Dick Van Patten

Dick Van Patten was born on December 9th in Richmond Hill, New York City. He attended the Professional Children's School in New York — where, incidentally, he first met his wife, Pat Poole, when both were 11 years old and in the sixth grade. He began his distinguished show business career as "Dickie Van Patten," child actor, and made his Broadway debut at the age of seven playing Melvyn Douglas' son in "Tapestry in Gray." Van Patten had been working consistently ever since, appearing in all theatrical media: stage, radio, television and films. Van Patten's theatrical credits are prodigious, as befits a lifetime career devoted to that medium. He appeared in such classics as "On Borrowed Time," "Ah, Wilderness," "Watch on the Rhine," "The Skin of Our Teeth," "Kiss and Tell," and scores more, both in New York and in summer stock. Van Patten replaced David Wayne in the role of Ensign Pulver in "Mister Roberts" when Wayne went to Hollywood. One of his Broadway appearances was in "I Was Dancing." Beginning with his years as a child star, Van Patten had been heard on more than 600 radio shows. In television, his first major role was that of Nels in "Mama" (the series adapted from the successful play, "I Remember Mama") which ran for nine seasons on CBS, from 1949 to 1958. Van Patten co-starred in "The Partners" series and has appeared in guest roles on most major shows, including "Arnie," "The Rookies," "Cannon," "Banyon," "The Little People" and "The Streets of San Francisco." Van Patten, who was the brother of actress Joan Patten, was 5'10" tall, weighs 155 pounds and had blonde hair and blue eyes. During the eighties Dick Van Patten achieved success with another TV series, "Eight Is Enough" where he played the father of a numerous family. He passed away in 2015.

Known For


Cast Credits

Hot in Cleveland (2010)
Guest starring as Lester
Arrested Development (2003)
Guest starring as Cal Cullen
Family Guy (1999)
Guest starring as Tom Bradford
That '70s Show (1998)
Guest starring as Murph
  • Episode 8x10: Sweet Lady (Jan 26, 2006) [Special Guest Star]
The Love Boat: The Next Wave (1998)
Guest starring as Sidney Glacken
7th Heaven (1996)
Guest starring as James Rodgers, Sr.
Touched by an Angel (1994)
Guest starring as Jerry
Boy Meets World (1993)
Guest starring as Amish Farmer
Murder, She Wrote (1984)
The Love Boat (1977)
Guest starring as The Great Stellini
Guest starring as Howard Ethan
Guest starring as Charlie Dillinger (2 episodes)
Guest starring as Congressman John Whitcomb
Guest starring as George Hayes
Eight is Enough (1977)
Starring as Tom Bradford
Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974)
Guest starring as Alfred Brindle
Maude (1972)
Guest starring as Gordon Coleman
Emergency! (1972)
Guest starring as Morris Meers
  • Episode 2x09: Women (Nov 25, 1972) [Co-Star]
Guest starring as Carter Merkle
The Partners (1971)
Starring as Sgt. Higgenbottom (19 episodes)
Rawhide (1959)
Guest starring as Matt Reston