Dick Van Patten harbors deep love for his wife and sons, animals, tennis, gambling, acting, and hiking in Palm Springs
“Have you ever swum in the Salton Sea?” Dick Van Patten asks while sitting on the veranda at Melvyn’s Ingleside Inn. He has, he reports — about a year ago. “It was exciting!” His eyes light up. Then he thinks of a Palm Springs destination and pastime he likes even better.