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Eddie Applegate, a Sweetheart on The Patty Duke Show, Dies at 81


Eddie Applegate, an actor best known for playing Patty Lane's steadfast high school sweetheart on the 1960s sitcom The Patty Duke Show, died on Monday in Los Angeles. He was 81.

His death was confirmed by his son Michael, who said Mr. Applegate had been living in a care facility after a stroke in 2013.

Mr. Applegate was the third cast member from the show to die this year. Ms. Duke died in March, and William Schallert, who played her father, died in May.

On the show, which ran on ABC from 1963 to 1966, Ms. Duke played identical cousins, Cathy Lane, a proper young woman from Scotland, and Patty Lane, a perky, fun-loving teenager from Brooklyn Heights.

Mr. Applegate played Richard Harrison, Patty's hapless but devoted boyfriend, on 88 episodes. (In real life he was 11 years older than Ms. Duke.) In one episode Patty juggled simultaneous dates with Richard and her cousin's beau, and in another her father became convinced that Richard and his daughter planned to elope.

ABC reunited the cast for the 1999 television movie The Patty Duke Show: Still Rockin in Brooklyn Heights, in which Patty and Richard had married, raised a son and divorced.

Television standards had changed by then. Mr. Applegate told USA Today that until filming Still Rockin in Brooklyn Heights he had never kissed Ms. Duke on camera.

Edward Robert Applegate was born on Oct. 4, 1935, in Wyncote, Pa. He performed at the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, Pa., while he was growing up. After high school he moved to New York City, where he acted in commercials and on television shows.

The producers of The Patty Duke Show cast him as Richard after seeing him in a touring production of Bye Bye Birdie.

He also appeared on TV series like The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Daktari and Gunsmoke, and in films like A Ticklish Affair (1963) and Easy A (2010). He also worked as a talent agent.

Mr. Applegate married Tanya Maniatty in 1967; they divorced in 1986. They had two sons, Michael and John, and a daughter, Heather Lasko, all of whom survive. He is also survived by a sister, Judy Applegate; and six grandchildren.
Date: Thu October 20, 2016 Filesize: 33.4kb, 411.5kb Dimensions: 1200 x 628
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