Dick Van Patten

Actor
Recognizable for his perennially cherubic countenance and myriad roles of mild-mannered and beleaguered fathers or authority figures on the big and small screen, Dick Van Patten boasted one of the lengthiest and most ... Read more »
Born: 12/08/1928 in Kew Gardens, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (109)

Freezerburn 2014 (Movie)

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Nightmare Boulevard 2014 (Movie)

Frank Rubin (Actor)

Once in a Lifetime: Just Go For It 2014 (Movie)

Adoption Judge (Actor)

Opposite Day 2014 (Movie)

Jack Benson (Actor)

Hot in Cleveland 2011 (Tv Show)

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Boy Meets World 1973 - 1974, 1976 - 1977, 1996 - 1998, 2004 - 2005, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

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Burke's Law 1973 - 1974, 1976 - 1977, 1993 - 1998, 2004 - 2005, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

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Celebrity Ghost Stories 1973 - 1974, 1976 - 1977, 2004 - 2005, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

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Cybill 1973 - 1974, 1976 - 1977, 1995 - 1998, 2004 - 2005, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

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Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1973 - 1974, 1976 - 1977, 1993 - 1998, 2004 - 2005, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

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Love Boat: The Next Wave 1973 - 1974, 1976 - 1977, 1997 - 1998, 2004 - 2005, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

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Murder, She Wrote 1973 - 1974, 1976 - 1977, 1985 - 1986, 1993 - 1999, 2004 - 2005, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

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Touched By an Angel 1973 - 1974, 1976 - 1977, 1993 - 1999, 2004 - 2005, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

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The Sarah Silverman Program 2008 (Tv Show)

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That '70s Show 2006 (Tv Show)

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Living in TV Land 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

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The New Dick Van Dyke Show 1973 - 1974, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

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Wonder Woman 1973 - 1974, 1976 - 1977, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

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7th Heaven 2004 (Tv Show)

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Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star 2003 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Life With Bonnie 2003 (Tv Show)

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Dick Van Patten: The Sure Bet 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Eight Is Enough: The E! True Hollywood Story 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Gilligan's Island: The E! True Hollywood Story 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 2nd Annual Family Television Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Price of Air 2000 (Movie)

Mr Rye (Actor)

Family Guy 1999 (Tv Show)

Voice

NYTV: By the People Who Made It 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The Weird Al Show 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Demolition High 1996 (Movie)

Gen Wainwright (Actor)

Love Is All There Is 1996 (Movie)

Dr Rondino (Actor)

Maybe This Time 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The Break 1995 (Movie)

Mr. Tennis (Actor)

A Dangerous Place 1994 (Movie)

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Robin Hood: Men in Tights 1993 (Movie)

Abbot (Actor)

The Golden Palace 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Final Embrace 1992 (Movie)

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Body Trouble 1991 (Movie)

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Fifteenth Annual Circus of the Stars 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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The Comedy Concert Hour 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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WIOU 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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The Innocent of Hollywood 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Jackie Gleason: The Great One 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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A Mouse, a Mystery and Me 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Jay Leno's Family Comedy Hour 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking 1988 (Movie)

Glue Man (Actor)

Lifetime Salutes Mom 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Picnic 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Spaceballs 1987 (Movie)

King Roland (Actor)

True Confessions 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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The Midnight Hour 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Andy Williams' Early New England Christmas 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Fit For a King 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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I Love Liberty 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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Whatever Became Of...? 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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Eight Is Enough 1976 - 1981 (TV Show)

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Take One Starring Jonathan Winters 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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Battle of the Network Stars VII 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

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Battle of the Network Stars VI 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

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Nutcracker Fantasy 1978 (Movie)

of King Goodwin (Voice)

Pat Boone and Family 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

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Rich Little's Washington Follies 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

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That Second Thing on ABC 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

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High Anxiety 1977 (Movie)

Dr Philip Wentworth (Actor)

The Love Boat 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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Ace 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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Charo and the Sergeant 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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Freaky Friday 1976 (Movie)

Harold Jennings (Actor)

Gus 1976 (Movie)

Cal Wilson (Actor)

The Shaggy D.A. 1976 (Movie)

Raymond (Actor)

Treasure of Matecumbe 1976 (Movie)

Gambler (Actor)

When Things Were Rotten 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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Grandpa Max 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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Ernie, Madge, and Artie 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

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Superdad 1974 (Movie)

Ira Hershaw (Actor)

The Strongest Man in the World 1974 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

Hec Ramsey 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

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Westworld 1973 (Movie)

Banker (Actor)

Dirty Little Billy 1972 (Movie)

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Joe Kidd 1972 (Movie)

Hotel Manager (Actor)

Snowball Express 1972 (Movie)

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The Partners 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

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Making It 1971 (Movie)

Warren (Actor)

Zachariah 1970 (Movie)

The Dude (Actor)

Charly 1968 (Movie)

Bert (Actor)

The Nurses 1965 - 1967 (TV Show)

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Young Dr. Malone 1958 - 1963 (TV Show)

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I Remember Mama 1948 - 1957 (TV Show)

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14 Going on 30 (TV Show)

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A Memory of Two Mondays (TV Show)

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An Eight Is Enough Wedding (TV Show)

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Another Pretty Face (TV Show)

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CHiPs (TV Show)

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Combat High (TV Show)

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Inside the Playboy Mansion (TV Show)

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Jake Spanner, Private Eye (TV Show)

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State Fair USA (TV Show)

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Sure Hand of God (TV Show)

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The Crooked Hearts (TV Show)

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The Hoboken Chicken Mystery (TV Show)

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The Santa Trap (TV Show)

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Wedding Day Blues (TV Show)

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With This Ring (TV Show)

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Biography

Recognizable for his perennially cherubic countenance and myriad roles of mild-mannered and beleaguered fathers or authority figures on the big and small screen, Dick Van Patten boasted one of the lengthiest and most varied résumés in the acting business. As a child, Van Patten performed alongside giants of Broadway during its Golden Age in some of the theater's greatest works, became a familiar face nationally in the early days of television, and deftly avoided the "child actor curse" that some of his later co-stars could not, working consistently for six decades. Becoming a patriarch of a prolific show business family of his own, he briefly came to engender an American everydad in the 1970s comedy/drama "Eight is Enough" (ABC, 1977-1981), even as he built his comedic bona fides as a regular in the goofball ensemble often used by director Mel Brooks in classic comedies like "High Anxiety" (1977). In his later years, Van Patten essayed his lifelong love of animals into a successful line of pet food products that bore his name and image. This, on top of a career in which, by his own onetime estimate, "I've probably had more jobs than any other actor living."

Relationships

Talia Balsam Actor

Niece

Richard Patten

Father

Pat Van Patten Actor

Wife
Married on April 25, 1954

Jimmy Van Patten Actor

Son
Born October 7, 1956; mother, Pat Van Patten

Josephine Van Patten

Mother

Nels Van Patten Actor

Son
Born in 1955; mother, Pat Van Patten

Vince Van Patten Actor

Son
October 17, 1957; mother, Pat Van Patten

Joyce Van Patten Actor

Sister
Born March 9, 1934 Appeared together as children in "Reg'lar Fellers" (1941) and, decades later, in "Making It" (1971)

Tim Van Patten Actor

Half-Brother

EDUCATION

attended schools in Richmond Hills, New York

Milestones

2011

Made a guest appearance on TV Land sitcom "Hot in Cleveland"

2010

Appeared on an episode of "Celebrity Ghost Stories" (Biography Channel)

2009

Co-authored with Robert Baer the memoir Eighty Is Not Enough: One Man's Journey Through American Entertainment

2009

Featured alongside Pauly Shore in the comedy "Opposite Day"

2005

Guest starred on Fox's "Arrested Development"

2001

Toured in "The Sunshine Boys" with Frank Gorshin

1999

Headlined the world premiere of the stage musical "Scandals" at Theatre Virginia

1996

Appeared in national touring company of revival of "Show Boat" as Captain Andy

1993

Returned to Mel Brooks' rep company in "Robin Hood: Men in Tights"

1990

Returned to series TV on the one-hour CBS drama "WIOU"

1987

Starred in first "Eight Is Enough" reunion TV-movie (NBC)

1977

Co-starred with Mel Brooks in "High Anxiety"

1977

Starred as Tom Bradford, the head of a family with eight very independent children, on "Eight Is Enough" (ABC)

1976

Originated the role of Captain Steubing in "The Love Boat" two-hour pilot (ABC)

1975

Played Friar Tuck on "When Things Were Rotten" (ABC), produced by Mel Brooks

1972

Co-starred on "The New Dick Van Dyke Show" (CBS)

1972

Made TV-movie debut in "Hec Ramsey" (NBC)

1970

Co-starred on NBC sitcom "The Partners"

1968

Had role in feature film "Charly"

1961

Appeared on soap opera "Young Dr. Malone" (NBC)

1949

Played Nels on CBS sitcom "Mama"

1948

Played opposite Henry Fonda in "Mister Roberts" on Broadway

1940

Feature film debut in "Reg'lar Fellers"

1940

Made radio debut on "Young Widder Brown"

1936

Early TV appearance on "Story Hour"

1935

Made Broadway debut in "Tapestry in Gray" with Melvyn Douglas

Screen tested by MGM; failed to impress and did not receive a contract offer

Broke into show business after winning beautiful child contest

Bonus Trivia

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"My mother was a real stage mother. On the other hand, it's terrible if a stage mother pushes a child into a business. People berate stage mothers – but how about mothers who push their kids to become doctors and lawyers?" – Van Patten to Army Archerd in Daily Variety, Feb. 28, 1997

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He suffered a diabetic stroke on Jan. 9, 2006 in Los Angeles, CA.

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