Legendary actor Dick Van Patten passed away Tuesday morning at a hospital in Santa Monica, California after a long time illness with diabetes. He was 86 years old. Van Patten was best known for his role as Tom Bradford the dad on the 1970s series Eight is Enough, but his acting career spanned over the decades.
Van Patten started his acting career as a child appearing in many Broadway productions. He went on to appear in several movies such as SpaceBalls and Robin Hood: Men in Tights. He made several guest appearances on many televisions shows as well including Happy Days, The Love Boat, Touched By an Angel and most recently his 2011 appearance on Hot in Cleveland. A full list of his television and movie credits plus a full biography of can be found here on Wikipedia.
Fans from Beneful will remember Dick Van Patten for his likability in the roles he played and his wonderful sense of humor. Friends remember him as one of the kindest men in Hollywood. He and his wife Pat Van Patten had one of Hollywood’s longest marriages having recently celebrated 60 years of wedded bliss. He was a family man and adored his wife and their three sons.