Jim Lange, TV and Radio Host
The first host of the popular game show “The Dating Game,” Jim Lange, died today in his home in Mill Valley, CA. He was 81.
Debuting in 1965, ABC’s The Dating Game aired for more than a decade and played host to many celebrity guests before they hit it big from Farrah Fawcett to Steve Martin and Arnold Schwarzenegger. It brought national attention to Lange, who will be most remembered for hosting the popular show.
Lange’s big break on network TV came in 1962 when he became announcer on The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show. After The Dating Game, Lange also went on to host Hollywood Connection, $100,000 Name That Tune and The New Newlywed Game.
He also had a long a successful career in radio, working as a disc jockey in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Rest in Peace Mr. Lange.