The stagehand, who stole the spotlight as Gene Gene the Dancing MAChine on the cult U.S. TV show, passed away in Pasadena, California.

Patton famously shuffled onto the studio stage throughout the show, whenever he was introduced by host and producer Chuck Barris.

He also appeared in The Gong Show Movie and as himself in the film adaptation of Barris' memoir, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, which starred Sam Rockwell as Barris.

Patton, a former high school janitor, battled diabetes and lost both his legs to the disease.