Dick Van Patten

Van Patten in May 2008 Richard Vincent Van Patten (December 9, 1928 – June 23, 2015) was an American actor, businessman, and animal welfare advocate, whose career spans seven decades of television. He was best known for his role as patriarch Tom Bradford on the ABC television comedy-drama ''Eight Is Enough''.

Van Patten 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 worked in radio, on ''Duffy's Tavern''. He later starred in numerous television roles including the long-running CBS television series, "Mama" and ''Young Doctor Malone''. Later, he would star or co-star in many feature films, including ''Charly'', Mel Brooks's ''Robin Hood: Men in Tights'' and ''Spaceballs'', and Charlton Heston's ''Soylent Green''. Van Patten was the founder of Natural Balance Pet Foods and National Guide Dog Month.
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