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.
These guests were either huge stars before their appearance or after their appearance.
And one made news for reasons having nothing to do with show business.
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Michael Jackson was a guest on "The Dating Game" in 1972 when he was a member of the Jackson 5 and his biggest hit was "Rockin' Robin." Jackson's date, La Tonya Simmons, won tickets to a Jackson 5 concert in New York City. But at least in 1972, they wouldn't be hounded by the press.
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.
PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TVArnold Schwarzenegger was a bodybuilding celebrity, Mr. He's starred in "Hercules in New York," but "Pumping Iron," "The Terminator" and the governorship of California was in his future.Incidentally, Schwarzenegger was in a relationship with English teacher Barbara Outland Baker at the time he appeared on this show.Their relationship lasted from 1969 until 1974, according to the memoir she published years later.In 1967, "The Dating Game" had a special Father's Day episode featuring Groucho Marx's daughter, Melinda.Groucho himself came on the show and asked questions of the prospective bachelors, as any protective father would.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.