As Groucho told Lange, "Just because a man wears pants doesn't mean he's a gentleman." What's most painful is to see the hopeful, fresh-faced bachelors attempt to outwit one of the wittiest comedians of all time.PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Rodney Alcala was described during his 1978 appearance on the show as a successful photographer who enjoyed sky-diving and motorcycling.After asking them a series of questions, she would chose which one to go on a date with.A number of noted celebrities, including Tom Selleck and Jim Carrey, have started out as bachelors on this show.Jim Lange, who died of a heart attack Tuesday at age 81, hosted many game shows during his decades-long career, but it was his work on "The Dating Game" that made him the most famous.Lange was the first host of this enduring singles' program, and his run lasted from 1965 to 1980.Sadly, Jackson later revealed to Andy Warhol in a 1977 interview, "I've never been on a date outside of 'The Dating Game.' And that was work."Andy Kaufman was a nationally known comedian, but his "Foreign Man" character was not yet a sensation on the sitcom "Taxi" when he made his 1978 appearance on "The Dating Game." While Kaufman's appearance is outrageously entertaining in its own right, it's almost more fun to watch Lange and the other two bachelors try to understand just what this guy was doing on the show. Olympia and a business student at UCLA when he appeared on "The Dating Game" in 1973.
For instance, after choosing their date, contestants on "Love Connection(1983-99)" and "Studs(1991-93)" would return to the program to relay the details of what did happen on their date.From a pre-fame Steve Martin to young Michael Jackson, a host of celebrity guests stopped by during its heyday.Alas, many of the show tapes were erased (as was the standard in the day) but some of the hilarity has been preserved via some killer You Tube clips. This show has screened all over the world's most watched TV channels till 2000s.In early 1990s' under the title "Saklambaç", it was also introduced in Turkey, as well; thanks to the unforgettable episodes with the host Nurseli Idiz.
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