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Dick Van Patten is a Actor American born on 9 december 1928 at New York City (USA)

Dick Van Patten

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Birth name Richard Vincent Van Patten
Nationality USA
Birth 9 december 1928 at New York City (USA)
Death 23 june 2015 (at 86 years)

Richard Vincent "Dick" Van Patten (December 9, 1928 – June 23, 2015) was an American actor, businessman, and animal welfare advocate, best known for his role as patriarch Tom Bradford on the ABC television comedy-drama Eight Is Enough.

He 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 later starred in numerous television roles including the long running CBS television series, I Remember Mama and Young Dr. Malone. Later, he would star or co-star in many feature films including Mel Brooks' Robin Hood: Men in Tights and Spaceballs, Charlton Heston's Soylent Green and the Academy Award–winning Charly. Van Patten was the founder of Natural Balance Pet Foods and National Guide Dog Month. He also has been a promoter for Thermal-Gard windows.



Patriarch of a famous Hollywood family, Van Patten 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. He was married to Patricia Poole (aka 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.

Dick 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 Mad Men actor John Slattery. Van Patten's son Vince is married to Days of Our Lives and The Young and the Restless actress and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills regular Eileen Davidson.

Illness and death
In January 2006, 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.

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.

Best films

Joe Kidd (1972)
Charly (1968)

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Filmography of Dick Van Patten (39 films)

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First Dog
First Dog (2010)
, 1h34
Directed by Bryan Michael Stoller
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Films about children, Politique, Transport films, Films about automobiles, Road movies, Children's films, White House in fiction
Actors Eric Roberts, Tom Lister, Jr., Priscilla Barnes, Paula Devicq, Bernie Kopell, Dick Van Patten
Roles Self
Rating52% 2.6014352.6014352.6014352.6014352.601435
Danny, un petit garçon orphelin, trouve un chien qui s'avère être le chien du président des USA. Lui et sa famille adoptive vont lui rendre.
Opposite Day, 1h28
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Billy Unger, Ariel Winter, Dylan Cash, Pauly Shore, Bradley Steven Perry, Dick Van Patten
Roles Jack Benson
Rating38% 1.921311.921311.921311.921311.92131
The world goes backwards on Opposite Day. The kids become adults, and the adults become kids.
Sarah's Choice
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Pregnancy films, Films about religion, Films about sexuality
Actors Dick Van Patten, Rebecca St. James, Brad Stine, Staci Keanan, Robert Miano, Charlene Tilton
Roles Rev. Al Smith
Rating50% 2.521312.521312.521312.521312.52131
Sarah Collins's (Rebecca St. James) co-worker gets pregnant which means Sarah could get a promotion. Meanwhile her boyfriend Matt (Julian Bailey) is pulling pranks. Sarah then finds out she is pregnant. At the doctor's office, a lady gives her a card and tells her the Lord will give her three visions. Megan (Logan White) reveals her story about her abortion. Sarah is considering an abortion. Before she makes her final decision, her visions cause her to think about her future.
The Sure Hand of God
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Gail O'Grady, Jennifer Morrison, Daniel Roebuck, Gregory Jbara, Bitty Schram, James Eckhouse
Roles Jamie Denton
Rating53% 2.660442.660442.660442.660442.66044
Après le décès de son mari, Molly Browser, une mère de famille, emménage dans une petite ville de province. Molly n'a qu'une idée en tête : aider sa fille Lilly à rencontrer un mari bien sous tous rapports...
Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, 1h38
Directed by Sam Weisman
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about television
Actors Mary McCormack, David Spade, Craig Bierko, Rob Reiner, Scott Terra, Jenna Boyd
Roles Self
Rating54% 2.748162.748162.748162.748162.74816
Dickie Roberts is a former child star who shot to fame on a TV sitcom called The Glimmer Gang with his catchphrase "This is Nuckin' Futs!". His career subsequently halted after his 6th birthday. Since his heyday, he has been reduced to parking cars at Morton's and appearing on Celebrity Boxing, where he is matched with Emmanuel Lewis. In the public eye and to his girlfriend Cyndi who apparently leaves him during a roadside incident, Dickie is washed up.
Groom Lake
Groom Lake (2002)
, 1h32
Directed by William Shatner
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Horror
Themes Films about extraterrestrial life, Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors William Shatner, Dan Gauthier, Amy Acker, Tom Towles, Dick Van Patten, Dan Martin
Roles Irv Barnett
Rating28% 1.4358151.4358151.4358151.4358151.435815
Kate is dying. She wants reassurance that there is life elsewhere in the Universe. She and Andy go to the one place that may hold the answers to her questions. Alien lights have been seen. Alien ships have been sighted. If she could only come into contact with these foreign forces! The bizarre people who inhabit the area also play a role in Kate and Andy's quest. The one place that may hold the answer is...GROOM LAKE!
Big Brother Trouble, 1h45
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Mario Lopez, Dick Van Patten, E. E. Bell, Michal Suchánek, Bo Hopkins, Melanie Chartoff
Roles Captain Stacey
Rating49% 2.45332.45332.45332.45332.4533
Mitch & Suan sont frères et le seul intérêt qu’ils partagent est le football. Quand Gwen la fille du capitaine de police emménage dans la maison voisine, Mitch tombe immédiatement amoureux de sa fille ? Mais Gwen a 16 ans et est beaucoup plus attirée par Sean qui a son âge. Mitch et ses amis mettent alors au point un plan pour faire capoter leur idylle naissante.
Demolition University, 1h30
Directed by Kevin Tenney
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about terrorism
Actors Corey Haim, Ami Dolenz, Laraine Newman, Robert Forster, Khrystyne Haje, Bernard White
Roles Army General
Rating40% 2.0272.0272.0272.0272.027
The film opens with Middle Eastern terrorists breaking into a secure area, to obtain a certain solution. The terrorists have a man on the inside, who betrays his fellow officers and aids the terrorists. The base is destroyed as the terrorists leave the area.
Demolition High, 1h24
Directed by Jim Wynorski
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action
Actors Corey Haim, Alan Thicke, Dick Van Patten, Jeff Kober, Gerrit Graham, George Buck Flower
Roles General Wainwright
Rating45% 2.262432.262432.262432.262432.26243
A group of terrorists led by Luther (Jeff Kober) take over a high school. Whilst outside, authorities work to negotiate with the terrorists, a group of students lead a revolt in order to prevent a disaster, led by Lenny Slater (Corey Haim).
Love Is All There Is, 2h
Directed by Renee Taylor, Joseph Bologna
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Romeo and Juliet, Films based on plays, Films based on works by William Shakespeare
Actors Lainie Kazan, Joseph Bologna, Angelina Jolie, Renee Taylor, Barbara Carrera, Dick Van Patten
Roles Dr. Rodino
Rating50% 2.506952.506952.506952.506952.50695
Love Is All There Is is a modern retelling of the Romeo and Juliet story. It is set in the Bronx during the 1990s. The Cappamezzas (Lainie Kazan and Joseph Bologna), Bronx-born Sicilians, own a local catering business. They develop a bitter rivalry with the pretentious Malacicis (Paul Sorvino and Barbara Carrera), recent immigrants from Florence and owners of a fine Italian restaurant.
Robin Hood: Men in Tights, 1h44
Directed by Mel Brooks
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Adventure
Themes Political films, Children's films, Films about royalty
Actors Cary Elwes, Roger Rees, Richard Lewis, Amy Yasbeck, Isaac Hayes, Avery Schreiber
Roles The Abbot
Rating66% 3.3492353.3492353.3492353.3492353.349235
Robin Hood, or Robin of Loxley (Cary Elwes), is captured during the Crusades and is imprisoned at Khalil Prison in Jerusalem. With the help of fellow inmate Asneeze (Isaac Hayes), who is in for jaywalking, he escapes and frees the other inmates. Robin is asked by Asneeze to find his son, Ahchoo (Dave Chappelle, in his first major professional role). Upon returning to England, he finds Ahchoo and discovers that Prince John (Richard Lewis) has assumed control while King Richard is away fighting in the Crusades. Unbeknownst to Richard, the prince is abusing his power. Robin returns to his family home, Loxley Hall, only to find it has been repossessed by John's men. His family's blind servant, Blinkin (Mark Blankfield), informs Robin that his family members and pets have been killed as well. He vows to get his home back before all his family's things are taken.
14 Going on 30, 1h34
Directed by Paul Schneider
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Romance, Comic science fiction
Themes Comedy science fiction films
Actors Steven Eckholdt, Daphne Ashbrook, Gabriel Olds, Patrick Duffy, Irene Tedrow, Harry Morgan
Roles Principal John Loonies
Rating61% 3.085883.085883.085883.085883.08588
14-year-old Danny O'Neil (Gabey Olds) is madly in love with his teacher, Miss Peggy Noble (Daphne Ashbrook). Given the fact that she is engaged to the cold-tempered and vicious gym teacher, Roy Kelton (Rick Rossovich), who is nicknamed Jackjaw for his constant threat of breaking his pupils' jaws, Danny goes through his school days somewhat uninspired and suffers in silence.
The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking, 1h40
Directed by Ken Annakin
Origin USA
Genres Musical theatre, Fantasy, Adventure, Musical
Themes Musical films, Children's films
Actors Tami Erin, Eileen Brennan, Dennis Dugan, Dianne Hull, George DiCenzo, Dick Van Patten
Roles Greg the Glue Man
Rating57% 2.8998752.8998752.8998752.8998752.899875
After her father's ship is carried off by a sudden storm, the spunky Pippi Longstocking (Tami Erin) is stranded with her horse, Alfonso, and monkey, Mr. Nilsson, and takes up residence in the old family home: Villa Villekulla, which is thought by neighborhood children to be haunted. Soon, two children, Tommy Settigren (David Seaman, Jr.) and his sister, Annika Settigren (Cory Crow), venture into the house after seeing lights in the windows. Looking for ghosts, they meet Pippi instead. They become friends and get into various adventures together such as making pancakes, cleaning the floor with scrubbing shoes, serving ice cream to children of the local orphanage, riding a motorcycle, and dodging "splunks". Pippi must also fight off crooks who wish to demolish her house and sell the property, as well as avoid being taken to the orphanage. She agrees to run away with Tommy and Annika in a homemade autogyro to avoid this fate. They end up needing to be rescued after nearly going over a waterfall while riding barrels down a river, and Pippi eventually agrees to give the orphanage a try after Tommy and Annika's parents refuse to let them play with her anymore. She does not fit in with the other children due to her lack of discipline and education. However, after she saves the orphanage from a fire and becomes the town heroine, she is allowed to return to Villa Villekulla and befriends Tommy and Annika once more. She is reunited with her father on Christmas Day, and he offers her the chance to become a cannibal princess of the uncharted island he had washed ashore on and was crowned king. Just as they prepare to sail off, she decides to stay after seeing that everyone in the village is sad to see her go.