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Today we're catching up with Vince Van Patten. He has had
so many different careers and he has just embarked on a
new one. He just published a mystery novel. Get the details
in today's issue.
--DEAD OR ALIVE?
See if you know if the following ACTORS have had a visit
from the "Grim Reaper":
- Andy Griffith, star of the TV series "The Andy Griffith
Show" and "Matlock" among many, many roles
- Ralph Bellamy, appeared in 'Trading Places', 'Pretty
woman and many more.
- Brigitte Bardot, French bombshell actress from the 1960s,
starred in "And God Created Woman"
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BIRTH DATE: October 17, 1957, Bellrose, New York
CLAIM TO FAME: This one is hard to pinpoint. I asked about
10 different people and the responses were varied. Probably
the most common response was... who's he? So I decided to
go with The Bionic Boy. A close second is professional
FAMILY LIFE: Eileen Davidson (April 2003 - present) 1 child
Betsy Russell (1989 - ?) (divorced) 2 children
Son of actor Dick Van Patten and Pat Van Patten.
Brother of James Van Patten and Nels Van Patten.
Nephew of Joyce Van Patten and Timothy Van Patten.
Cousin of Talia Balsam.
INFO: Vince first got into show business at age nine with a
commercial for Colgate toothpaste was followed by more than
thirty other commercials. Through the 1970s, the child actor
Van Patten guest-starred in over three dozen television series
including Bonanza, The High Chaparral, Medical Center, Adam 12,
The Courtship of Eddie's Father and a variety of television
movies. At age 16 he was cast in Apple's Way, a CBS series in
which he played the son of an architect who leaves the big city
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TRIVIA: Was rumored in tabloids to be romantically linked to
Farrah Fawcett in the late '70s. The rumor started because
they spent a great deal of time together as they shared a
love for playing tennis.
In 1978 he appeared in the cult classic, 'Rock 'n' Roll
Vince was also a professional tennis player who in 1979 was
awarded the ATP Rookie of the Year award. The highlight of
his career came in 1981 when he defeated John McEnroe and two
other top seeded pros to win the Seiko World Super Tennis
tournament in Tokyo, Japan.
WHERE IS HE NOW: He recently released a book, "The Picasso
Flop", a poker murder mystery and is working on a second one.
And if you are into poker you probably are aware of his gig
as co-host and commentator for the weekly World Poker Tour
television program. Also in the poker world, he has endorsed
the online poker Website Hollywood Poker with actor James
He also appears in commercials for Milwaukee's Potawatomi
He continues to play in many of the major poker tournament
When asked how he got into poker, his response was.
"Well, I was taught how to play poker from my father, actor
Dick Van Patten, at age 9. He played great poker and used
to have games in our house, in the kitchen, four nights a
week with celebrity friends like Walter Matthau, Gabe Kaplan
and Get Smart’s Don Adams. So he figured, 'Well, the kid
better learn how to play,' so I learned to play and learned
how to read the Racing Form. I used to watch them play and,
by age 14, I was good enough. I just loved the game of poker.
Eventually I was good enough to get in that game. And as a 14
year old I was playing against these adults who were throwing
pizza at each other. It was a pretty serious game, but there
was laughter and insults. It was crazy.
From there my game really evolved. I was such a lover of the
game. I even had a fake mustache and beard made up from a guy
named Ziggy in the San Fernando Valley. I put ‘em on when I
was 16 years old and drive to Gardena, California where
gambling was legal if you were over 21. I’d be playing, but I
was only 5 feet tall, and had this fake beard on and moustache.
I looked like a freak. Sometimes security guards would say,
'How old are you?' I figured out that if you said, '21,' it
looked ridiculous, so I’d say, '38.' For some reason, they
would just look at me and walk away. I got away with it.
WRITE TO VINCE:
Vincent Van Patten
13926 Magnolia Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423-1230
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Deal (2006) (post-production)
Winning Texas Hold 'Em (2004) (V) .... Host
Stuey (2003) .... Jimmy D.
When Billie Beat Bobby (2001) (TV) .... Lornie Kuhle
"The Young and the Restless" .... Christian Page (2000-2001)
Backyard Dogs (2000) (V) (as Vince Van Patten) .... ZZ Nash
"Baywatch" .... Dr. Tom Morella / ... (6 episodes, 1992-1997)
The Break (1995) .... Nick Irons
"Baby Talk" .... Elliot (1 episode, 1992)
- Requiem for a Lightweight (1992) TV Episode .... Elliot
Camp Fear (1991) (V)
"Matlock" .... Dave Travis (1 episode, 1990)
- The Pro (1990) TV Episode .... Dave Travis
Payback (1990) (as Vince Van Patten) .... Terry Cartwright
The Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission (1987) (TV) .... Ronnie Webber
Gidget's Summer Reunion (1985) (TV) .... Mickey
Rooster: Spurs of Death! (1983) .... Wyatt
Hell Night (1981) .... Seth
"The Love Boat" .... Frank (1 episode, 1981)
- Return of the Ninny/Touchdown Twins/(1981) TV Episode .... Frank
Yesterday (1981) .... Matt Kramer
Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979) .... Tom Roberts
Survival Run (1979) .... Chip
"How the West Was Won" .... Bob Cooper (1 episode, 1979)
- The Rustler (1979) TV Episode .... Bob Cooper
"Flying High" (1 episode, 1978)
- Palm Springs Weekend (1978) TV Episode
"Insight" (2 episodes, 1978)
- It Can't Happen to Me (1978) TV Episode
- The Sex Game (1978) TV Episode
"What Really Happened to the Class of '65?" (1 episode, 1978)
- The Most Likely to Succeed (1978) TV Episode
"Wonder Woman" .... Johnny (2 episodes, 1977)
James at 15 (1977) (TV) .... Rip Lindeman
The Bionic Boy (1976) (TV) .... Andy Sheffield
"The Six Million Dollar Man" .... Andy Sheffield (2 episodes, 1976)
- The Bionic Boy: Part 1 (1976) TV Episode .... Andy Sheffield
- The Bionic Boy: Part 2 (1976) TV Episode .... Andy Sheffield
"Three for the Road" (1975) TV Series .... John Karras
"Apple's Way" .... Paul Apple (24 episodes, 1974-1975)
"Dirty Sally" .... George (1 episode, 1974)
- The Orphans (1974) TV Episode .... George
Three for the Road (1974) (TV) .... John Karras
"Love, American Style" .... (segment "Love and Carmen Lopez") (1 episode, 1973)
- Love and Carmen Lopez(1973) TV Episode ....
"Barnaby Jones" .... Kevin Mills (1 episode, 1973)
- The Day of the Viper (1973) TV Episode .... Kevin Mills
"Gunsmoke" .... Colby Eaton / ... (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
- The Boy and the Sinner (1973) TV Episode .... Colby Eaton
- Bohannan (1972) TV Episode .... Heck Walden
Valdez, il mezzosangue (1973) .... Jamie Wagner
"The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie" .... Linc Robinson (1 episode, 1973)
- Lost in Space (1973) TV Episode (voice) .... Linc Robinson
Charley and the Angel (1973) .... Willie Appleby
"Medical Center" .... Benjy / ... (3 episodes, 1970-1973)
- Impact (1973) TV Episode .... Kenny
- Blood Line (1971) TV Episode .... Jimmy
- Ghetto Clinic (1970) TV Episode .... Benjy
"Bonanza" .... Tim / ... (2 episodes, 1970-1972)
- Stallion (1972) TV Episode .... Tommy Brenner
- A Matter of Circumstance (1970) TV Episode .... Tim
"ABC Afterschool Specials" .... Mark (1 episode, 1972)
- The Last of the Curlews (1972) TV Episode (voice) .... Mark
"The New Scooby-Doo Movies" (1972) TV Series (unknown episodes)
"Nichols" (1 episode, 1972)
- About Jesse James (1972) TV Episode
The Bravos (1972) (TV) .... Peter Harkness
"Night Gallery" .... Chris (1 episode, 1971)
- Big Surprise (1971) TV Episode .... Chris
"Adam-12" .... Virgil Stephens (1 episode, 1971)
- Truant (1971) TV Episode .... Virgil Stephens
"Marcus Welby, M.D." .... Philip Grand (1 episode, 1971)
- This Is Max (1971) TV Episode .... Philip Grand
"Cannon" .... John (1 episode, 1971)
- Salinas Jackpot (1971) TV Episode .... John
"The Courtship of Eddie's Father" .... Mark (1 episode, 1971)
- To Catch a Thief (1971) TV Episode .... Mark
"Ironside" .... Sonny Brokaw (1 episode, 1971)
- The Target (1971) TV Episode .... Sonny Brokaw
"Nanny and the Professor" .... Tommy (1 episode, 1970)
- The Humanization of Herbert T. Peabody (1970) .... Tommy
"The High Chaparral" .... Culley (1 episode, 1970)
- Spokes (1970) TV Episode .... Culley
Dial Hot Line (1970) (TV) .... Stevie
Beat the Pros (2004) (V)
Mastering Bluffs and Tells in Poker (2004) (V)
Winning Texas Hold 'Em (2004) (V) (as Vince Van Patten)
The Flunky (2000) (co-writer)
The Break (1995) (screenplay) (story)
The Flunky (2000)
The Break (1995)
Don't know who Vince is, want to see a then & now pix, visit:
Vince Van Patten
LOOSE LIPS: "My mom would make me wear dresses to church and I'd
be like, 'Ugh, no! I don't want to wear it'" - Avril Lavigne
--Answers to DEAD OR ALIVE
- Andy Griffith (ALIVE) Born: 06/01/1926
- Ralph Bellamy (DEAD) Born: 06/17/1904 Died: 11/29/1991
- Brigitte Bardot (ALIVE) Born: 06/01/1926
WHO PASSED ON THIS WEEK...
- Maria Gripe, 83, Swedish author.
- Darryl Stingley, 55, American football player.
- Ariel Clark, 22, American actor.
- Bob Clark, 67, American film director (A Christmas Story,
Porky's), car accident.
- Datuk K. Sivalingam, 59, Malaysian politician, heart attack.
- Marion Eames, 85, Welsh novelist (The Secret Room).
- Robin Montgomerie-Charrington, 91, British Grand Prix driver.
- Thomas Hal Phillips, 84, American novelist and screenwriter.
- Zoltán Pongrácz, 95, Hungarian composer and conductor.
- Eddie Robinson, 88, American college football coach at Grambling
State University, Alzheimer's disease.
- Neal Shine, 76, American publisher lymphatic cancer.
- Burt Topper, 78, American screenwriter, film director, and
film producer, pulmonary failure.
- Nina Wang, 69, Hong Kong businesswoman and Asia's richest woman
- Jeannie Ferris, 66, Australian Senator, ovarian cancer.
- Henry Lee Giclas, 96, American astronomer.
- Dr John Billings, 89, Australian co-developer of the Billings
- Herb Carneal, 83, American sportscaster, radio broadcaster for
Minnesota Twins MLB team, congestive heart failure.
- Salem Ludwig, 91, American character actor.
- Thomas Rogers, 79, American emeritus professor of English at
Pennsylvania State University, car accident.
- Tadjou Salou, 32, Togolese international footballer, after
- George Sewell, 82, British actor.
- Belinda Wright, 78, British ballerina.
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