Adam Rich, child actor who starred in ‘Eight Is Enough,’ dies at 54 – Rolling Stone

Adam Rich, the child actor who starred in the late 70s series eight is enoughdied at the age of 54.

Rich’s rep, Danny Deraney, confirmed his client’s death on social media on Saturday. An official cause of death is pending a scheduled autopsy, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office told NBC News.

“Adam was just a wonderful guy,” Deraney tweeted. “He was kind, generous and a warrior in the fight against mental illness. Adam didn’t have a shred of ego. He was selfless and always watched over those he loved, which is why many people who grew up with him feel like a part of their childhood is gone and they are sad today. He was truly America’s little brother.

Rich was best known for playing haired pageboy Nicholas Bradford on the series starring Dick Van Patten eight is enough; Rich – with only a few acting credits under his belt – was just eight years old when he was cast as the youngest of Bradford’s eight siblings, a role that earned him the nickname “Bradford’s Little Brother”. America”.

Next eight is enoughof five seasons, Rich continued to find acting work as a teenager with one-off appearances as Fries, The ship of love and silver spoonsas well as a pair of glasses from the late 80s eight is enough reunion specials.

However, Rich’s later career never matched his success on the show, and he faced the same personal issues that plagued many child actors of the time: Rich struggled with substance issues—he nearly dying of a Valium overdose in 1989 — and run-ins with the law, including an arrest for breaking into a pharmacy in 1991.

After essentially retiring from acting in 1993 following an appearance on BaywatchRich occasionally resurfaces in ways that touch on his status as a child actor: he and others like him appeared as themselves in the comedy David Space Dickie Roberts: former child starand Rich also willingly participated in his own death hoax in 1993 for a play written by Dave Eggers in Might magazine.


In recent years, however, Rich has used his social media platform to advocate for mental health and embrace the legacy of his former show.

“I’m grateful for the joy felt working on ‘Eight’!…” Rich said in a video interview he posted on Instagram in 2021. “I hope it brought you joy too.”

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