'The Dating Game' Host Jim Lange Dies at 81


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Back when game shows ruled, Jim Lange was a very familiar TV face, hosting ABC's 'The Dating Game.' It was reported today that the TV host passed away in his Mill Valley, California residence after suffering a heart attack on Tuesday morning. He was 81.

'The Dating Game' began airing in 1965, most often pitching three unseen eligible bachelors against one another as a beautiful single lady asked all kinds of silly questions that garnered some amusingly sexy answers. The lucky winner shared a chaperoned date with the lady. Many well-known celebrities appeared on the show, either as part of their celebrity or as relative unknowns who later made it big. Among the names to appear were Farrah Fawcett and Tom Selleck.

Lange, who hailed from St. Paul, Minnesota, was a passionate radio personality. He spent decades working in that medium, including his last gig as a San Francisco morning show DJ on KABL that he began in the mid-2000s.

He also was seen on 'The Hollywood Squares,' 'Bewitched,' 'Amazing Stories,' 'Family Feud,' 'Laverne & Shirley,' and 'Moesha.' His work on 'The Dating Game' went on for years.

The congenial personality leaves behind his wife, Nancy who was Miss America 1961, five children, two stepchildren, four grandkids, and a sister.



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