Dick Van Patten, known best for playing Tom Bradford on the ’70s/’80s comedy-drama series Eight is Enough, passed away Tuesday morning.
People reports the actor, who was 86, died from diabetes complications at the Saint John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California. Dick has three sons and a wife, Patricia, whom he was married to for more than 60 years.
If you have never seen Eight is Enough, then you’re seriously missing out. (And we recommend you watch it soon.) Dick lit up the screen as Tom Bradford, a goofy dad navigating the journey of raising eight kids. It was based off the real-life story of Tom Braden, a journalist who went on to commentate CNN’s Crossfire. The show led to two TV films: 1987’s Eight Is Enough: A Family Reunion and An Eight Is Enough Wedding (1989).
You might also know Dick for playing a politician on The Love Boat, a series that ran on ABC from 1977 to 1987. His other credits include The New Dick Van Dyke Show, Happy Days, Sanford & Son, That ’70s Show, and even Boy Meets World.
You can read his 2009 autobiography Eighty is Not Enough to learn more about this incredible actor. He will certainly be missed.