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Jim Lange

Original 'Dating Game' Host Dead

2/27/2014 7:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Jim Lange
-- host of "The Dating Game" -- one of the biggest game-type shows in the history of TV -- is dead.

Lange was a huge presence on the show ... which pitted 3 bachelors against each other to impress a girl ... and the end game was a date. Lange was spectacularly charming and very funny.

Among the bachelors who appeared on the show -- Michael Jackson, Steve Martin and Arnold Schwarzenegger.  And get this ... Farrah Fawcett was one of the girls who had to choose, and she was introed as "an accomplished artist and sculptress."


The MJ show is hysterical.  Michael -- who was a teenager -- says, "I've never been out on a date before.  What do two kids like us do on a date?"

Lange died from a heart attack.  He was 81.

And get this ... One of the most notorious serial killers ever -- Rodney Alcala, was not only a contestant on "The Dating Game," he won.

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24 COMMENTS

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1.

James R. - Los Angeles    

Funny show. There was an episode of "Laverne & Shirley" where Lenny and Squigy were on. Hilarious.

48 days ago
2.

anon.    

RIP

48 days ago
3.

Ace    

Now there's an App for that.

48 days ago
4.

James25    

I love seeing old episodes on YouTube. Especially the ones of celebrities before they were celebrities like John Ritter and Bob Saget. I wish they would bring the show back. GSN, are you listening?

48 days ago
5.

Truth    

BACK THEN... EVEN FUGLY GUYS COULD DO TV. PLASTIC SURGEONS AND FOTOSHOP CHANGED EVERYTHING. #TRUTH!!

48 days ago
6.

News Flash     

I'll bet Calamity Jane remembers him.

48 days ago
7.

me2010    

Pretty sure Brad Pitt was a contestant. He was very shy and giggly.

48 days ago
8.

think101    

RIP and condolences to the Family and Friends.

48 days ago
9.

Sheldon Siegel    

Another part of my childhood gone. RIP.

48 days ago
10.

BellaJ    

Awww thanks for the memories. Rest in peace ❤️

48 days ago
11.

Mr. Pukey    

RIP dude. You were a good host.

48 days ago
12.

(ಠ_ಠ) Jacko The Pretty Little Shemale ( . ) ( . )    

??Michael Jackson??


Is that where he met Wade?

48 days ago
13.

Wow ...    

Remember when this was sinful, at least according to my grandparents. If they knew what was on TV today, lol. Anyway...

May he RIP. My condolences to family, friends and fans!

48 days ago
14.

Dead@27    

I preferred The Newlywed Game:
"When you and your wife MAKE WHOOPEE..."

48 days ago
15.

BOBCAT    

Magnum P.I.,Tom Selleck also appeared on the show ...

48 days ago
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