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