Vincent Van Patten

Vincent Van Patten
Vince Van Patten 2019.jpg
Vince Van Patten in 2019
Born (1957-10-17) October 17, 1957 (age 63)
Occupation Actor, tennis player, commentator
Years active 1970–present
( m. 1989; div. 2001)

( m. 2003)
Children 3

Tennis career
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Turned pro 1978
Retired 1987
Plays Right-handed
Prize money $433,522
Career record 109–116
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 26 (November 2, 1981)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open 1R (1981, 1985)
Wimbledon 3R (1985)
US Open 3R (1982, 1983)
Career record 43–72
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 24 (September 15, 1986)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open QF (1981)
Wimbledon 3R (1984)

Vincent Van Patten (born October 17, 1957) is an American actor, former professional tennis player, and the commentator for the World Poker Tour.

Personal life

Van Patten was born in Bellerose, New York, as the youngest son of actor Dick Van Patten and his wife, Pat (née Poole), a former June Taylor dancer. He is of Dutch, English, and Italian descent.[citation needed] He was first urged into show business at age nine by his father's agent. He appeared in more than thirty commercials, including Colgate toothpaste, before his father was cast in the TV series, Arnie, and moved his family from Long Island to Los Angeles.[citation needed]

From his first marriage to Betsy Russell he has two sons: Richard and Vince. His second marriage, on April 15, 2003, was to The Young and the Restless actress Eileen Davidson; they have one child together.[1]

Vince is related to several other well-known actors, actresses, and singers through blood and by marriage. Vince is a brother of James and Nels Van Patten, a nephew of Joyce Van Patten and Timothy Van Patten, and a cousin of Talia Balsam.[1]


As a child actor during the 1970s, Van Patten guest-starred in over three dozen classic television series, including Bonanza, The High Chaparral, Medical Center, Adam-12, The Courtship of Eddie's Father, Wonder Woman, and a variety of television movies. He also had roles in the films Charley and the Angel (1973) and Chino (1973).[1] At age 16, he was cast in Apple's Way, a CBS drama series, in which he played the son of an architect who leaves the big city to rear his family in rural and fictional Appleton, Iowa.[1]

In the fall of 1975, at age 18, he appeared as John Karras in a 12-week CBS drama series Three for the Road. The story line is that of a father and two sons, grief-stricken over the death of their wife and mother, who sell their house, buy a recreational vehicle, and roam throughout the United States.[2]

Three years later, he co-starred in The Bionic Boy, a two-hour ABC attempted spinoff of the popular Lee Majors vehicle The Six Million Dollar Man, that never went to series. In 1978, he starred in the cult film classic Rock 'n' Roll High School. He starred in several other films in the 1970s and 1980s, including the 1979 action thriller Survival Run (aka Spree), Yesterday (1981) as a Vietnam war veteran, the slasher film Hell Night (1981), Gidget's Summer Reunion (1985), The Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission (1987), and Camp Fear (1991). He wrote, produced, and starred in The Break (1995), distributed by Lions Gate with Martin Sheen.[1] Van Patten co-wrote and produced 7 Days to Vegas (2019), based on a true story, about a bet he made in 1995 that he could walk to Las Vegas, NV from Los Angeles, CA (280 miles), in seven days.[3]


Van Patten was also a professional tour tennis player who in 1979 was awarded the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Rookie of the Year award. The highlight of his career came in 1981 when he defeated John McEnroe and two other top ten world ranked pros to win the Seiko World Super Tennis tournament in Tokyo. His career high ranking in singles was World No. 26, reached on February 11, 1982.[citation needed]

In singles, Van Patten reached the third round of the US Open twice, in 1982 and 1983, and Wimbledon once, in 1985. In doubles his best Grand Slam event result was reaching the quarter-finals of the French Open in 1981, partnering with Mel Purcell. His highest doubles ranking was World No. 24, reached in September 1986.[citation needed]

Tennis Grand Prix Championship Series finals

Singles (1 title)

Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 1981 Tokyo, Japan Carpet Australia Mark Edmondson 6–2, 3–6, 6–3


Van Patten learned to play poker from his father, actor Dick Van Patten, at age 14.

In the 1990s, Vince Van Patten put together his own Hollywood home game with famous regulars like Ben Affleck or Tobey Maguire.[4]

He finished in the money at the 2010 World Series of Poker main event. He finished 481st in a pool of 7,319 entrants and received winnings totaling $27,519. (This amount was awarded to finishers 460th thru 531st.)[5]

He is a commentator on World Poker Tour since 2003. The first four seasons were broadcast on Travel Channel; seasons five and six on Game Show Network, and, from the seventh through to the current season, it now airs on Fox Sports Networks.[6]

With Robert J Randisi, he wrote The Picasso Flop (ISBN 0892960701), a novel about Vegas poker.[7]

As of September 2020, Van Patten has $104,383 in live tournament earnings from 7 different events.[8]



  • Holmstrom, John. The Moving Picture Boy: An International Encyclopaedia from 1895 to 1995. Norwich, Michael Russell, 1996, p. 319.

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