Though Lange had a successful career in radio, he is best known for his television role on ABC's "The Dating Game," which debuted in 1965 and on which he appeared for more than a decade, playing host to many celebrity guests.Michael Jackson, Steve Martin and Arnold Schwarzenegger, among others, appeared as contestants.
The program, originally created by Nick Nicholson and E. Muir) and produced by Chuck Barris, has appeared in many different versions since its 1966 debut.
" Geoff Edwards was the MC as a gang of players competed on one crowded stage.
,000 was the possible final prize - big money for a game show, even now.
The questions were designed by the show's writers to elicit sexy answers."I've never been out on a date before. " a teenage Michael Jackson asked one of his potential dates on a 1972 episode of the show."Well, we'd have fun," the girl answered.
"We'd go out to dinner, and then I'd go over to your house."Lange was born on Aug. Paul, Minn., where as a young man he discovered a passion for local radio.