In “Eight Is Enough,” Adam portrayed Nicholas Bradford the youngest son. The show aired from 1977 to 1981.
In 1981, he appeared in “Code Red,” and in 1983, he appeared in “Dungeons & Dragons.”
Adam was ranked 73 on VH1’s list of the top 100 kid stars.
He left the entertainment industry in the 1980s, claiming that he did not enjoy the glare of the spotlight or, for that matter, anything associated with fame.
At Chatsworth High School in the San Fernando Valley, Adam started acting. His theater teacher also taught Kevin Spacey and Val Kilmer, among other well-known performers.
Sadly, Adam struggled with substance misuse, and in 1991 he was arrested after breaking a pharmacy window to get drugs. Dick Van Patten, his television father on “Eight Is Enough,” came to his rescue. He also faced other legal problems.
“Life is for living, and I live my life to the utmost every day” is Adam’s motto.
RIP Adam, who was 54.
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