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Dick Van Patten's Costars Pay Tribute to Late  Eight Is Enough Actor

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Dick Van Patten's Costars Pay Tribute to Late Eight Is Enough Actor

Originally posted 06/23/2015 07:50PM

Dick Van Patten's costars fondly remember the man who played their patriarch for four years on Eight is Enough.

"He was the perfect person to play the quintessential father figure, because it was real," actor Willie Aames tells PEOPLE. "You'd see him with his kids and with his family and he was just such a positive, pleasant, great guy."

Van Patten, who played father of eight Tom Bradford on the series from 1977-81, died Tuesday from complications with diabetes. He was 86.

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Dick Van Patten, Who Starred in Eight Is Enough and The Love Boat, Dies at 86

Dick Van Patten, Who Starred in Eight Is Enough and The Love Boat, Dies at 86

Originally posted 06/23/2015 10:15AM

Actor Dick Van Patten, perhaps best known as patriarch Tom Bradford on the '80s series Eight Is Enough, has died. He was 86.

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Mickey Rooney Poses with Old Friends in One of His Last Photos | Dick Van Patten, Mel Brooks, Mickey Rooney

Mickey Rooney Poses with Old Friends in One of His Last Photos

Originally posted 04/08/2014 11:40AM

An acting thoroughbred himself through a career spanning more than 150 films, Mickey Rooney loved to hit the racetrack at Santa Anita Park to bet on the horses.

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