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Dick Van Patten

Stage Manager, Performer
( b. Dec 09, 1928 Kew Gardens, New York, USA - d. Jun 23, 2015 Santa Monica, California, USA ) Male
Also known as: Dickie Van Patten
Richard Vincent Van Patten [Birthname]
Relations: Brother of Joyce Van Patten
Father of James Van Patten
Patten, who was the always-genial, round-faced actor, who also appeared in Disney films including "Freaky Friday" as well as Mel Brooks comedies "High Anxiety," "Robin Hood: Men in Tights"and "Space Balls."

Though long associated with television and film comedies, the actor spent a great deal of time onstage, making the first of his two dozen or so appearances on Broadway as a child back in 1937, in Kurt Weill's The Eternal Road.

He made his Broadway debut in Kurt Weill's The Eternal Road, a spectacle of Jewish history, in 1937 (in 2000, the centenary of Weill's birth, Van Patten attended a full restaging of the mammoth six-hour work at Brooklyn's BAM). The next year the youngster appeared in Paul Osborn's hit "On Borrowed Time," which was adapted into a film starring Lionel Barrymore and Cedric Hardwicke, and appeared in Run Sheep Run; in 1939 he was part of the George S. Kaufman-Moss Hart spectacle The American Way.

After Mister Roberts," Van Patten was missing from Broadway until a one-night stint in "Have I Got a Girl for You!" in 1963; two years later he was stage manager and understudy on the original Ruth Gordon-Garson Kanin play A Very Rich Woman. He appeared on Broadway for the final time in 1974-75 in Herb Gardner's comedy Thieves.

After 1970 the actor was a steady presence on the smallscreen for the next several decades. During the 1970s he guested on "I Dream of Jeannie," "That Girl," "Sanford and Son," "McMillan and Wife," "Love, American Style," "Kolchak: The Night Stalker," "Phyllis," "Maude," "The Streets of San Francisco," "The Six Million Dollar Man," "One Day at a Time."

He made his feature debut in the 1963 horror "Violent Midnight" but more significantly played one of the scientists who aid the lead character in 1968's "Charly." More impressive was his supporting role in the Clint Eastwood Western "Joe Kidd" the same year. Van Patten served as a commentator for the World Series of Poker from 1993-95.

His memoir "Eighty Is Not Enough," co-authored with Robert Baer, was published in 2009.

Source: Variety 


ProductionsDate of Productions
Thieves
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Dick Van Patten [Charlie]
Apr 07, 1974 - Jan 04, 1975
But, Seriously...
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Dick Van Patten [The Hon. Newton Prince]
Feb 27, 1969 - Mar 01, 1969
Lovers and Other Strangers
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Dick Van Patten [Hal]
Sep 18, 1968 - Nov 16, 1968
A Very Rich Woman
[Play, Original]
  • Stage Manager: Dick Van Patten
  • Understudy: Dick Van Patten
Sep 30, 1965 - Oct 23, 1965
Have I Got a Girl for You!
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Dick Van Patten [Ruby Pulaski]
Dec 02, 1963 - Dec 02, 1963
Mister Roberts
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Dick Van Patten
    • Ensign Pulver - Replacement
Feb 18, 1948 - Jan 06, 1951
O Mistress Mine
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Dick Van Patten [Michael Brown]
Jan 23, 1946 - May 31, 1947
The Wind Is Ninety
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Dickie Van Patten [Ernie Sheffield]
Jun 21, 1945 - Sep 22, 1945
Too Hot for Maneuvers
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Dickie Van Patten [Sergeant Walter Burrows]
May 02, 1945 - May 06, 1945
Decision
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Performer: Dickie Van Patten [Felix]
Feb 02, 1944 - Jun 17, 1944
The Snark Was a Boojum
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Dickie Van Patten [Elwood]
Sep 01, 1943 - Sep 04, 1943
The Skin of Our Teeth
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Dickie Van Patten [Telegraph Boy]
Nov 18, 1942 - Sep 25, 1943
The Land Is Bright
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Dickie Van Patten [Timothy Kincaid]
Oct 28, 1941 - Jan 03, 1942
The Lady Who Came to Stay
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Dickie Van Patten [Roger]
Jan 02, 1941 - Jan 04, 1941
The Woman Brown
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Performer: Dickie Van Patten [Peter Brown], Alternate
Dec 08, 1939 - Dec 16, 1939
The American Way
[Play, Spectacle, Original]
  • Performer: Dick Van Patten [Karl Gunther, Age 9]
Jul 17, 1939 - Sep 23, 1939
The American Way
[Play, Spectacle, Original]
  • Performer: Dickie Van Patten [Karl Gunther, Age 9, Child]
Jan 21, 1939 - Jun 1939
Run Sheep Run
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Dickie Van Patten [Nine]
Nov 03, 1938 - Nov 1938
On Borrowed Time
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Dick Van Patten [Boy in Tree]
Feb 03, 1938 - Nov 1938
The Eternal Road
[Musical, Spectacle, Original]
  • Performer: Dickie Van Patten [Isaac]
Jan 07, 1937 - May 15, 1937
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