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Dick Van Patten
Richard Vincent "Dick" Van
Patten, actor, businessman, and friend to all animals, decided that not only "Eight
is Enough" but also "Eighty-Six is Enough" as well, and checked
his hat and coat at the door of the afterlife, on June 23, 2015.
Van Patten was born in New York City on
December 9, 1928, of Italian and Dutch-English heritage, and came right out of
the gate as a child actor, performing in several plays on the NYC stage throughout
his teens. He found fame and small fortune after moving to Hollywood and taking
bit parts in both movies and TV, to the point that, while you may not have remembered
his name, you certainly had seen him on the big screen or the boob tube
before. His big break came in the role of the family patriarch, Tom
Bradford, on Eight is Enough, which aired from 1977 to 1981. He was
the father of a large brood of kids who were wonderful gems on screen but were
living nightmares in real life.
An animal enthusiast, Van Patten
co-founded Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Pet Foods in 1989. He founded
National Guide Dog Month, which began in 2008, to raise awareness and money for
nonprofit guide dog schools in the United States, accredited by the
International Guide Dog Federation. Van Patten was also the patriarch of a
famous Hollywood family: he was the older brother of actress Joyce Van Patten,
the older half-brother of film director and Emmy-award-winning television
director/producer Tim Van Patten, and the uncle of actress Talia Balsam. All
the while he kept his chin up, resting assured that his comb-over was still
After a long career and a short stint of health issues, 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. So long, Dick; we
knew you well.
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