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

FILE - In this Oct. 13, 1987 file photo, actor Dick Van Patten is photographed in Los Angeles. Van Patten, the genial comic actor best known as the patriarch of TV’s “Eight is Enough,” has died, according to his publicist Daniel Bernstein. He was 86. No details on his death were immediately available. (AP Photo/Mark Terrill, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Dick Van Patten, the genial comic actor best known as the patriarch of TV’s “Eight is Enough,” has died, according to his publicist Daniel Bernstein.

No details on his death were immediately available. He was 86.

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Born in New York, the veteran entertainer began his career as a child actor performing on the stage and on TV during its infancy.

But his greatest success was as Tom Bradford, a middle-aged widower and father of eight children who met and married Abby, played by Betty Buckley. The ABC comedy-drama aired from 1877-1981.

Van Patten’s film roles included “Spaceballs,” ”The Santa Trap” and “Soylent Green.”

His many TV appearances included “Love, American Style,” ”The Love Boat” and, most recently, “Hot in Cleveland.”

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