Celebrities Who Did 'Dating Game' Before They Were Famous

By | March 11, 2019

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Maureen McCormick on 'The Dating Game' on March 27, 1973. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)

Long before The Bachelor, people who turned to television when looking for love did so on The Dating Game. And celebrities and celebrities-to-be -- well, they're people too. Back in the 1960s and 1970s, much like today, the contestants on TV’s dating reality shows were looking for more than just love…they were looking for stardom. Sometimes, appearing on a game show served as a kick start to an acting career and celebrity. The Dating Game, which ran from 1965 to 1973, then started again in 1978, was an ideal vehicle for stars in the making. Here are just some of the numerous future celebrities on The Dating Game back in the groovy era. 

Now, some celebrities on The Dating Game were already celebrities, doing the show for a bit of publicity -- like Maureen McCormick, who appeared on the show in 1973, just days after The Brady Bunch had aired the finale of its fourth season. That's right -- bachelors number 1, 2, and 3 answered questions for the privilege of stepping out on the town with Marcia Brady, America's favorite TV California blonde.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Arnold Schwarzenegger as he looked on The Dating Game in 1973. Source: (IMDb.com)

Long before he was the Terminator and the governor of California, beefy Mr. Universe Arnold Schwarzenegger was a contestant on The Dating Game. He had only one movie to his credit—Hercules in New York—when he appeared on the show in 1973.