Dick Van Patten, who is known for his role in popular television series "Eight is Enough" died in Santa Monica, California, on Tuesday, 23 June, due to diabetes complications. He was 86.
The actor had mesmerised the audience with his performance as loving father Tom Bradford in the popular ABC comedy-drama series from 1977 to 1981 and has also appeared in many TV shows and films.
Some of his notable shows include "Mama" (1949–1957) and "Young Dr. Malone" (1961–62) and "When Things Were Rotten" (1975).
He is also known for his roles in movies like "Soylent Green" (1973), "High Anxiety" (1977), "Spaceballs" (1987) and others.
The actor was last seen in a Christian direct-to-video pro-life film, "Sarah's Choice", in 2009, in which he appeared as Pastor Smith.
Patten, a known animal lover, has also said some inspiring quotes on animals.
Check out some of his quotes below:
The only honest reaction and true loyalty we get is from our animals. Once they're your friends, you can do no wrong.
We're feeding all these zoos. And that's getting bigger and bigger.
To be hungry must be awful.
We donate a lot of food to rescue organizations.
I've seen people that don't treat their animals well and yet their animals are still just as loving to them even though they're not treated that well. It's very hard to find that kind of loyalty and love and affection in human beings.
We waited until we perfected the dog food, and then we worked on the cat food. Even though it's not going through the roof the way the dog food is, I think it will catch on eventually.
Check out some condolence messages by celebs after the death of Dick Van Patten:
— Leeza Gibbons (@LeezaGibbons) June 24, 2015
Sadden by Dick Van Patten's passing. Wonderful actor & great man, who did my radio & TV shows many times. Also a big horse racing fan. RIP. — Larry King (@kingsthings) June 24, 2015
It was always a happy day for me when I knew Dick Van Patten would be on the set. I'll miss him very much. http://t.co/m1Lw9PKquz
— Mel Brooks (@MelBrooks) June 24, 2015
Dick Van Patten seemed like a good man...RIP. — Dennis Miller (@DennisDMZ) June 23, 2015
Thank u for all the condolences about Dick Van Patten. What a wonderful loving hilarious humble talented man. I will love him forever ❤️❤️
— Eileen Davidson (@eileen_davidson) June 23, 2015
A great friend, a great sport, and a sweet, sweet man. RIP Dick Van Patten. — Al Yankovic (@alyankovic) June 23, 2015
Heartsick to hear #DickVanPatten has passed away. Wonderful human being,actor, comedian, Super Dad, beloved friend & role model.
— Betty Buckley (@BettyBuckley) June 23, 2015
We'll forever miss your sincere smile and devoted friendship, Dick Van Patten. Thank you for the love you gave so freely. Rest in peace. — RUTH BUZZI (@Ruth_A_Buzzi) June 23, 2015
Just learned Dick Van Patten has died. He was a great guy. Fun loving and family loving and animal loving. My condolences to his family.
— Fred Willard (@Fred_Willard) June 23, 2015