Adam Rich, who was a child star of ABC’s “Eight Is Enough,” died at the age 54.
According to Lt. Aimee Ear of the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner Coroner’s Office, Rich died Saturday in Brentwood. Although the cause of death is under investigation, it was not considered suspicious.
Deraney tweeted, “He was kind and generous and a fighter in the fight against mental illnesses.” “Adam didn’t have an ounce ego. He was selfless and looked out for the people he loved. Many people who grew-up with him regret it.
Adam was born in 1968 and has lived in Los Angeles for most of his adult life. Adam’s career began when he started learning from Chatsworth High School’s drama teacher, Val Kilmer, who was also a Top Gun alum.
The comedy Dickie Roberts: An Ex-Child Star was one of his last credits. He played himself in it.
Adam was also suspected of substance abuse. He was arrested in 1991 after he broke into a pharmacy window to steal drugs. TV Line reported that Adam was also charged with drug abuse.
After the arrest, Dick Van Patten, the actor who played the role as his father Tom Bradford in Eight Is Enough had bailed him out.
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Rich, a well-known actor for his pageboy hairstyle and wide smile, was the youngest son of Nicholas Bradford, who starred on “Eight Is Enough” between 1977 and 1981. Dick Van Patten was the show’s main character. He played the role of a newspaper columnist (inspired by Tom Braden’s 2009 death) and father to eight children.
Rich was also an actor in “Code Red,” the “Dungeons and Dragons” series, “Baywatch”, and many other shows. The actor appeared in a short scene in David Spade’s 2003 movie, “Dickie Roberts: Former Children Star.”