Vincent Van Patten

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Vincent Van Patten
Vincent Van Patten 2017.jpg
Vincent Van Patten in 2017
Born (1957-10-17) October 17, 1957 (age 64)
OccupationActor, tennis player, commentator for the ClubWPT
Years active1970–present
(m. 1989; div. 2001)

(m. 2003)
RelativesJoyce Van Patten (aunt)
Tim Van Patten (uncle)
Talia Balsam (cousin)
Grace Van Patten (cousin)

Tennis career
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Turned pro1978
Prize money$433,522
Career record109–116
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 26 (November 2, 1981)
Grand Slam singles results
French Open1R (1981, 1985)
Wimbledon3R (1985)
US Open3R (1982, 1983)
Career record43–72
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 24 (September 15, 1986)
Grand Slam doubles results
French OpenQF (1981)
Wimbledon3R (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[edit]

Van Patten was born in Bellerose, New York, as the youngest son of actor Dick Van Patten and his wife, Patricia Helon "Pat" Van Patten (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, Nichols, 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, Van Patten 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] In 1978, 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. He made a guest appearance in the final episode of the NBC television anthology series $weepstake$ in 1979.

In 1978, Van Patten 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 280 miles (450 km) from Los Angeles, California, to Las Vegas, Nevada, in seven days.[3]


Van Patten was 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.

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.

Tennis Grand Prix Championship Series finals[edit]

Singles (1 title)[edit]

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, a novel about Vegas poker.[7]

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


  1. ^ a b c d e Vincent Van Patten at IMDb
  2. ^ "Three for the Road". IMDb. Retrieved March 16, 2011.
  3. ^ Fessier, Bruce. "Vince Van Patten accepted a bet to walk from L.A. to Vegas. Then he made a movie about it". The Desert Sun. Palm Springs.
  4. ^ "Vincent Van Patten's Life: Biggest Profits, Losses and Net Worth". Somuchpoker. July 31, 2020. Retrieved September 21, 2020.
  5. ^ "Event #57: No-Limit Hold'em Championship". World Series of Poker. November 9, 2010. Retrieved December 27, 2012.
  6. ^ Profile,; accessed March 2, 2016.
  7. ^ Van Patten, Vince; Randisi, Robert J. (February 21, 2007). The Picasso Flop. Grand Central. ISBN 978-0759517073. Retrieved December 6, 2020.
  8. ^ "Vince van Patten's profile on The Hendon Mob". The Hendon Mob Poker Database. Retrieved September 21, 2020.


  • Holmstrom, John (January 1, 1999). The Moving Picture Boy: An International Encyclopaedia from 1895 to 1995 (second ed.). Norwich: Michael Russell. p. 319. ISBN 978-0859551786.

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