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Adam Rich, ‘Eight Is Enough’ Actor, Dead at 54

Adam Rich, an actor who rose to prominence as a youngster portraying Nicholas Bradford, the youngest Bradford family member, on the television drama “Eight Is Enough,” has passed away.

He was 54 and passed away on Saturday at his home in Los Angeles.

While Rich’s part on “Eight Is Enough” is what made him most famous, he also made appearances on a number of TV series and several TV movies in the late ’70s and ’80s. Fantasy Island, CHiPs, Small Wonder, and a voice part in the animated series “Dungeons & Dragons” are a few of the credits.

Before taking a ten-year hiatus from on-camera work, Rich’s final TV appearance was on an episode of “Baywatch” in 1993.

Later, in the 2003 David Spade comedy “Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star,” he played himself. The same year, he also played Crocodile Dundee in the TV series “Reel Comedy.”

Rich encountered legal issues in 1991 about an alleged burglary. According to a Los Angeles Times article, his “Eight Is Enough” TV dad, actor Dick Van Patten, once covered his bail.

Rich took part in a 1996 hoax claiming that he had passed away and was authored by Dave Eggers, the author of “Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius,” for Might Magazine as part of a satire on celebrity deaths.

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