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Here's What Happened to Joyce Van Patten from 'The Good Guys' after the Show Ended

Jaimie-lee Prince
Jun 25, 2019
04:58 P.M.
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Joyce Van Patten came from a family of performers, so it's no wonder she had such a busy career. Sadly, her marital life was also too busy.

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Joyce was born in New York to a stage mother who had no qualms about raising her children straight into show business. In fact, she got started with Joyce by having her model before the age of one.

At eight years old, just one year older than when her brother Dick got started, Joyce appeared in a Broadway show called "Love's Old Sweet Song." She was also doing radio gigs.

She and Dick worked together the following year on her first film, "Reg'lar Fellers" and then they were both in 1945's "The Wind is Ninety." In line with the tradition of that time, Joyce got married at a young age.

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She was only 16 when she wed Thomas King, and it lasted for a brief period of three years. However, Joyce gave birth to a son, Casey King, in 1951. By that time, Joyce was able to attain roles in larger projects.

She was in 1951's "Fourteen Hours," 1953's "The Male Animal" alongside her brother, 1955's "The Desk Set" and "Oh Men! Oh Women!" 1957's "A Hole in the Head," 1958's "The Goddess," 1968's "I Love You, Alice B Toklas!," and 1971's "Making It," again with Dick.

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From the mid-50s into the 60s, Joyce also appeared on television in popular dramas like "As the World Turns" in 1956, "Young Dr. Malone" in 1958, "The Danny Kaye Show" in 1963, and "The Good Guys" in 1968.

The comedy show also starred Bob Denver and Herb Edelman who partnered together to manage a diner. Joyce played Claudia, Herb (Gramus)'s wife, who helps operate the diner as well. The series went on for two seasons.

Thereafter, Joyce continued pushing, she had another brief married between 1957 and 1962 to Martin Balsam. In 1968, she again was married for two years, this time to Hal Lynch, before a divorce.

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In 1973, she married Dennis Dugan and they got divorced in 1987. Joyce continued making guest appearances on television, becoming a regular on "The Mary Tyler Moore Hour" in 1979. She had another good run on 1995's "Unhappily Ever After."

She's also graced the screen for popular series like "Law and Order" in 1993, "The Sopranos" in 2002, "Judging Amy" in 2002 and 2003, and "Desperate Housewives" in 2005. "Grown Ups" and "Marley & Me" are two films she's appeared in.

Clearly, Joyce loves what she does and she's not slowing down — it's in her blood. Similarly, her brother kept up his career for a long time until his passing in 2015.

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More recently, he was known for his role on ABC's "Eight Is Enough." Sadly, Dick succumbed to diabetes complications at Saint John's Hospital in Santa Monica.

So far as "Desperate Housewives" goes, one of the stars recently got in trouble for paying for her daughter to pass an exam. Felicity Huffman pled guilty to mail fraud and honest services mail fraud in April.

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