SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jim Lange, the first host of the popular game show "The Dating Game," has died at his home in Mill Valley, Calif. He died Tuesday morning after suffering a heart attack, his wife Nancy told the Associated Press Wednesday.Though Lange had a successful career in radio, he is best known for his television role on ABC's "The Dating Game," which debuted in 1965 and on which he appeared for more than a decade, playing host to many celebrity guests. Lange's wife Nancy Fleming confirmed to the Associated Press on Wednesday that her husband passed after suffering a heart attack at his home in Mill Valley, Calif. Paul, Minn., native is best known for his career as host of ABC's ."As much as he's known for his television work, his real love was radio," his wife said. His hosting tenure included many celebrity guests as contestants, including Michael Jackson, Steve Martin, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Burt Reynolds, Tom Selleck and a pre. Lange spoke to this in a 1992 interview with the , saying, "Radio is the theater of the mind. You don't have to worry about lighting directors and cameramen or script writers and all that.
In 1967, "The Dating Game" had a special Father's Day episode featuring Groucho Marx's daughter, Melinda.
And one made news for reasons having nothing to do with show business.
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Michael Jackson, Steve Martin and Arnold Schwarzenegger, among others, appeared as contestants.
Even a pre-"Charlie's Angels" Farrah Fawcett appeared on the program, introduced as "an accomplished artist and sculptress" with a dream to open her own gallery.