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Dick Van Patten – MovieActors.com

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Patten in CHARLY.

About Dick Van Patten (1928 – 2015)

Dick Van Patten was born on December 9, 1928, in New York, New York. Patten died June 23, 2015 in Santa Monica, California.

He is sometimes credited as John Irwin or Richard Van Patten. Dick Van Patten married Patricia Poole in 1954. They have three children: Nels, Jimmy and Vincent.

Dick Van Pattern started his acting career as a child actor on Broadway. His first play was A TOUCH OF GREY at the ripe old age of seven. Throughout the years, he was in twenty-seven plays on Broadway.

His first memorable appearance on TV, was a show called MAMA, in eight episodes, 1949-1956.

In 1954, his sister, Joyce Van Patten, appeared with him in the film, REG'LAR FELLERS. In 1971, they appeared together again in the film, MAKING IT. James Van Patten, Dick Van Patten's father, appeared with his son in the film, LUNCH WAGON, in 1981.

In 1977, Dick Van Patten was cast in the TV Series; EIGHT IS ENOUGH. At the time he was good friends with the president of ABC, which helped him win the part.  His character of Tom Bradford on EIGHT IS ENOUGH was ranked #33 in TV Guide's list, "50 Greatest TV Dads of ALL Time", in 2004. EIGHT IS ENOUGH ran from 1977 through 1981.

Van Patten has appeared in Weird Al Yankovic's music videos, SMELLS LIKE NIRVANA and BEDROCK ANTHEM.

In 2001, Van Patten was the honorary mayor of Sherman Oaks, California.

At 1541 Vine Street Hollywood, California, Dick Van Patten was awarded a star on the Walk of Fame in 1985.

Dick Van Patten has written several books, including: "How To Get Your Child Into Show Business, his autobiography, "Eight Isn't Enough", and "Totally Terrific TV Trivia".

Dick Van Patten is the founder of "Natural Balance" dog and cat food.

Dick Van Patten suffered a diabetic stroke in January of 2006, but has since recovered.

Dick Van Patten played a role in Randolph M. Hirsch's film, ONCE IN A LIFETIME: JUST GO FOR IT, in 2007.

Dick Van Patten's notable credits include...

SARAH'S CHOICE (2009)
OPPOSITE DAY (2009)
ONCE IN A LIFETIME: JUST GO FOR IT (2007)
FREEZERBURN (2005)
QUIET KILL (2004)
DICKIE ROBERTS: FORMER CHILD STAR (2003)
THE SANTA TRAP (2002)
THE PRINCE OF AIR (2000)
EVASIVE ACTION (1998)
A DANGEROUS PLACE (1995)
ROBIN HOOD:MEN IN TIGHTS (1993)
BODY TROUBLE (1992)
WIOU (1990-1991)
GOING TO THE CHAPEL (1988)
SPACEBALLS (1987)
PICNIC (1986)
THE HOBOKEN CHICKEN EMERGENCY (1984)
DISNEYLAND: THE SHAGGY D.A. (1978)
EIGHT IS ENOUGH (1977-1981)
THE SHAGGY D.A. (1976)
FREAKY FRIDAY (1976)
WESTWORLD (1973)
SUPERDAD (1973)
JOE KIDD (1972)
MAKING IT (1971)
CHARLY (1968)
PSYCHOMANIA (1964)
YOUNG DR. MALONE (1961-1962)
MAMA (1949)


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Dick Van Patten in SPACEBALLS (1987).