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Adam Rich, 1977

Adam Rich (born October 12, 1968)[1] is an American actor noted for his role as Nicholas Bradford, the youngest son on the television series Eight Is Enough, which ran for five seasons (1977–1981). A distinctive feature of his appearance during his years as a child actor was his bowl haircut, which inspired thousands of parents of that era to imitate the look for their young sons.[2] His role on the show led him to be known as "America's little brother."[2]

Personal life

Growing up as a child actor, Rich lived in Granada Hills, California with his parents and younger brother. He was active in sports, including baseball, football, bicycle riding, skateboarding, and swimming. He also had an interest in drawing. At age 14, he tried smoking marijuana, and at 17, in 1986, he dropped out of high school.[3] He almost died of a Valium overdose in 1989. In 1991 he was arrested and charged with attempted burglary of a pharmacy.[3]

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.[3][4]

In 2002, he was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI).[3] He has been in drug rehabilitation at least three times.[3]

He currently occasionally makes personal appearances and is marketing script ideas for TV shows and films.[3]


Rich won the role of Nicholas at the age of eight.[5][6] After Eight Is Enough, he had roles in Irwin Allen's short-lived 1981 TV series Code Red on ABC and the 1983 sitcom Gun Shy on CBS.[5]

Rich made guest appearances on television series including The Love Boat, CHiPS, Fantasy Island, The Six Million Dollar Man, St. Elsewhere, and Baywatch. He also did voice work on the cartoon series Dungeons & Dragons, along with Eight Is Enough co-star Willie Aames.


Rich appeared in the following:


  1. ^ "Meet Adam Rich of Eight Is Enough". Daily Record. Ellensburg, Washington. United Press International. September 23, 1978. Retrieved June 23, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b ""Eight Is Enough" cast: Where are they now, 30 years later?". Fox News. January 15, 2013. Retrieved May 4, 2013., Jan 15, 2013. Quote: "Playing the youngest of the Bradford clan, Adam Rich was America's little brother. In the late '70s and early '80s, thousands of boys sported a Nicholas-style haircut."
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow". National Enquirer. New York: American Media, Inc. 88 (19): 43. May 13, 2013. ISSN 1056-3482. 
  4. ^ Eggers, Dave (April 26, 2000). "Diary of a Media Hoax: The Death of Adam Rich". AlterNet. Retrieved February 28, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Gliatto, Tom (August 26, 1991). "The Heartbreak Kid". People. Retrieved February 28, 2012. former Eight Is Enough child star Adam Rich, now 22 ... won the part of Nicholas when he was 9 
  6. ^ Brand, Sam (March 1, 2010). "Adam Rich Skips 'Eight Is Enough' TV Reunion". Retrieved February 28, 2012. Rich was 9 years old when 'Eight Is Enough's' first of five seasons premiered