Dick Van Patten started his career as a child actor on the New York stage. He later transitioned to television and film and enjoyed a successful sixty-year career in the entertainment business. Van Patten was born in Kew Gardens, New York, in 1937, getting his big break into…more
Dick enjoys playing tennis and swimming.
As a child actor Dick was billed as Dickie Van Patten.
The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson guest starred Dick over 7 times.
Biography is another place where Dick made many stops in his journey into stardom.
Dick did a lot of work for Disney, appearing in over 15 shows for them.
Tom Bradford, Dick's character on Eight is Enough was ranked #33 in TV Guide's list of the 50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time. (June 2004)
Dick is Honorary mayor of Sherman Oaks, California.
Dick and son James appeared together in a movie in 1980.
Dick has an actress sister named Joyce Van Patten. Dick and Joyce appeared together in 1941 then again in 1971.
Dick married Pat Van Patten on April 36, 1954 and are still married today with 3 children: Nels, James and Vincent.
Dick can also be seen as Alan Merkel in the 2005 movie Freezeburn.
Dick will be playing a part in the movie titled Crossing the King Highway to be released in 2006.
An animal lover, Dick was featured in the Los Angeles based monthly pet lovers magazine, The Pet Press.
Dick is co-founder of the Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Pet Foods company.
Dick is half-brother of Timothy Van Patten. Uncle of Talia Balsam.
Dick was cast in Eight Is Enough (1977) because he was friends with the president of ABC, the network which ran the show. The producers wanted another actor for the part, but Van Patten was cast.
Dick appeared in 'Weird Al' Yankovic's Smells Like Nirvana and Bedrock Anthem music videos.
Dick Van Patten: We're feeding all these zoos. And that's getting bigger and bigger.
Dick Van Patten: We waited until we perfected the dog food, and then we worked on the cat food. Even though it's not going through the roof the way the dog food is, I think it will catch on eventually.
Dick Van Patten: We have a feral cat in our backyard called AC, which stands for Abandoned Cat. Someone moved away and left the cat. She's very timid.
Dick Van Patten: We donate a lot of food to rescue organizations.
Dick Van Patten: To be hungry must be awful. (When asked about donating to the poor and homeless.)
Dick Van Patten: The only honest reaction and true loyalty we get is from our animals. Once they're your friends, you can do no wrong.
Dick Van Patten: She just appeared in my back yard one day. I heard this squealing and I thought it was a baby bird. She never really had a mother. She can't meow.
Dick Van Patten: People don't like to feed live mice and rats to their snakes. Now we have a regular meat food that they will eat. Ninety percent of the snakes will eat this food and love it.
Dick Van Patten: One week we'd go to Brooklyn; the next week to the Bronx; the next week to Manhattan. Every week I'd buy a different pet.
Dick Van Patten: It was just an accident; I was never going to come out here.
Dick Van Patten: I've seen people that don't treat their animals well and yet their animals are still just as loving to them even though they're not treated that well. It's very hard to find that kind of loyalty and love and affection in human beings.
Dick Van Patten: I've probably had more jobs than any other actor living.
Dick Van Patten: I was in 27 Broadway plays, and three of them got the Pulitzer Prize.
Dick Van Patten: I was a child actor in radio, and there's not many of us left.
Dick Van Patten: I love cats.
Dick Van Patten: I come from New York originally, but Californians have been wonderful about animals. These animals are so nice and so good and so sweet and intelligent. It's a crime not to help them.
Dick Van Patten: I appreciate Eight is Enough. It made me recognizable.
Dick Van Patten: From the time I was 8 years old I was on almost every radio show there was.
Dick Van Patten: California people are very aware of helping and rescuing animals, but I don't know if it's that way around the rest of the country.
Dick Van Patten: (on the 1981 cancellation of Eight Is Enough) Nobody called me to tell me it was canceled. I read it in the paper.