Dick Van Patten Biography
Dick Van Patten born on December 9, 1928, in Kew Gardens, New York, was a favorite American Actor, entrepreneur and animal welfare advocate. His real name was Richard Vincent Dick Van Patten. Dick Van Patten played a vital role in a comedy-drama “Eighty Is Enough” and he got fame from his role as “Patriarch Tom Bradford”.
Early Life and Career
Dick Van Patten started his career as a child actor in New York and was very successful after playing different roles in a dozen of stage plays in his teenage. Later on, he starred some television plays including famous “CBS television series, I Remember, and Mama Young Dr. Malone”. Dick Van Patten also remained co-star or star in number of films; here is the list of those films
- Mel Brooks
- Robin Hood
- Men In Tight
- Charlton Heston’s
- Soylent Green
- Charly (Academy Award Winning)
- Dick Van Patten Foundations:
Van Patten founded the Natural Balance Pet Foods and the National Guide Dog Month.
Early life of Dick Van Patten
Dick Van Patten father name was Richard Byron Van Patten, who was an interior designer decorator. Van Patten mother was an advertiser; her name was Josephine Rose. Van Patten made his debut at the very small age on Broadway; he was probably of seven years when he played a role as an actor. He was successful in his childhood after appearing in numerous theatrical plays. Van Patten began his film career in Hollywood when he moved to teenage.
Acting Career of Dick Van Patten
Van Patten career started at his early age in 1935 on Broadway. Later on, he also appeared in 12 more Broadway plays and billed as “Dickie Van Patten”. After his successful theatrical stage plays in New York and early childhood fame, Van Patten started his career as television and movie star. “Dick Van Patten played the role as Nels Hansen in TV series Mama in 1949”. Van Patten most famous and a leading role that he played was Patriarch Tom Bradford in TV drama “Eight Is Enough”. Eight Is Enough was his late and heart winner drama ever. Van Patten also played the secondary role in episodes of numerous dramas like Banacek, Sanford and Son, Arrested Development, The Brain Keith Show, Cannon, The Streets of San Francisco, and Happy Days.
Dick Van Patten Death
Dick Van after making a lot contribution in the industry and spreading ever lasting love, reached his final destination. He died due to diabetes complication last year on 23 June, 2015 at the age of 86. He spent his last days in Saint John’s Hospital at Monica, California.