Here's What the 'Eight Is Enough' Cast Looks like 30 Years Later

When 'Eight is Enough' came to the screens, people were not sure what to expect from the series. It involved a husband and wife taking care of their eight children, but as time went on, the series changed many hearts. The series had five seasons in total and ran from 1977 to 1981. The series shocked many fans, and in no time, ABC received thousands of good reviews about the comic series. The home used for the series was known as Chiquita St, close to Lankershim Boulevard, located in Los Angeles. Want to know more details about Enough Is Enough? Sit and enjoy the ride.

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ABOUT EIGHT IS ENOUGH

'Eight is Enough' came to the screens on March 15, 1977, and it surrounds the lives of eight independent children watched over by Father Tom. The comic series follows the lives of these children as they grow up, meet other people, date, and eventually have children of their own. The series ended on May 23, 1981, and it is based on the story of a newspaper columnist known as Thomas Braden who took care of eight beautiful children with his wife, Joan.

William Blinn developed the series, and it started some of the best actors in history. The executive producers of the series were Lee Rich and Philip Capice. From the oldest to the youngest child, the eight children that Father Tom was in charge of are; David, Mary, Joanie, Susan, Nancy, Elizabeth, Tommy, and Nicholas. There are also some intriguing facts that will excite fans of the series.

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DIANE HYLAND DIED

Most people may not believe this because it did not look like it happened, but after the fourth season of the show, Hyland passed away in real life. The amazing actress was very ill after the fourth season, and shortly after, she died. This changed everything about the show, and the producers had to act fast, so they do not lose their audience. They had no choice but to get a replacement for the actress, and it is what she would have wanted.

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MARK HAMMILL SHOULD HAVE BEEN PART OF THE SHOW

Yea, that's right! Mark Hammill was cleared to be on the show, but unfortunately, he got into an accident and reports said that his face was bashed up. The show went on without him, but Hammill said that the only thing that happened to his face after the incident was a broken nose. We have no idea why he was not on the show since his nose was the only thing bashed up, but there you have it guys.

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BASED ON A TRUE LIFE STORY

Several movies are usually from an event that happened in real life, but no one knows this about 'Eight Is Enough,' which was based on the story of Thomas Braden. The show centered around his life and that of his spouse and children and how they went through life, took risks, hand good time, and bad times. Fans had no idea that 'EIE' was based on a true story. This is why the ABC got several positive reviews on the five seasons.

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DICK VAN PATTEN DID NOT KNOW ABOUT CANCELLATION

People often say that whatever has a beginning must have an end, but it is difficult to say that about 'Eight Is Eight' because it was canceled unexpectedly. The worst thing is that some people did not know about it immediately. For example, Dick Van Pan had to find out about the series' cancellation from the papers, which was disheartening. There may be reasons why ABC decided to cancel the show, but filling people in on this gesture may have been more appropriate.

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AN ACTOR, A SINGER

Movies usually come with theme songs, and it is a plus for a producer whose actor or actress is also a singer. Grant Goodeve, sang the lyrics to the opening theme of the series. He is such a talented singer, and this is one of the things that made him the right pick for the series. At this time, it was unclear to fans what Goodeve did better; singing or acting, because he was a professional at both. 'Eight is Enough' was a family series released in 1977. Its argument was based on the homonymous novel by Thomas Braden and focused on a marriage consisting of columnist Tom Bradford (Dick Van Patten) and his wife Joan (Diana Hayland).

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The series ended in 1981 after five successful seasons on the air filming a total of 112 episodes. Throughout the series, the young Bradford children were growing up between pranks, romances, studies, and jobs. However, the real-life of the actors who played this idyllic family was not as rosy as their roles. Several of the young people who grew up being youth idols on the small screen ended up having very rugged lives.

BETTY BUCKLEY (ABBY BRADFORD) 

Betty Buckley was the one who has fared best in the cast. She won a Tony Award in 1983 for her role in the musical Cats, appeared in Another Woman, by Woody Allen (1988) and served as the wife of Harrison Ford in Frantic, by Roman Polanski (the same year). As a singer, she has recorded 15 albums, many Broadway songs but others with her compositions. In recent dates she has intervened as a guest actress in the series "Oz", "Monk", "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit", "Without a Trace", "Five Brothers", the sequel to "Melrose Place", "The Pacific "," Chicago Code "," Little Liars "and" Getting On ". Between 1972 and 1979 she was married to Peter Flood.

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GRANT GOODEVE (DAVID BRADFORD)

Goodeve became a certified Teen Idol playing the eldest of the Bradford children. Beginning with season 3, Goodeve sang the show's theme song, and girls everywhere swooned. At the end of the series, he could be seen with some regularity in Holidays at sea and even recorded a record. Great drinker since the days he was acting in 'Eight is Enough,' until a severe car accident many years later convinced him to give up alcohol. Once rehabilitated, he converted to Christianity and now presents programs on a local Seattle channel, where he resides.

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DIANNE KAY (NANCY BRADFORD)

Nancy was another favorite of the eager pubescent who followed the series. At the end of it, Dianne Kay, who is now 65 years old, participated in other shootings (the most important one, a Steven Spielberg's 1941 film, in which she played Majorette). Since 1999, she has been dedicated to her family. She firmly believes that family is essential and should come first in every situation, and that is what she has decided to do. She has been involved in some smaller roles in the past, and she was amazing.

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WILLIE AAMES (TOMY BRADFORD)

He became a teen idol and set up a music band taking advantage of his popularity to start a career as a singer, got his biggest hit with the single 'You are the Only One that I Never Need' (1979). For more than 20 years Willie had problems with drugs, but he overcame them thanks to Christianity. Since 2000, he has been a pastor, and between 1996 and 2004 he wrote, directed and starred in the "Bibleman" series, a children's production starring a Christian superhero.

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ADAM RICH (NICHOLAS BRADFORD)

In 1996, there was a rumor that the Bradford youngest member had died; but it was just a joke aired by a San Francisco magazine called 'Might,' in collusion with the actor himself. Between 1983 and 1991, Adam had problems with the law as a result of his drug addiction. However, he managed to get out of this hard pothole and managed to rehabilitate himself. In 1993, he intervened in an episode of "Baywatch" and 2003, and he made a cameo playing himself in the comedy 'Dickie Roberts.'

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CONNIE NEEDHAM (ELIZABETH BRADFORD)

Although she is known for her role in 'Eight is Enough,' at the beginning of her career she played a dancer with sclerosis. She married a decorator who worked at the series, had two daughters, but then divorced. In 2009, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She currently works as a dance teacher. This is surprising because no one thought of her in this way, but that is what life is all about. We can say that she is excelling in her newfound career, and that is all that matters.

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LAURIE WALTERS (JOANIE BRADFORD)

Her last interpretive work was on the TV movie 'Columbo: A Murder in Malibu' (1990). She had an affair with fellow cast Grant Goodeve, which was shocking to several fans. While the couple seemed like they could go through the storms, the relationship ended. However, since 1999, she is married. She has not been on television since 1993. Laurie previously participated in 'Cheers' and 'Highway to Heaven.' Since 1999, she is a well-known environmentalist in Los Angeles, a work that she combines with her career in the theater.

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SUSAN RICHARDSON (SUSAN BRADFORD STOCKWELL)

For some young viewers, Susan was the girl of her dreams. It was discovered for the cinema by George Lucas, who gave him a role in American Graffiti (1973). During the filming of Con eight, she became pregnant, forcing the screenwriters to 'get pregnant' her character. For a while, she had problems with drugs and suffered several nervous disorders that she managed to overcome. Susan subsequently worked as a janitor, but is currently divorced, and lives with few resources in her caravan in Coatesville.

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DICK VAN PATTEN (TOM BRADFORD)

He was the affable head of the family of this series and one of the most experienced actors in the entire cast. After the success of 'Eight is Enough,' he continued collaborating as a guest in numerous series. Dick was passionate about dogs, tennis, and poker. Unfortunately, Van Patten contracted diabetes at an advanced age, which caused him a stroke in 2006, and as a result, he suffered from speech problems and paralysis.

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Since 1954, he was married to actress Pat Van Patten, and they became the parents of three children also actors called Nels, James, and Vincent. Dick Van Patten passed away on June 23, 2015, in California, at 86 years old as a result of complications with his diabetes.

LANI O'GRADY (MARY BRADFORD)

At the end of the 80s he only returned to action in the two telefilms based on the series and in 1990, he intervened for a season in the soap opera 'Days of Our Lives.' In the 90s, she confessed in several interviews of suffering from panic attacks and anxiety episodes since she was 20, so she was given a tranquilizer treatment. Although she recovered, in 1998 she had a relapse and entered the mental institution 'Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.' Unfortunately, O'Grady became addicted to a drug called Ativan and died on September 25, 2001, from an overdose.

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Once the series is over, the best thing that has happened to many of the actors is to return to anonymity: who has not fallen seriously ill has become addicted to anything, and if not, lives in a caravan surrounded by cats. Who is your favorite cast in the series? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. Also, do well to share this article with a friend today.

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