Dick Van Patten
Richard Vincent "Dick" Van Patten (born December 9, 1928 in Kew Gardens, New York) is an American actor, businessman, and animal welfare advocate. He is best known for his role as patriarch Tom Bradford on the television sitcom Eight is Enough.
He began working as a child actor. He was successful on the New York stage, appearing in more than a dozen plays as a teenager. He later starred in many television roles including the long running CBS television series, I Remember Mama and Young Dr. Malone. Later he would star or co-star in many feature movies including Mel Brooks' Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Charlton Heston's Soylent Green and the Academy Award winning Charly.
Patton is the founder of Natural Balance Pet Foods and National Guide Dog Month.
Van Patten has been married to Patricia Poole since 1954. They have three children; Vincent Van Patten, Nels Van Patten, and Jimmy Van Patten. Van Patten's sister is Joyce Van Patten. His half-brother is Tim Van Patten. Van Patten has type 2 diabetes.