jim lange dating game phil hartman bob saget Jim Lange dies; Celebrate 'Dating Game' host's life with these celebrity clipsLong before roses were being handed out on “The Bachelorette,” ABC brought us “The Dating Game,” where a cute bachelor or bachelorette would interview three eligible suitors without being able to see them and then pick one to go on a date.

Jim Lange was the original host of the show, appearing from 1965 to 1980. He passed away this week at the age of 81 after suffering a heart attack, his wife Nancy tells the Associated Press. In honor of Mr. Lange, here are some of the famous faces who appeared on “The Dating Game.”

Some were on because they were famous, like a young Sally Field, who was starring on “Gidget” in 1966. But the funniest ones are the pre-fame celebrities, like Farrah Fawcett, Bob Saget, John Ritter and Phil Hartman. Enjoy!

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TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."