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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Remembering Jim Lange and The Dating Game

Jim Lange, who died Tuesday at age 81, was the host of many TV game shows, including Oh My Word (1965-67), Spin-Off (1975), Give-N-Take (1975), The Hollywood Connection (1977-78), Bullseye (1980-82), Take My Word for It (1982-83), $100,000 Name That Tune (1984-85), $1,000,000 Chance of a Lifetime (1986-87) and Triple Threat (1988-89). However, his most famous gig was as the original host of The Dating Game on ABC (1965-73) and in two syndicated versions (1973-74, 1978-80).

Below you can watch The Dating Game featuring Lange and many celebrity guests (before and after they became famous).

Sally Field and Robert Vaughn (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) (1966)

Groucho Marx (June 17, 1967)

Desi Arnaz Jr., Dave Madden (The Partridge Family), Dick Martin (Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In) and Rip Taylor (1967)

John Ritter (1967)

Don Rickles (late 1960s)

Farrah Fawcett (1969)

Karen and Richard Carpenter (1970)

Ann B. Davis (The Brady Bunch) (early 1970s)

Maureen McCormick (The Brady Bunch) (1971)

Barry Williams (The Brady Bunch) (1972)

Michael Jackson (1972)

Suzanne Somers (1973)

Andy Kaufman (1978)

Jaye P. Morgan (The Gong Show) and Sam J. Jones (Flash Gordon) (1978)

Willie Aames (Eight Is Enough) (1978)

Rip Taylor (1978)

Phil Hartman (Saturday Night Live, Newsradio) (1979)

Bob Saget (Full House) (1979)

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