Adam Rich, who used to be a child actor and was in the hit TV show “Eight Is Enough,” died at his home in Los Angeles on Saturday. He was 54.
Danny Deraney, Mr. Rich’s publicist, said that he knew Mr. Rich had died. The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-website coroners did not have a cause of death immediately.
Mr. Deraney said that Mr. Rich was “kind, generous, and a warrior in the fight against mental illness.“
“He didn’t care about himself and always took care of the people he cared about. “That’s why many of the people who grew up with him feel sad today because a part of their childhood is gone,” Mr. Deraney said. “He was America’s Little Brother in real life.”
From 1977 to 1981, Mr. Rich was the star of the hit TV show “Eight Is Enough,” which was about a family with eight children and aired on ABC. He played the youngest son, Nicholas Bradford, known for having a pageboy cut. The show took place in Sacramento and was based on a memoir by Tom Braden. It was about family dramas like a parent’s death, remarriage, and fights between siblings.
According to his IMDb page, Adam Rich was born in Brooklyn, New York on October 12, 1968. He went to Chatsworth High School in the San Fernando Valley of California to study acting.
Mr. Deraney said that Mr. Rich wasn’t married and had no kids.
IMDb says that Mr. Rich started acting when he was a child and that he was on the TV show “The Six Million Dollar Man” in 1976. He was also in other TV shows, like “The Love Boat,” “Fantasy Island,” “CHiPs,” “St. Elsewhere,” and “Silver Spoons.”
He was on TV shows like “Code Red” and “Dungeons and Dragons” in the 1980s.
He had tried to get help for his drug use in the past. In 1991, he was suspected of breaking into a California pharmacy. Dick Van Patten, who played Mr. Rich’s father in the movie “Eight Is Enough,” paid his bail, according to The Orlando Sentinel.
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