Dick Van Patten, star of ‘Eight is Enough,’ dies at 86

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Actors Dick Van Patten and Patrick Duffy on stage at the Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences' 'Father's Day Salute To TV Dads' on June 18, 2009 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Actor and star of “Eight is Enough,” Dick Van Patten died Tuesday in a California hospital from complications related to diabetes. He was 86.

He’s known for his role as the good-natured dad in the hit series “Eight is Enough” that aired during the late 70s.

Van Patten began his career on Broadway at just 7 years old and went on to appear in 27 more Broadway productions.

He also starred in films like “High Anxiety,” “Space” and “Robin Hood: Men in Tights.”

“He was the kindest man you could ever meet in life. A loving family man. They don’t make them like him anymore,” Van Patten’s representative told Entertainment Weekly.

Van Patten is survived by three sons, Nels, Jimmy and Vincent, and his wife Patricia Van Patten, to whom he was married for more than six decades.


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