Actor Adam Rich, aka Nicholas Bradford of “Eight Is Enough” Fame, dead at 54

Adam Rich, star of Eight Is Enough, 1977. By American Broadcasting Company, Public Domain, https


Adam Rich (October 12, 1968 – January 7, 2023) was an American actor. He was best known for his portrayal of 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 pageboy haircut, which inspired thousands of parents of that era to imitate the look for their young sons. His role on the show led him to be known as “America’s little brother.”

Rich died in his Los Angeles home on January 7, 2023, at the age of 54. The cause of death was not disclosed. 


Rich won the role of Nicholas at the age of eight. 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.

Rich made guest appearances on television series including The Love BoatCHiPsFantasy IslandThe Six Million Dollar ManSt. 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 TV commercials for Betty Crocker Snackin’ Cake and Nabisco‘s Wheatsworth crackers.

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