Radames Pera

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Radames Pera
Melissa Sue Anderson Radames Pera Little House on the Prairie 1976.JPG
Pera as John Edwards with Melissa Sue Anderson in Little House on the Prairie, 1976.
Born (1960-09-14) September 14, 1960 (age 53)
New York, New York
Occupation Actor
Years active 1972 - Present

Radames Perá (born 14 September 1960) is an American actor best known for his role as "Grasshopper" the student Kwai Chang Caine in the 1972-1975 television series Kung Fu. He is the only living regular cast member from the show (with due respect to the very alive James Hong who appeared in several episodes as different characters.)

Early life and acting career[edit]

Pera was born in New York, New York.

Appeared as "Grasshopper" (the student Caine in Kung Fu, appearing throughout its 4-year run on the ABC Television Network, and in worldwide re-runs.[1]

Radames also had a recurring role on Little House on the Prairie as John, Jr., eldest adopted son of Mr. Edwards and became Mary Ingalls' love interest, during the show's first 3 seasons.[1]

At age eight, Radames was asked by director Daniel Mann to play the role of Anthony Quinn and Irene Papas' dying son in the film A Dream of Kings (1969). Radames met the Director at a dinner party and was eventually cast in the role of Stavros.[1]


Pera's other acting roles include a disturbed pre-teen in an episode of Night Gallery, Silent Snow, Secret Snow narrated by Orson Welles, guest appearances on The Six Million Dollar Man, as Don Ameche's son in Gidget Gets Married. Between 1969 and 1985 other guest-starring credits include two episodes of Lassie and Marcus Welby, M.D., and single episodes of Family Affair, Hawaii Five-O, and The Waltons among many others.


Radames dropped out of the acting business entirely in the mid 1980s. [1] His final television appearances were in episodes of Mickey Spillane's The New Mike Hammer and Starman. His last film role was as Sgt. Stepan Gorsky in John Milius' 1984 feature Red Dawn.

1985 - present[edit]

Pera developed other interests in video and electronics and eventually formed his own company, All Systems Go! in L.A.[1] in 1988, designing and installing home theaters and residential sound systems.[2] He now specializes in eliminating remote control clutter and other AV and WiFi solutions at his San Diego based company.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Pilato, Herbie J (1993). The Kung Fu Book of Caine: The Complete Guide to TV's First Mystical Eastern Western. Charles A. Tuttle. ISBN 0-8048-1826-6. 
  2. ^ Jackson, Nancy M. (2007). "Making a Move". My Business Magazine. Retrieved 27 December 2012. 
  3. ^ CEPro Magazine |title=How Do Soundbar Soundfields Stack Up? |date=October 2013 |author=Sylvester, Scott |publisher=E.H. Publishing, Inc.

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