Dick Van Patten has died at 86. The actor is best remembered for his starring role in “Eight Is Enough.”
Dick Van Patten, well known as gentle father Tom Bradford on the 1970s series “Eight Is Enough,” has died at the age of 86. The actor was hospitalized in Santa Monica, California, for diabetes-related complications, reported People. Patten died at the hospital on Tuesday, June 23.
“He had been ill for a long time,” said Budd Burton Moss, Van Patten’s longtime agent, reported KTLA 5.
Van Patten started his career as a child star and model. He appeared on movie and TV screens for decades. The former child actor was just 7 years old when he made his Broadway debut in “Tapestry in Gray.” After that, he appeared in about 30 Broadway shows. His character of Nels Hansen in the television show “Mama” that is based on the play/ movie “I Remember Mama” appeared on television from 1949 to 1957.
His appearance on the television shows such as “Naked City,” sitcom “I Dream of Jeannie,” comedy anthology “Love, American Style,” & “Eight Is Enough,” films such as Mel Brooks movies, “Charly,” & “Westworld,” and many commercials added more recognition to him. He had his biggest fame with “Eight Is Enough.”
Besides being an actor, Dick Van Patten was also a pet food mogul. “I’ve probably had more jobs than any other actor living,” the actor told The Pet Press, in 2006.
The actor and his wife, Pat, have three sons – Nels, James and Vincent. All of his sons are into acting field. His half-brother, Timothy (Tim) Van Patten is a popular director who has directed episodes of “The Sopranos” and “Boardwalk Empire.”
Dick Van Patten considers his family first and then his career. “Tom Bradford was very much like me,” the actor told the Academy of American Television, comparing his role in “Eight Is Enough” with his personal life.
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