The 1980's drama Eight is Enough reunited some of its cast during Today but Adam Rich, the youngest actor who played #8 Nicholas, was nowhere to be seen. Cast members Dick Van Patten, Betty Buckley, Grant Goodeve, Laurie Walters, Connie Needham (formerly Newton) and Willie Aames were in studio, while Dianne Kay was on live remote from Los Angeles.
However, three main cast members were missing: Rich, Lani O’Grady and Susan Richardson. O'Grady had died of a drug overdose in the 90s and Rich has had numerous legal problems, including a 1991 breaking-and-entering arrest where he was bailed out by Van Patten and a 2003 DUI arrest. In a letter to the group, Rich said that he wanted them to “know that I am there in spirit.”
However — even though news organizations made a huge deal about Rich’s missing status — no one made mention of Susan Richardson. Richardson apparently had a patch of really bad luck that ruined her career. Soon affter the show went off the air, Richardson was supposedly kidnapped by Korean filmmakers but never proved that that actually happened--this basically ended her Hollywood career. She is working in Pennsylvania at the time and little is known about her situation.
Is this fun, looking back and seeing how the actors have aged and wondering if they are sad about the fact that they no longer have careers? Certainly Willie Aames has been up front about his issues, dealing with them on reality shows like CELEBRITY FIT CLUB. Would it be worth it to get the cast together again to make a TV movie instead of doing a quick and polite interview with the TODAY show?