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Beloved TV Star Dick Van Patten Has Died; Father-In-Law To Eileen Davidson

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Very sad news to report this morning, television favorite and former star of the sitcom Eight is Enough, Dick Van Patten has died at age 86.

A representative for Van Patten has released a statement relating: “I am sorry to report this sad news. His family will not be doing any press at this time.”   Reports are now surfacing that the cause of death was complications from diabetes.  Van Patten died Tuesday morning at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California.

Dick Van Patten leaves behind his wife, actress Pat Van Patten whom he had been married to for more than 60 years, and the couple’s three sons: Nels, Jimmy, and Vincent.  As soap fans know, Vincent Van Patten is married to The Young and the Restless, DAYS and RHOBH star, Eileen Davidson.

The beloved elder Van Patten achieved his greatest notoriety in the ABC sitcom, Eight is Enough in the role of Tom Bradford. The show lasted from 1977-1981.  Dick was one of the most working actors in Hollywood and Broadway in a career that started when he was a child at age 7.

Share your thoughts for Eileen and the Van Patten family at the passing of this beloved actor and father in the comment section below.

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Kate Back
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Kate Back

so sorry for your loss,

Susan Miller
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Susan Miller

My sincerest sympathies to eileen n the van patten family. So so sorry for ur loss may our Lord comfort u all in this difficult time. Eileen we love u n may u b comforted now n always ! Love to all n RIP Mr Van Patten ur so loved n will b sorely missed

Mo
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Mo

My condolences.

Tom Jones
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Tom Jones

Very sorry to hear this. He was always a positive. up person. I loved him in “High Anxiety”. Sorry to the family. It’s a great loss. (( HUG ))

Fran Vogt
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Fran Vogt

So sorry for your loss

Angela
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Angela

Very sad to hear of his passing. I loved watching Eight is Enough. Prayers going out to the family

Sandy
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Sandy

Sending my best wishes to the entire family and friends of all who knew and loved him. May you be at peace.

Lisa
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Lisa

So very sorry for your loss! He was of the finest actors I know! He will be truly missed!

JustSaying
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JustSaying

At least he had one last Father’s Day.

Happy belated Father’s Day. Hope the Van Patten family enjoyed each others company and loved one another.

With deep sympathies, stay strong everyone. RIP Richard.

Pamela Matteson
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Pamela Matteson

Great man and actor. To his loved ones I send my condolences for your loss.

Blake
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Blake

I saw this on Twitter earlier, his passing was the top trend on there.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

R.I.P. DickVanPatten

mark
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mark

I loved Eight is Enough! Dick van Patten was the only normal cast member too. RIP Mr Bradford

Linda
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Linda

Such a Sweetheart. Thanks for being such a great example of a Good Man. R.I.P. Dick Van Patten. <3

Bonnie Eeaver
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Bonnie Eeaver

So sorry for your loss Eilern and Vincent. He was a great actor and I am sure a great Father in law. Will be praying for you and Pat

Chase
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Chase

I extend my deepest sympathy to the family and other loved ones of Dick Van Patten.
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Gerrie O'Connell
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Gerrie O'Connell

Eileen Davidson: I was truly saddened to hear about your father-in-law, Dick Van Patton! I just wanted to tell you that my prayers are with you an your family at this sad time. You are one of my favorite soap opera actors, specifically, DOOL! May GOD bless you and your family at this time. Gerrie O’Connell

Ces
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Ces

Rip! Fan of his show eight is enough. Also my doggie has been eating the dog food he created. My condolences to the Van Patten family.

Dottie
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Dottie

Sorry for your loss, I will keep your family in my prayers! He was a great actor, and seemed like he was a gentle soul.

jeanne valenzano
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jeanne valenzano

our condolences to Dicks family. He was a great guy. Sold us our first house in
in Nassau county ,New York. He was one of a kind, very down to earth. Rest in peace Dick…..

yvonne young
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yvonne young

My sincerest condolences to your family.

Jeffrey
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Jeffrey

i just love Dick and his wonderful work as good decent father to 3 great kids just like his TV show 8 is enough was my favorite show as same year along with my other show, Soap from 1977-1981 when I was 13 years old remember this show got me very very fascinating watch every week until it got cancelled in 1981. I had wonderful time to watch the show. Wow,great show… Thank you for everything,Dick, u r great father like Tom Bosley as mr. Cunningham on happy day.

Kim Gisonni
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Kim Gisonni

I’m so sorry for your loss..
I know that Vinnie and his family wont remember me, but my mother used to do his toupee, and Pats wigs when he worked for Adams Realty in Queens Village N.Y. I know that it’s been quite a while but my heart is with you and the entire family…please tell Pat that my mother (Bertha or better known as Bert) sends her most sincere condolences. ..he was a wonderful man…he used to bring us coffee (and hot chocolate) with Kaiser rolls for breakfast every morning…he was much loved and will sadly be missed

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GL Alum Kimberly J. Brown Joins the Cast of General Hospital

Another daytime favorite is coming to General Hospital.  This time its Kimberly J. Brown (Ex-Marah) of Guiding Light fame.  She last appeared on the soaps during her from 1993-1998 and then a brief return in 2006

According to Soap Opera Digest, she will make her GH debut next week in a mystery role.

Kimberly worked with two GH powerhouse actresses during her tine on Guiding Light. 

She noted to SOD about her time in Springfield: Cynthia Watros (Nina, GH, Ex-Annie Dutton, GL) was my stepmom for a bit, and Laura Wright (Carly, Ex- Cassie, GL) played my aunt.”

Brown has appeared in numerous primetime television shows and motion pictures over the last few decades.

Now the question becomes, who will Kimberly play on GH? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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General Hospital and ‘H.R. Pufnstuf’s’ Billie Hayes Dead at 96

She was one-of-a-kind, and now actress Billie Hayes has passed away at the age of 96.  Hayes’ family announced her death from natural causes on April 29th at Cedar-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

Hayes was best-known for her unforgettable role as Witchiepoo on the 1969-70 Saturday morning live-action children’s classic H.R. Pufnstuf from Sid and Marty Kroft.

However, daytime fans will remember that then General Hospital executive producer, Gloria Monty, hired Hayes to play the recurring role of the street-smart international spy, Brighton O’Reilly, back in the 80’s series hey day.

GH’s Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) took to Twitter to mourn the loss of Hayes on Monday sharing; “My dear wonderful Billie Hayes has died. Sadly I only got to work with her on GH but it was a magical relationship. Right away Gloria Monty saw something unique and ran with it. I cannot tell you how her passing saddens me.”

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In story, Brighton O’Reilly was shot and killed by Victor Cassadine back in 1981. Billie told Soap Opera Digest back in 2003 about her time as an agent on GH, and her exit from the series: “I asked Gloria why she killed me off, and Gloria said, ‘To tell you the truth, Billie, we really hemmed and hawed at it. But I decided to do it for selfish reasons. I knew if I killed O’Reilly there’d be such an abundance of sympathy and love for Scorpio that his stock would go up. And he’s my new leading man!’ I understand why Gloria knocked me off, but I would have loved to have gone on with it because I feel it could have been developed into a fascinating character.”

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Sid and Marty Kroft also took to Twitter and expressed:  “Margaret Hamilton (Wizard of Oz) once told us that Billie Hayes was “one of the best witches ever” We couldn’t agree more. Rest in Peace dear friend.”

Billie’s career spanned decades including Broadway, television, motion pictures and voice-over work. In addition, she founded the Los Angeles-based animal rescue nonprofit organization Pet Hope, a cause she had championed since adopting a puppy abandoned in the basement of Broadway’s St. James Theatre during the run of Lil’ Abner in which she was featured in the role of Mammy Yokum.

Share your remembrances of Billie Hayes and your condolences for her family and loved ones via the comment section below.

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Guiding Light Alum Melina Kanakaredes ‘Greek Candy’ Series to Debut on Amazon Streamer ‘IMDb TV’

We all knew her when she played Eleni Andros on the beloved Guiding Light, and two Daytime Emmy nominations later, actress Melina Kanakaredes left the soap for Hollywood, where she has appeared in numerous TV series and motion pictures ever since.

Now, Melina who currently stars on Fox’s hit medical drama, The Resident is set to launch her very own project in which she not only stars, but co-wrote and is one of the executive producers.

According to Deadline, look for Kanakaredes new series ‘Greek Candy’ to hit the new Amazon streaming service, IMDb TV as part of its inaugural launch.

In story, Melina Kanakaredes and her family’s 100-year-old chocolate factory in Akron, Ohio is the inspiration for Greek Candy. The single-camera comedy, from Sony Pictures Television, tells the story of mom, dad, their three teenage daughters, four very Greek immigrant grandparents, and one very non-Greek “adopted” son and what it means to live the American dream in 2021.

So, looking forward to checking out Melina’s new comedy series? Have you loved her work ever since Guiding Light? Comment below.

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