Dick Van Patten, "Eight Is Enough" dad, RIP


Dick Van Patten who famously played Tom Bradford on TV's "Eight Is Enough" (1977-1981) and also appeared in several Mel Brooks movies, Westworld, Soylent Green, I Remember Mama, and many other movies and TV shows died today at 86.

"(My Eight Is Enough character) Tom Bradford was very much like me," he once told the Academy of American Television. "His family came first. His career was second. It was the same with me."

Van Patten was also an animal welfare advocate and founder of Natural Balance Pet Foods and National Guide Dog Month.