Earlier today it was confirmed that Dick Van Patten, made popular from his 1980s TV dramedy “Eight Is Enough,” past away at the age of 86.
His death is being attributed to advanced complications from diabetes. Patten passed-away at Saint John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California earlier this morning.
The popular actor was a staple in the comedy world, having played memorable roles in films like “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” and “Spaceballs.” Both of which were with his friend Mel Brooks and Patten also starred in the original “Freaky Friday” film from Walt Disney Pictures.
Patten was a star of stage and screen. As a child actor Patten took the stage in Kurt Weill’s “The Eternal Road” and rose to become one of television’s favorite fathers as Tom Bradford, the father of eight children, on ABC’s “Eight Is Enough” from 1977-81.
Patten leaves behind his beloved wife Pat, the two had been married since 1954 and his three sons, Nels Van Patten, James Van Patten and Vincent Van Patten. Patten also had a sister, named Joyce Van Patten; and his half-brother Timothy Van Patten.