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"The Dating Game" Host, Jim Lange Passed Away

Discussion in 'The Entertainment Board' started by Viper, Feb 27, 2014.

  1. Viper

    Viper I'll Never Forget You Two!

    Mar 16, 2002
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    I just found out that Jim Lange, long-time host of "The Dating Game", passed away this past Tuesday of a heart attack at age 81:( He was one of the best and friendliest game show hosts of all-time. He also hosted: Hollywood Connection (a terrible Match Game clone), Bullseye, a 1984 revival of Name That Tune, and The $1,000,000 Chance of a Lifetime. I'll never forget him!!!:(
  2. wonderfly

    wonderfly Shaking things up a bit
    Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 22, 2002
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    At first I thought "The Dating Game" host was 81 years old? But no, I'm thinking of Chuck Woolery, who hosted the 90's version of the Dating Game.
  3. LDEJRuff

    LDEJRuff Wish-making dog lover

    Mar 4, 2009
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    Didn't affect me much, since I never watched the show. Still, that is pretty sad.
  4. SF4Ever

    SF4Ever Active Member

    Mar 29, 2006
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    I actually grew up watching Jim on TV, hosting game shows. I still remember when both he and Bob Eubanks were on in the same hour in syndication- Jim hosted The Dating Game, while Bob hosted The Newlywed Game. Jim hosted other game shows, such as Bullseye, $100,000 Name That Tune, $1,000,000 Chance of a Lifetime and Triple Threat. I remember the NBC-TV special, The Most Outrageous Game Show Moments, where Jim co-hosted with Bob, Peter Marshall, Wink Martindale and Ben Stein. Jim spoke about the time when he had a contestant on The Dating Game that was wanted by the police(now-convicted murderer Rodney Alcala). Ironically, on The Dating Game, he had Richard Dawson looking to get a date- Dawson did win. Years later, Jim appears on Family Feud, hosted by Dawson(FF Battle of the TV Hosts, 1983). Of course, Jim also had a fellow and future game show host on The Dating Game, namely 1 vs. 100 host Bob Saget. Jim was one of the most underrated game show hosts in TV history and he will be missed. Thanks for the memories, Jim!!!
  5. BartWinkle

    BartWinkle Active Member

    Dec 10, 2007
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    Jim and Bob were also seen on ABC-daytime back-to-back from 1968 to 1973 and Saturday evenings from 1967 to 1970. I'd like to see classic Dating Game on DVD. R.I.P. Jim.

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