Dick Van Patten

Born Dec 9, 1928

Richard Vincent "Dick" Van Patten is an American actor, best known for his role as patriarch Tom Bradford on the television sitcom 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.… Read More

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1928 Birth Born on December 9, 1928.
1935 6 Years Old Van Patten's career in show business began as a child actor on Broadway in 1935 in Tapestry In Gray starring Melvyn Douglas. … Read More


1954 25 Years Old 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. … Read More


1977 48 Years Old He was the family patriarch Tom Bradford on Eight Is Enough, which aired from 1977 to 1981 with a ten-to-eleven member cast and was loosely based on a book of the same name by the American journalist Thomas Braden. … Read More


1985 56 Years Old The Hollywood Walk of Fame honored Van Patten November 20, 1985, with a Star of Television marker at 1541 North Vine Street. … Read More


1989 60 Years Old An animal enthusiast, Van Patten co-founded Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Pet Foods in 1989.
2008 79 Years Old 1 More Event
Van Patten's creation of his own brand of dog food was satirized in comedian John Hodgman's 2008 book: "More Information Than You Require," and was re-branded as Dick Van Patten's Hobo Chili for Dogs.
2015 87 Years Old Van Patten died at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California, on June 23, 2015, at age 86. … Read More
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