Television has lost one of its best matchmakers of all time.
Jim Lange, original host of The Dating Game, passed away Tuesday at 81. Lange started as a radio disc jockey, much like The Newlywed Game's Bob Eubanks, before turning to TV. He was tapped to host Dating Game when it launched in 1965, spending 8 years on ABC, with a few more in syndication later in the decade. After that, he became closely associated with Jack Barry & Dan Enright's Bullseye.
As it is, Jim now joins one of his famous celebrity guests in Heaven. Here's a segment from 1972 with Michael Jackson!
Obviously, Michael never married any of the three young ladies on this show, but don't ya think maybe he should have?
Rest in peace, Jim.