Recognizable for his cherubic countenance and roles playing mild-mannered fathers in movies and on TV, Dick Van Patten has one of the lengthiest and most impressive track records in the acting business. In fact, he estimates that "I've probably had more jobs than any other actor living." As a child, Van Patten performed alongside Broadway stars such as Melvyn Douglas, Tallulah Bankhead, Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, often winning roles over newcomers such as Marlon Brando and Roddy McDowell. He worked in radio and became a familiar face in the early days of television, even becoming "everydad" in the1970s comedy/drama Eight is Enough. He's been a roommate to Burt Lancaster, a next-door neighbor to Michael Jackson and a successful businessman. In Eighty Is Not Enough, this beloved actor reflects on a career that has lasted over seven decades. Along the way he shares insights and anecdotes about some of the biggest names in TV, movies and theater, along with the challenges he has faced as a husband, father, animal rights crusader and working actor in an ever evolving business.
Mr. Braden, a syndicated newspaper columnist, was best known for his autobiographical novel about his life as the father of eight children, which was published in 1975 and adapted as an ABC comedy-drama two years later. Mr. Braden was also one of the early practitioners of the televised arguments that masquerade as interview shows when he became the sparring partner of former Nixon adviser Pat Buchanan on "Crossfire" in 1982.
Thomas Wardell Braden II was born Feb. 22, 1917, in Greene, Iowa.
In 1954, he bought the Blade-Tribune newspaper of Oceanside, Calif., with a $185,000 loan from Nelson Rockefeller, the industrialist and later New York governor, for whom his wife worked. He sold the paper in 1968. In the 1990s, the Blade-Tribune merged with the Escondido Times Advocate to form The North County Times.
His memoir, "Eight Is Enough," grew out of the syndicated newspaper column he wrote after another Washington journalist, Joseph Alsop, told him that his best writing was about his family.
http://www.onscreenandbeyond.com/ celebrates its 100th podcast with an interview with Dick Van Patten. He talks about his career and Eight is Enough.
Check out the reruns of the podcasts, but here's what I also found in the rerun stack!
Episode 41 - Original Air Date March 30, 2009. Dr Demento interview - Dr. Demento, the man who tickles your funnybone on "The Dr Demento Show" joins us!