Dick Van Patten Dies: Eight is Enough Actor was 86

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Dick Van Patten, who starred as lovable father Tom Bradford to a brood of children in the 70s hit Eight is Enough, has passed away.

"I am sorry to report this sad news," his publicist Jeff Ballard said. "He was the kindest man you could ever meet in life. A loving family man. They don’t make them like him anymore." Ballard added, "His family will not be doing any press at this time."  

Dick Van Patten

Van Patten had a prolific career, making guest appearances in many shows, including Wonder Woman, Happy Days, The Six Million Dollar Man, That 70s Show and Hot in Cleveland.

He started acting as a small child, first appearing on Broadway at the age of 7, something he did an additional 27 times during his life.

He is survived by his wife, actress Pat Van Patten, and the couple’s three sons: Nels, Jimmy, and Vincent.  

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