Dick Van Patten

December 9, 1928 – June 23, 2015

Whether you remember Dick Van Patten as the infinitely-understanding father in the hit TV show Eight is Enough, from his many appearances in Mel Brooks’ comedies like Spaceballs, High Anxiety and Robin Hood: Men in Tights, or from any number of his scores of other screen credits, his was a face (and persona) not soon forgotten. Richard Vincent Van Patten grew up in New York. He appeared on stage from an early age and made no hesitation to transition to Hollywood. His 60+ year career found him appearing on dozens of hit TV shows and films. His most iconic role, that of Tom Bradford on the 1977-1981 NBC dramedy Eight is Enough, taught audiences everything they would need to know about the man behind the role. Van Patten played Bradford as true to himself as a real-life father as he could and was lauded for his caring, humor and professionalism on set. He died at the age of 86 of complications from diabetes, which he had battled for years.


Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills, CA

Specific Location

Lincoln Terrace, Lot 5232, Garden Crypt 1; As you walk into the Lincoln Terrace, stay to the right-hand sidewalk and walk all the way to the last north/south sidewalk. Dick is buried to the east of this sidewalk on your right.


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