Adam Rich, the child actor with a pageboy mop-top who charmed TV audiences as “America’s little brother” on Eight Is Enough, has died. He was 54.
Rich died Saturday at his home in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles.
According to Lt. Aimee Earl of the Los Angeles County Medical-Examiner Coroner’s office.
The cause of death was under investigation but was not considered to be suspicious.
Rich was born in Brooklyn but grew up in Granada Hills.
He gained fame for his role as Nicholas Bradford on “Eight is Enough,” which ran from 1977-81.
Rich’s “pageboy’ haircut, which was widely imitated by other children for a while.
Some of those credits include “Fantasy Island,” “CHiPs,” “Small Wonder,” and a voice role on the animated series “Dungeons & Dragons.”
In later years his acting roles decreased and he experienced problems with drug use, including a 1991 arrest for breaking into a pharmacy to steal drugs, and a 2002 DUI arrest.
Rich last posted to Instagram in 2021 to reflect on being included in CNN’s “The History of the Sitcom”,a program that looked at the television shows that played a significant role in American culture.
“I’m grateful for the joy felt while working on 8!…,” Rich wrote. “I do hope it may have brought you some joy as well.”
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