Adam rich, former 'Eight Is enough' youngster star, dies at fifty 4 : NPR


One-time youngster actor Adam rich, who starred inside the Seventies tv current Eight is enough,” walks out of a sheriff’s station after posting bail in metropolis of commerce, Calif., in 2002.

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One-time youngster actor Adam rich, who starred inside the Seventies tv current Eight is enough,” walks out of a sheriff’s station after posting bail in metropolis of commerce, Calif., in 2002.

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l. a. — Adam rich, the kid actor with a pageboy mop-extreme who charmed tv audiences as “America’s little brother” on Eight Is enough, has died. He was fifty 4.

rich died Saturday at his residence inside the Brentwood part of l. a., mentioned Lt. Aimee Earl of the la County Medical-Examiner Coroner’s office. the rationale for demise was beneath investigation however was not thought-about to be suspicious.

rich had a restricted performing profession after starring at age eight as Nicholas Bradford, the youngest of eight youngsters, on the ABC hit dramedy that ran from from 1977 to 1981.

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

rich suffered from a form of despair that defied remedy and he had tried to erase the stigma of talking about psychological sickness, mentioned publicist Danny Deraney. He unsuccessfully tried experimental cures by means of the years.

Deraney mentioned he and others shut to rich have been apprehensive in latest weeks after they may not attain him.


Former Eight Is enough youngster actor Adam rich seems in a Van Nuys, Calif., courtroom on Aug. 20, 1991.

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Former Eight Is enough youngster actor Adam rich seems in a Van Nuys, Calif., courtroom on Aug. 20, 1991.

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“He was solely a very form, beneficiant, loving soul,” Deraney advised The associated Press. “Being a well-known actor isn’t basically what he needed to be. … He had no ego, not an oz of it.”

rich talked about his psychological well being on Twitter and famous in October that he’d been sober for seven years. He mentioned he wasn’t glorious — referring to arrests, many stints in rehab, a quantity of overdoses and “numerous detoxes (and) relapses” — and urged his virtually 19,000 followers to by no means hand over.

“Human beings weren’t constructed to endure psychological sickness,” rich tweeted in September. “The mere simple fact that some people take into account these to be weak, or have a scarcity of will is completely laughable … as a end result of it is the general reverse! it is takes a very, very sturdy particular person … a warrior in case you will … to battle such sicknesses.”

rich posted an picture of himself from his heyday with one-time youngster star Mickey Rooney.

“all people used to say to me, ‘you are the trendy day Mickey Rooney,'” he tweeted. “however when Mickey Rooney advised me that himself, it meant a helluva a lot extra to me!”

virtually 27 years in the past, rich participated in a hoax that may journal revealed with regard to the actor getting killed in a theft outdoors a l. a. nightclub in 1996. The article inside the little-recognized journal was meant as a satire of America’s superstar obsession however fizzled when the spoof was revealed.

“i really feel we have been barely too delicate. people weren’t getting the joke,” rich later advised the Chicago Tribune. “I even have not bought to be lifeless.”

rich was the little brother to a know-how of tv viewers as a end result of the mop-extreme son of a newspaper columnist performed by Dick Van Patten, who has to increase eight youngsters alone after his spouse inside the current — and the actress who performed her — died all by means of filming of the primary season.

rich starred inside the collection Code crimson from 1981-eighty two and voiced the character of Presto the Magician on Dungeons & Dragons from 1983-eighty five, in line with IMDB.com. He reprised his most interesting-recognized position in two Eight Is enough tv film reunions.

nonetheless the steadiness of his performing profession was in single-episode appearances on a pair of of the most in mannequin tv reveals of the time: The Love Boat, The Six Million greenback Man, Silver Spoons, and Baywatch. His most latest credit rating listed on IMDB was taking half in Crocodile Dundee on Reel Comedy in 2003.

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