Jim Lange, the host of the popular TV show "The Dating Game", died on Tuesday at his home in California at the age of 81 after suffering a heart attack, his wife said. Paul, Minn., worked in radio and as a disc jockey before joining the "Dating Game".
Contestants on the show, which debuted in 1965, chose a date from three candidates after asking a series of questions.
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His wife, Nancy, told NBC's "Today" morning news show that although her husband was best known for his television work his real love was radio.
Lange is survived by his wife, five children, two stepchildren and four grandchildren.
"If you study geology, which is all facts, as soon as you get out of school you forget it all," Martin recalled of his days at California State University at Long Beach, "but philosophy you remember just enough to screw you up for the rest of your life." Life has been good, not least for his fans.
Stephen Glenn Martin was born in Texas and raised in Southern California.
He has interpreted Samuel Beckett on stage, David Mamet on screen, adapted Rostand with panache, created an unforgettable movie jerk as well as television's most attractive wild and crazy guy, written and starred in blockbusters from Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid to L. Story and Shopgirl, and all the while-never taking himself too seriously-he continues to nurture his considerable gifts with tongue firmly in cheek.