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Jim Lange, original 'Dating Game' host

ASSOCIATED PRESS Host Jim Lange (left) congratulates Connie and Steve Rutenbar after they won big on "The $1,000,000 Chance of a Lifetime."
ASSOCIATED PRESS Host Jim Lange (left) congratulates Connie and Steve Rutenbar after they won big on "The $1,000,000 Chance of a Lifetime."
SAN FRANCISCO - Jim Lange, the first host of the popular game show "The Dating Game," has died at his home in Mill Valley, Calif. He was 81.

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.

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.

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."

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