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He is the youngest son of actor Dick Van Patten and his wife, Pat, nee Poole, a former June Taylor dancer. Vince was first thrust into the spotlight at age nine at the behest of his father's agent. A commercial for Colgate toothpaste was followed by more than thirty additional commercials before Dick landed a role in the TV series, Arnie, and moved his family from Long Island to Los Angeles. There, Vince's career as a child actor blossomed. Through the 1970s he guest-starred in over three dozen classic television series including Bonanza, High Chaparral, Medical Center, Adam 12, The Courtship of Eddie's Father and a variety of television movies. At age 16 he landed a regular job in Apple's Way, a CBS series in which he played the son of an architect who leaves the big city to raise his family in small-town Appleton, Iowa. Three years later Vince co-starred in The Bionic Boy, a two-hour ABC spinoff of the hugely popular Lee Majors vehicle, The Six Million Dollar Man. In 1978 he appeared in the cult classic, Rock 'n' Roll High School. [+]