Adam Rich, Former ‘Eight Is Enough’ Child Star, Dies At 54

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Adam Rich, the kid actor with a pageboy mop-top who charmed TV audiences within the late Nineteen Seventies as “America’s little brother” on “Eight is Enough,” has died. He was 54.

Rich died Saturday within the Brentwood part of Los Angeles, mentioned Lt. Aimee Earl of the Los Angeles County Medical-Examiner Coroner’s workplace. The reason for dying was underneath investigation however was not thought of to be suspicious.

Rich had a restricted appearing profession after taking part in Nicholas Bradford, the youngest of eight kids, on the ABC hit dramedy that ran from from 1977 to 1981.

He had a number of run-ins with police associated to medicine and alcohol — and sought therapy on the Betty Ford Middle in Rancho Mirage.

Rich suffered from a sort of despair that defied therapy and he had tried to erase the stigma of speaking about psychological sickness, mentioned publicist Danny Deraney. He unsuccessfully tried experimental cures over time and had remained sober.

Deraney mentioned he and others near Rich had been frightened in current weeks once they couldn’t attain him.

“He was just a very kind, generous, loving soul,” Deraney advised The Related Press. “Being a famous actor is not necessarily what he wanted to be … He had no ego, not an ounce of it.”

Former “Eight is Enough” youngster actor Adam Rich seems in a Van Nuys, Calif., court docket on Aug. 20, 1991. Rich, the kid actor with a pageboy mop prime who charmed TV audiences within the Nineteen Seventies as “America’s little brother” on “Eight is Enough,” died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023, within the Brentwood part of Los Angeles. He was 54. The reason for dying was underneath investigation however was not thought of suspicious. (AP Photograph/Nick Ut, File)

Rich steadily mentioned his situation on Twitter and famous in October that he’d been sober for seven years. He mentioned he wasn’t good — referring to arrests, many stints in rehab, a number of overdoses and “countless detoxes (and) relapses” — and urged his almost 19,000 followers to by no means surrender.

“Human beings weren’t built to endure mental illness,” Rich had tweeted in September. “The mere fact that some people consider those to be weak, or have a lack of will is totally laughable … because it’s the total opposite! It’s takes a very, very strong person … a warrior if you will … to battle such illnesses.”

Rich additionally tweeted an image of himself from his heyday with one-time youngster star Mickey Rooney.

“Everyone used to say to me, ‘You are the modern day Mickey Rooney,’” he tweeted. “But when Mickey Rooney told me that himself, it meant a helluva a lot more to me!”

Rich turned often called the little brother to a era of TV viewers because the youngest youngster to a syndicated newspaper columnist performed by Dick Van Patten, who has to lift eight kids alone after the dying of his spouse within the first season of the present.

Rich starred within the sequence “Code Red” from 1981-82 and voiced the character of Presto the Magician on “Dungeons and Dragons” from 1983-85. He additionally reprised his most well-known function in two “Eight is Enough” TV film reunions.

However the steadiness of his appearing profession was in single-episode appearances on among the hottest TV reveals of the time: “The Love Boat,” “The Six Million Dollar Man,” “Silver Spoons,” and “Baywatch.”