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Vincent Van Patten
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    (October 17, 1957- )
    Born in Bellerose, New York
    Former tennis player and actor
    Highest tennis ranking was #24 (November, 1981)
    Portrayed Paul Apple in 'Apple's Way' (1974-75), Dr. Tom Morella in Baywatch (1996-97) and Christian Page in The Young and the Restless (2000)
    Appeared in the films 'Rock and Roll High School' (1979), 'Yesterday' (1981) and 'Hell Night' (1981)
    Hosts the World Poker Tour (2003- )
    Son of Dick Van Patten
    He began appearing in TV commercials when he was nine.
    He starred in 'The Bionic Boy,' a would-be Six Million Dollar Man spin-off that was not picked up as a series.
    He began playing poker in casinos at age fourteen, wearing a fake beard and mustache. ('I looked like a little freak, but it usually worked.')
    His tennis career was derailed when he developed agoraphobia: '[I] couldn't be in any kind of pressure situation or public place without feeling this anxiety. I'd sweat and get dizzy like I was going to faint.'
    He began dating second wife Eileen Davidson while married to his first wife.
    He received his first on-screen kiss from Farrah Fawcett.
    He was introduced to both tennis and poker by his father.
    He was named the Association of Tennis Professionals' Rookie of the Year (1979).
    He played in the World Series of Poker three times.

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