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


1949 20 Years Old He moved on to television and movies with the role of Nels Hansen in the 1949 TV series Mama, which ran from 1949 to 1957, and as patriarch Tom Bradford on Eight is Enough, 1977 to 1981. … Read More


1973 44 Years Old Van Patten had numerous leading roles in motion pictures including Joe Kidd, The Snowball Express and The Santa Trap. He played the supporting role of Usher #1 alongside Charlton Heston and Edward G. Robinson in the 1973 film Soylent Green. … Read More


1993 64 Years Old He also was a commentator for the World Series of Poker from 1993 to 1995.
1999 70 Years Old In 1999 and 2000, he costarred with Hugh O'Brian, Richard Roundtree, Deborah Winters, and Richard Anderson in the Warren Chaney miniseries, Y2K - World in Crisis.
2008 79 Years Old On January 12, 2008, Van Patten received a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars.
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On November 1, 2009, Phoenix Books published "Eighty Is Not Enough", a book co-authored by Van Patten and Robert Baer in which Van Patten shares an 80-year journey of insights and anecdotes through the entertainment industry. … Read More
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