Adam Rich, a Child Actor Star From Eight is Enough, Dies at Age 54

Adam Rich, a Child Actor Star From “Eight is Enough,” Dies at Age 54

Adam Rich, a Child Actor Star From “Eight is Enough,” Dies at Age 54: Adam Rich, a former child actor who played the title role in the popular TV show “Eight Is Enough,” passed away on Saturday at his Los Angeles home. He was 54. The death was verified by Mr. Rich’s spokesperson, Danny Deraney. The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner did not right away name a cause on its website.

“Kind, generous, and a warrior in the fight against mental illness,” was how Mr. Deraney described Mr. Rich. He was selfless and often put others before himself. Because of this, a lot of people who grew up with him today feel as though a piece of their youth has been lost, Mr. Deraney continued. He truly was Little Brother for America.

In the popular ABC television series “Eight Is Enough,” which ran for five seasons from 1977 to 1981 and was about an eight-child household, Mr. Rich played the title role. He portrayed Nicholas Bradford, the youngest son, who had a shiny pageboy hairstyle and was well-known.

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The Sacramento-based program, which was based on a memoir by Tom Braden, dealt with family turmoil such as parent loss, remarriage, and sibling rivalry. According to his IMDb page, Adam Rich was born on October 12, 1968, in Brooklyn, New York. At Chatsworth High School in the San Fernando Valley of California, he pursued acting studies.

According to Mr. Deraney, Mr. Rich was not married and had no children. According to IMDb, Mr. Rich started acting as a toddler and made a 1976 appearance in the television program “The Six Million Dollar Man.” In other TV shows like “The Love Boat,” “Fantasy Island,” “CHiPs,” “St. Elsewhere,” and “Silver Spoons,” he made cameo appearances.

He had guest appearances on “Code Red” and “Dungeons and Dragons” in the 1980s. He had previously sought drug misuse treatment. According to The Orlando Sentinel, actor Dick Van Patten, who played Mr. Rich’s father in “Eight Is Enough,” bailed him out of jail after he was arrested in 1991 on suspicion of robbing a California pharmacy.