was born. It brings back memories of my cousins, aunts and uncles; all the boys and girls I grew up with. And I remember my family as we were then. My big brother Nels, my little sister Dagmar, and of course, Papa. But most of all, when I look back to those days so long ago, most of all, I remember ... Mama.
Van Patten also appeared in episodes of Sanford and Son , Banacek , Arrested Development , The Brian Keith Show , Cannon , The Streets of San Francisco , Adam-12 , Emergency! , and Happy Days .
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Van Patten had numerous leading roles in motion pictures including Joe Kidd , The Snowball Express and The Santa Trap. He played the supporting role of Usher #1 alongside Charlton Heston and Edward G. Robinson in the film Soylent Green (1973).
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Charlton Heston was an American actor and political activist.
He appeared in several films directed by Mel Brooks, including High Anxiety , Spaceballs , and Robin Hood: Men in Tights , as well as cameos in the music videos for "Smells Like Nirvana" and "Bedrock Anthem" by "Weird Al" Yankovic, and on The Weird Al Show .Van Patten played the role of Jack Benson in Opposite Day (2009), his last film.
He also was a commentator for the World Series of Poker from 1993 to 1995.
The Hollywood Walk of Fame honored Van Patten November 20, 1985, with a Star of Television marker at 1541 North Vine Street.On January 12, 2008, Van Patten received a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars.
On November 1, 2009, Phoenix Books published Eighty Is Not Enough!, a book co-authored by Van Patten and Robert Baer in which Van Patten shares an 80-year journey of insights and anecdotes through the entertainment industry. He discusses his journey from his humble beginning in Queens, New York; his rise as a childhood star on Broadway during the Great Depression; working as an actor on the radio; the advent of television and his role in the second-ever live situation comedy Mama; a rough period between acting gigs; a rise back to the top that led the TV icon to the lead role on the popular hit show Eight Is Enough and subsequent roles in television and movies.
An animal enthusiast, Van Patten co-founded Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Pet Foods in 1989. Van Patten's creation of his own brand of dog food was satirized in comedian John Hodgman's 2008 book More Information Than You Require, and was re-branded as Dick Van Patten's Hobo Chili for Dogs.He founded National Guide Dog Month which began in 2008 to raise awareness and money for non-profit guide dog schools in the United States, accredited by the International Guide Dog Federation.
Patriarch of a famous Hollywood family, Van Patten was the older brother of actress Joyce Van Patten, and the older half-brother of film director and Emmy award-winning television director/producer Tim Van Patten. He was married to Patricia Poole (also known as Pat Van Patten) from 1954 until he died. She was a professional dancer on Broadway and a June Taylor Dancer on The Jackie Gleason Show , where the couple met. They lived in Sherman Oaks, California. They had three sons, all actors: Vincent,Nels, and Jimmy. Nels, who is married to actress Nancy Valen, is named for the character Van Patten played on the CBS's Mama.
Van Patten was related to several other actors through marriages. His sister Joyce married actor Martin Balsam; their daughter is actress Talia Balsam. Talia's first husband was actor George Clooney, and she is now married to actor John Slattery. Van Patten's son Vince is married to actress Eileen Davidson.
In January 2005, Van Patten was taken to Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after suffering a diabetic stroke. Van Patten, who suffered from Type 2 diabetes, made a full recovery.
Van Patten died at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California, on June 23, 2015, at age 86. Complications from diabetes were the listed cause.
Willie Aames, who played son Tommy Bradford on Eight Is Enough, called his television father "truly a gem [who] will be missed. ... As Dick always said, 'Remember our times together, gang ... Cause these ARE the good ole' days". Betty Buckley, Van Patten's co-star on the series, recalled, "Every day on the set he was a happy, jovial person, always generous and ready to play, tease, and always keep us all laughing. He was the consummate professional, a wonderful actor, master of comedy, and a kind and generous human being."
He is interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles.
On November 20, 1985, Dick Van Patten was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.In 2008, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to him.
|1963||Violent Midnight||Police Lt. Palmer|
|1967||The Secret Dream Models of Oliver Nibble||Oliver Nibble||Short film; as John Acerno|
|1968||Charly||Bert||as Richard Van Patten|
|1972||Beware! The Blob||Scoutmaster Adleman|
|1972||Joe Kidd||Hotel Manager|
|1972||Dirty Little Billy||Berle's customer|
|1972||Snowball Express||Mr. Carruthers|
|1973||Soylent Green||Usher #1|
|1974||Heidi in the Mountains||English version, Voice|
|1975||The Strongest Man in the World||V.P. Harry Crumply|
|1976||Treasure of Matecumbe||The Gambler|
|1976||The Shaggy D.A.||Raymond|
|1976||Freaky Friday||Harold Jennings|
|1977||High Anxiety||Dr. Wentworth|
|1979||Nutcracker Fantasy||King Goodwin||Voice|
|1981||Lunch Wagon||Bernie Simmons||Uncredited|
|1988||The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking||Greg the Glue Man|
|1988||Going to the Chapel||Rick|
|1989||Dirty Tennis||Himself||Short film written by his son James|
|1993||Robin Hood: Men in Tights||The Abbot|
|1995||A Dangerous Place||Principal|
|1996||For Goodness Sake II||Game show host|
|1996||Love Is All There Is||Dr. Rodino|
|1998||Evasive Action||Parole Officer|
|1999||Angel on Abbey Street||Preacher|
|1999||Y2K – World in Crisis||Host||Documentary|
|2000||Big Brother Trouble||Captain Stacey|
|2000||The Road Ahead||Host||Documentary|
|2000||The Price of Air||Mr. Rye|
|2002||Groom Lake||Irv Barnett|
|2003||Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star||Himself|
|2004||The Sure Hand of God||Jamie Denton|
|2004||Quiet Kill||Frank Rubin|
|2008||The Christmas Conspiracy||Narrator||Short|
|2009||Opposite Day||Jack Benson|
|2009||Sarah's Choice||Pastor Smith||Direct-to-video|
|2012||You'll Never Amount to Anything||Grandpa Beck||Pre-production|
|1958||The Silent Service||Hadley||Episode Title "Tiger Shark". Executive Officer of the subject submarine.|
|1958||Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer||Paul Sterovsky|
|1961–1962||Young Doctor Malone||Larry Renfrew|
|1970||The Governor & J.J.||Bertrum Bannister|
|1970||I Dream Of Jeannie||Grocery store manager||Season 5, Episode 26; "My Master, the Chili King"; Air date: May 26, 1970; series finale|
|1970||That Girl||Mr. Morse|
|1970||Arnie||Walter Granscog / Walker|
|1971||Confessions of a Top Crime Buster||Sgt. Nelson Higgenbottom||TV movie|
|1971–1972||The Partners||Sgt. Nelson Higgenbottom|
|1971–1972||The Doris Day Show||April's Father|
|1971–1973||Love, American Style||Segments: "Love and the Tattoo", "Love and the Parent's Sake" (George), "Love and the Particular Girl" (Jack)|
|1972||Sanford and Son||Hamlin|
|1972||The Don Rickles Show||David|
|1972||Hec Ramsey||Earl Enright|
|1972||The Crooked Hearts||Edward, the desk clerk||TV movie|
|1972–1973||The Paul Lynde Show||Dr. Willis / Wollner|
|1972–1974||The New Dick Van Dyke Show||Max Mathias / Mr. Compton|
|1972–1975||Medical Center||Dr. Feldman / Dr. Whittaker / Man at Hotel|
|1972–1976||Emergency!||Carter Merkle / Morris Meers|
|1972–1976||The Streets of San Francisco||Thurman Barber / John Collins|
|1973||McMillan & Wife||Henry|
|1973||The Brian Keith Show||Jerry Mason|
|1973||Cannon||George Abel||2x18 Murder for Murder|
|1973||Thicker than Water||John|
|1973||Adam's Rib||Commissioner Hoyt|
|1973||Wait Till Your Father Gets Home|
|1973–1975||The Rookies||Fullmer / Waldon|
|1974||The Girl with Something Extra||Morgan|
|1974||Young Love||April's Father||TV movie|
|1974||Ernie, Madge and Artie||TV movie|
|1974||Kolchak: The Night Stalker||Alfred Brindle|
|1974–1976||Barnaby Jones||Melvin Pearson / Merle Overton|
|1975||Hot l Baltimore||A.J. Horn|
|1975||Grandpa Max||Mr. Unger||TV movie|
|1975||Ladies of the Corridor||Mr. Humphries||TV movie|
|1975||When Things Were Rotten||Friar Tuck|
|1975–1976||The Six Million Dollar Man||Harry Green / Palmer|
|1976||Ellery Queen||Billy Geeter|
|1976||Ace||Mr. Mason||TV movie|
|1976||Charo and the Sergeant||Chaplain||TV movie|
|1976||The Love Boat||O'Neil, the Doctor||TV movie|
|1976||The New Adventures of Wonder Woman||Jack Wood|
|1976||What's Happening!!||Mr. Claxton|
|1976||The Tony Randall Show||Myron C. Dobbs|
|1976–1977||Happy Days||Asst. Principal Marvin Conners / Hunsberger|
|1977||One Day at a Time||Frank|
|1977||High Anxiety||Dr. Philip Wentworth|
|1977–1981||Eight Is Enough||Tom Bradford|
|1978||With This Ring||Alvin Andrews||TV movie|
|1978–1984||The Love Boat||Charlie Dillinger / Congressman John Whitcomb / George Hayes|
|1979||Diary of a Teenage Hitchhiker||Herb Thurston||TV movie|
|1982||High Powder||Tom Reed||TV movie|
|1983||Too Close for Comfort||Arthur|
|1983||The Fairest of Them All||Host||TV movie|
|1983–1985||Hotel||Frasier Pratt / Herbert Pitts|
|1984||The Hoboken Chicken Emergency||Mayor||TV movie|
|1984||Finder of Lost Loves||Alan Nettles|
|1984||The New Mike Hammer|
|1985||Crazy Like a Fox|
|1985||The Midnight Hour||Martin Grenville||TV movie|
|1986||Murder, She Wrote||District Atty. Fred Whittaker|
|1986||Picnic||Howard Bevans||TV movie|
|1987||The Facts of Life||Frank Stickle|
|1987||Eight Is Enough: A Family Reunion||Tom Bradford||TV movie|
|1987||Rags to Riches||Phil Johnson|
|1987||A Mouse, a Mystery and Me||Santa Claus||TV movie|
|1987||War of the Stars|
|1988||14 Going on 30||TV movie|
|1989||Growing Pains||Nick Simpson|
|1989||An Eight Is Enough Wedding||Tom Bradford||TV movie|
|1989||Jake Spanner, Private Eye||The Commodore||TV movie|
|1990||McGee and Me!||Graham|
|1993||The Golden Palace||Taylor|
|1993||The Odd Couple: Together Again||Roy||TV movie|
|1993||Diagnosis: Murder||Monty Emerson|
|1994||Burke's Law||Dr. Paul Hampton|
|1994||Baywatch||Henry / Sam|
|1994||Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman||Orphanage Worker / Santa|
|1995–1998||Touched by an Angel||Eb / Jerry|
|1996||Maybe This Time||Jack|
|1996||Boy Meets World||Amish Farmer|
|1997||The Weird Al Show||The Burglar|
|1998||The Love Boat: The Next Wave||Sid Glacken|
|1999||Family Guy||Tom Bradford|
|2002||Another Pretty Face||Levi Downs||TV movie|
|2002||The Santa Trap||Santa Claus||TV movie|
|2003||Life with Bonnie||Himself||Episode: It's a Wonderful Job|
|2004||7th Heaven||James Rodgers, Sr.|
|2005||Arrested Development||Cal Cullen||Episodes: "Spring Breakout" and "Righteous Brothers"|
|2011||Hot in Cleveland||Lester|
Spaceballs is a 1987 American comic science fiction film co-written, produced and directed by Mel Brooks. Starring Brooks, Bill Pullman, John Candy and Rick Moranis, the film also features Daphne Zuniga, Dick Van Patten, and the voice of Joan Rivers. In addition to Brooks in a supporting role, the film also features Brooks regulars Dom DeLuise and Rudy De Luca in cameo appearances.
Anthony Perkins was an American actor and singer. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his second film, Friendly Persuasion, but is best known for playing Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960) and its three sequels. His other films include Fear Strikes Out (1957), The Matchmaker (1958), On the Beach (1959), Tall Story (1960), The Trial (1962), Phaedra (1962), Five Miles to Midnight (1962), Pretty Poison (1968), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), Mahogany (1975), North Sea Hijack (1979), The Black Hole (1979), and Crimes of Passion (1984).
I Remember Mama is a 1948 American drama film directed by George Stevens from a screenplay by DeWitt Bodeen, whose work was adapted from John Van Druten's eponymous stage play. Druten, in turn, had based his play on Kathryn Forbes' novel Mama's Bank Account, which was originally published by Harcourt Brace in 1943. The story in all its variant forms recounts the everyday life and economic struggles of a Norwegian immigrant family in San Francisco in the early 20th century. The film stars Irene Dunne in the titular role, as well as Barbara Bel Geddes, Oscar Homolka, Ellen Corby and Philip Dorn. Homolka portrays Uncle Chris in the film, a role he had performed earlier in the Broadway production.
Ralph Rexford Bellamy was an American actor whose career spanned 62 years on stage, film, and television. During his career, he played leading roles as well as supporting roles, garnering acclaim and awards, including an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for The Awful Truth (1937).
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Richard Gautier was an American actor, comedian, singer, and caricaturist. He was known for his television roles as Hymie the Robot in the television series Get Smart, and Robin Hood in the TV comedy series When Things Were Rotten.
Edward James Begley was an American actor of theatre, radio, film, and television. He won an Academy Award for his performance in the film Sweet Bird of Youth in 1962 and appeared in such classics as 12 Angry Men and the Unsinkable Molly Brown. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his portrayal of Matthew Harrison Brady in a television adaptation of Inherit the Wind. He is the father of actor and environmental activist Ed Begley Jr.
J. Carrol Naish was an American actor. He appeared in over 300 films during the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Jeremy Merton Sisto is an American actor, producer, and writer. Sisto had recurring roles as Billy Chenowith in HBO's Six Feet Under and as NYPD Detective Cyrus Lupo in NBC's Law & Order. He also starred in the comedy Clueless (1995), the biblical television film Jesus (1999), the drama Thirteen (2003), and the horror film Wrong Turn (2003). In 2004, he portrayed bigoted baseball player Shane Mungitt in Take Me Out, for which he was nominated for a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Featured Performance in a Play. In 2006, Sisto starred in Festen on Broadway.
The New Dick Van Dyke Show is an American sitcom starring Dick Van Dyke that aired on CBS from 1971 to 1974. It was Van Dyke's first return to series television since The Dick Van Dyke Show.
Joyce Benignia Van Patten is an American stage, film, and television actress, best known for the wry, astringent, and neurotic characters she portrays. Among many roles, one of her most recognized is that of the selfish and domineering Mother of Jason Beghe's character in the horror movie Monkey Shines (1988).
Charles Farrell was an American film actor of the 1920's silent era and into the 1930's, and later a television actor. Farrell is probably best recalled for his onscreen romances with actress Janet Gaynor in more than a dozen films, including 7th Heaven, Street Angel, and Lucky Star, and on TV in the sitcom My Little Margie (1952–55), playing Vern Albright, long-suffering father of the title character.
John Conte was a stage, film and TV actor, and television station owner.
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William Horatio Powell was an American actor. A major star at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, he was paired with Myrna Loy in 14 films, including the Thin Man series based on the Nick and Nora Charles characters created by Dashiell Hammett. Powell was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor three times: for The Thin Man (1934), My Man Godfrey (1936), and Life with Father (1947).
Dirty Tennis is a 1989 short comedy parody video about tennis instructional videos. It stars Dick Van Patten, Bruce Jenner and Nicollette Sheridan. It was written by James Van Patten and directed by Jonathan Baker and George J. Bloom. The short comedy was released on VHS in 1989.
Vincent Van Patten is an American actor, former tour professional tennis player, and the commentator for the World Poker Tour.
Mathew Anden, also Mathew T. Anden or Matthew Anden was a German theater, television and film actor, who mainly worked in the United States.
I Remember Mama is a play by John Van Druten based on Kathryn Forbes' novel Mama's Bank Account, which was loosely based on her childhood. It is a study of family life centered on a Norwegian immigrant family in San Francisco early in the 20th century. The play premiered on Broadway on October 19, 1944 at the Music Box Theatre in New York City, where it ran for 713 performances; it was produced by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. The cast included Mady Christians, Oscar Homolka, and Joan Tetzel. Marlon Brando played a minor role, making his Broadway debut as Nels.
(within Cast section) Dickie Van Patten as Finnegan's kid brother Wilfred.