Jim Lange, original 'Dating Game' host
He died Tuesday morning after suffering a heart attack, his wife, Nancy, said 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, charming audiences with his mellifluous voice and wide, easygoing grin.
He also played host to many celebrity guests. Michael Jackson, Steve Martin and Arnold Schwarzenegger, among others, appeared as contestants.
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.
Later, after "The Dating Game" brought him national recognition, he also hosted the game shows "Hollywood Connection," "$100,000 Name That Tune" and "The New Newlywed Game."