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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.


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!.


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

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