Sometimes child stars grow up to be grown-up movie and film stars, but not always. One of the cases where this didn’t happen was the little boy Nicholas Bradford from the television show Eight is Enough.
In 1977, Eight is Enough aired on television and the unspoken star of the show was then 8-year-old Adam Rich, who played Nicholas Bradford on the show. The show lasted for five seasons and had a long run on the after-school daytime rerun circuit for many years. Rich was dubbed “America’s Little Brother”.
After the show, Rich went on to play roles in other popular 70s and 80s television shows, making cameos in Chips, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, and more.
Then things went south for Rich. He ended up dropping out of high school and getting hooked on drugs. In 1989, he reportedly almost died of an overdose while taking the popular 80s drug, Valium. In 1991, Rich was arrested for attempted burglary at a pharmacy.
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