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Bobby Van
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Name: Robert Jack Stein
Born: December 6, 1928
Birth Hometown: The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Died: July 31, 1980
Place of death: Los Angeles, California
Occupation: actor, singer, dancer, game show host
Years active: 1950-1980
Known for: Starring in Small Town Girl

Bobby Van (born Robert Jack Stein December 6, 1928 – died July 31, 1980) was a Broadway musical, movie & television actor and game show host in the 1950s and 1970s.

Career[]

Bobby Van spent the bulk of his career in the Broadway world, appearing in plays such as: No, No, Nanette, Lost Horizon and Small Town Girl. Before all this, he started as a trumpeter, but his career skyrocketed when he was asked to fill in as a song & dance man for another act.

Throughout the 50s & 60s Bobby did work for film & television shows sometimes with Mickey Rooney, especially in Mickey's short-lived self-titled sitcom.

Personal Life[]

Bobby Van was married twice, the first time was with starlet Diane Garrett and later with another Broadway actress Elaine Joyce which was the more successful of the two. Elaine & Bobby appeared on several game shows together including TattleTales and Match Game. That seemed to open the door for Bobby's career as a game show host himself. His first was Showoffs (replacing the late Larry Blyden), next was The Fun Factory and finally Make Me Laugh!.

Death[]

Bobby Van passed away in 1980 after an unsuccessful battle with cancer.

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