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Dick Van Patten (1928 – 2015)

Starred in everything from “Eight is Enough” to “Spaceballs”

One of TV’s most beloved patriarchs, Dick Van Patten has passed away at age of 86.

Best known for playing the father Tom Bradford on classic series “Eight is Enough” (see below), Van Pattern died from complications from diabetes.

The New York born actor was also known for his roles in “The New Dick Van Dyke Show”, “The Love Boat”, “I Remember Mama”, and Mel Brooks’ movies “Spaceballs”, “High Anxiety”, and “Robin Hood : Men in Tights”. In recent times, he appeared on “Hot in Cleveland” and “Arrested Development”.

He is survived by his wife Patricia Van Patten, to whom he was married for more than 60 years, and three sons.

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