His wife, Nancy, told The Associated Press the 81-year-old radio and TV personality died Tuesday of a heart attack at his home in Mill Valley.
Though Lange had a long, successful career in radio, he is best known for his nearly 20-year tenure on “The Dating Game,” which debuted in 1965. On the show, men and women asked suggestive questions to three members of the opposite sex, who were hidden from view, and selected one to date based on the answers.
Famous guests included Michael Jackson, Steve Martin, Arnold Schwarzenegger and a pre-“Charlie’s Angels” Farrah Fawcett.
Lange also worked as a disc jockey for decades in Los Angeles and the Bay Area. Upon his retirement from broadcasting in 2005, he was the morning DJ for KABL (960-AM), which used to play classics from the big-band era to the 1970s.
“As much as he’s known for his television work, his real love was radio,” his wife said. “He loved doing local radio, especially before it was computerized.”
Ellen plans friendly oscars
Ellen DeGeneres has some philosophical words about her second stint hosting the Academy Awards on Sunday.
“I can’t expect everybody to, you know, love me and like everything I do,” DeGeneres, 56, told ABC News’ Robin Roberts.
“I just want people to understand me and to get me and know what my intentions are,” she said. “And my intentions are to make people happy and my intentions are to never hurt anybody and my intentions are to have compassion, and to hope I can spread that a little bit every single day.”
DeGeneres says her upcoming appearance at the 86th Oscars ceremony represents a “big difference” from her experiences with her talk show.
“That room is, like, church,” she said of her studio in Burbank. “I mean that, really, every single day that I do my show, it is an energy that is like no other energy. That audience comes to see me and they travel from all over the world to come to a taping. And they wait for a year for tickets.”
Scientists from Farsite, a big data-analysis outfit, predict that “12 Years a Slave” will win the Academy Award for best picture.
Former “American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken has officially filed to run for a Congress seat from North Carolina.
Katy Perry and John Mayer have opted to stay friends despite reportedly pulling the plug on their on-again, off-again two-year romance.
Singer Jake Bugg is 20.
Singer Jason Aldean is 37.
Actress Rae Dawn Chong is 53.
Actor John Turturro is 57.
Actress Bernadette Peters is 66.
Actor Gavin MacLeod is 83. n Architect Frank Gehry is 85.