Adam Rich (Actor) - Eight Is Enough
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Updated: 1/09/23

Name: Adam Rich

Birth Name: Adam Rich

Born: October 12, 1968 in Brooklyn, New York, USA Died: January 7, 2023 (age 54) in California, USA

Nickname: AR

Claim To Fame: Adam Rich was an American actor best known for his portrayal of Nicholas Bradford, the youngest son on the television series Eight Is Enough, which ran for five seasons (1977-1981).

Family Life: N/A

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Info: The son of Francine and Rob Rich.

Comes from a Jewish family.

Had a younger brother.

Studied acting at Chatsworth High School with former drama teacher Bob Carelli.

He was active in sports, including baseball, football, bicycle riding, skateboarding, and swimming. He also had an interest in drawing.

In 1986, he dropped out of high school at age 17.

In 1989, he almost died of a Valium overdose.

In 1991, he was arrested and charged with attempted burglary of a pharmacy, and was bailed out by his TV dad, Dick Van Patten.

In 1996, there was a media hoax that Rich had been murdered; the story was published in the San Francisco-based magazine Might, with Rich's consent.

In 2002, Rich was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI). He was in drug rehabilitation at least three times during his life.

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Trivia: At age eight, Rich won the role of Nicholas Bradford, the youngest son, on the television series Eight Is Enough, which ran for five seasons (1977-1981).

His role on the show led him to be known as "America's little brother."

His distinctive pageboy haircut inspired thousands of parents of that era to imitate the look for their young sons.

He had roles in Irwin Allen's short-lived 1981 TV series Code Red on ABC and the 1983 sitcom Gun Shy on CBS.

Rich made guest appearances on television series including The Love Boat, CHiPs, Fantasy Island, The Six Million Dollar Man, St. Elsewhere, and Baywatch.

Rich appeared in TV commercials for Betty Crocker Snackin' Cake and Nabisco's Wheatsworth crackers.

Was number 73 on VH1's The Greatest: 100 Greatest Kid Stars (2005).

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Where Are They Now: Rich died in his Los Angeles home on January 7, 2023.


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