Adam Rich (born October 12, 1968) is an American actor noted for his role as 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 bowl 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."
Growing up as a child actor, Rich lived in Granada Hills, California with his parents and younger brother. He was active in sports, including baseball, football, bicycle riding, skateboarding, and swimming. He also had an interest in drawing. At age 14, he tried smoking marijuana, and at 17, in 1986, he dropped out of high school. He almost died of a Valium overdose in 1989. In 1991 he was arrested and charged with attempted burglary of a pharmacy.
He currently occasionally makes personal appearances and is marketing script ideas for TV shows and films.
Rich made guest appearances on television series including The Love Boat, CHiPS, Fantasy Island, The Six Million Dollar Man, St. 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 the following:
- The Six Million Dollar Man (TV series 1976)
- The City (TV movie 1977)
- Tukiki and His Search for a Merry Christmas (TV movie 1979)
- The Love Boat (TV series 1979)
- 3-2-1 Contact (TV series 1980)
- The Devil and Max Devlin (1981)
- Eight Is Enough (TV series 1977-1981)
- CBS Children's Mystery Theatre (TV series 1982)
- Code Red (TV series 1981-1982)
- Fantasy Island (TV series 1978-1982)
- CHiPs (TV series 1982)
- Gun Shy (TV series 1983)
- Dungeons & Dragons (TV series 1983-1985)
- George Carlin: Playing with Your Head 1986
- St. Elsewhere (TV series 1986)
- Silver Spoons (TV series 1986)
- Eight Is Enough: A Family Reunion (TV movie 1987)
- Small Wonder (TV series 1986-1988)
- An Eight Is Enough Wedding (TV movie 1989)
- Baywatch (TV series 1993)
- "Meet Adam Rich of Eight Is Enough". Daily Record. Ellensburg, Washington. United Press International. September 23, 1978. Retrieved June 23, 2012.
- ""Eight Is Enough" cast: Where are they now, 30 years later?". Fox News. January 15, 2013. Retrieved May 4, 2013. FOXNews.com, Jan 15, 2013. Quote: "Playing the youngest of the Bradford clan, Adam Rich was America's little brother. In the late '70s and early '80s, thousands of boys sported a Nicholas-style haircut."
- "Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow". National Enquirer. New York: American Media, Inc. 88 (19): 43. May 13, 2013. ISSN 1056-3482.
- Eggers, Dave (April 26, 2000). "Diary of a Media Hoax: The Death of Adam Rich". AlterNet. Retrieved February 28, 2012.
- Gliatto, Tom (August 26, 1991). "The Heartbreak Kid". People. Retrieved February 28, 2012.
former Eight Is Enough child star Adam Rich, now 22 ... won the part of Nicholas when he was 9
- Brand, Sam (March 1, 2010). "Adam Rich Skips 'Eight Is Enough' TV Reunion". PopEater.com. Retrieved February 28, 2012.
Rich was 9 years old when 'Eight Is Enough's' first of five seasons premiered