Originally Posted by cobalt60
Thanks for the link. I remember him as an acting teenager. And were his parents actors too? I remember a Joyce Van Patten on tv and ? Van Patten as the dad in 8 is enough?
The van Patten family tree:
Dick van Patten & Joyce van Patten are brother & sister (not husband & wife). Dick was a child actor, but is probably best known for starring as Tom Bradford on "Eight is Enough" in the late 70s. Joyce was more of a character actress, but was a regular on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" & several other t.v. series. Dick & Joyce's younger half-brother Timothy van Patten starred as Salami on "The White Shadow" in the late 70s, but is now an Emmy-nominated t.v. director (Homicide, Sex and the City, The Sopranos).
Dick & wife Pat had three sons: Nels, James, & Vincent (who are all older than his half-brother Timothy!). All three sons have dabbled in acting, with Vincent having the most credits on his resume (mostly in his dad's various t.v. series). After retiring from tennis, he's logged a few more acting roles, but from the bio above, he mostly serves as host of various t.v. programs.
Joyce was briefly married to Oscar-winning actor Martin Balsam & is the mother of Talia Balsam, who is also an actress, but is probably best known as George Clooney's ex-wife.
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