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.
Iverson said Lange moved to San Francisco with Cannon "to work in radio playing rock 'n' roll. Lange stayed in California, and his big break came … Paul, is survived by his wife, former Miss America Nancy Fleming; a sister; five children, two stepchildren and four grandchildren.
on 'The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show' " starting in 1962 as the announcer and Ford's sidekick.
He played host to many celebrity guests on the show as they laid the foundation for their fame as entertainers, among them Michael Jackson, Steve Martin, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Farrah Fawcett.
The show's format: A young man or woman questions three members of the opposite sex, hidden from view, to determine which one would be the best date.
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