• Grant Goodeve is an American actor and TV host born in 195•
• He is best known for his portrayal of David Bradford in the comedy family series “Eight is Enough” which aired from 1977 to 198•
• He holds a BA from Ithaca College, an MA in Theology from Northwest University, and studied International Relations, Literature, and Broadcasting.
• His most recent roles in movies have been in the biographical drama “Proud American” in 2008, the thriller “Crimes of the Past” in 2009, and the 2017 Christian drama “The Cast for Christ”.
• As of October 2020, Grant’s net worth is estimated at over $500,000.

Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthJuly 6, 1952
SpouseDebbie Ketchum
FactRecently earned a Masters Degree in Theology (summa cum laude) from Northwest University in Seattle.

Who is Grant Goodeve?

Grant Goodeve was born in Middlebury, Connecticut USA, on 6 July 1952 – his zodiac sign is Cancer and he holds American nationality. He is an actor and a TV host, who is perhaps best known for his portrayal of David Bradford in the comedy family series “Eight is Enough” which starred Dick Van Patten, Lani O’Grady and Connie Needham – the story follows two parents living with their eight highly independent kids. It aired from 1977 to 1981 and won six awards, while it was nominated for eight others including two Primetime Emmys.

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There are rumors circulating the internet claiming that Grant has died, however, the famous actor is still alive and well, and has just recently finished shooting for the  2020 short drama “Low Country”, written and directed by Shea Sizemore.

Early life, family and education

Grant was raised an only child in Middlebury by his father who was a businessman, and his mother who was a lawyer. Motivated by his family, Grant decided at a very early age that he would focus on his education.

He attended a local high school at which he was among the best students, and upon matriculation in 1970, he enrolled at Ithaca College in New York from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1974.

Grant then attended Schiller College in Paris at which he studied International Relations, then Schiller College London at which he studied literature while he also attended University of London’s Birkbeck College. Grant later studied comparative broadcasting at London Polytechnic, and sometime in the 2010s he obtained his Master’s degree in theology from Northwest University, located in Seattle.

Roles in movies

Grant made his debut film appearance in 1976 when cast to play Soldier in the western movie “Law of the Land”, starring Jim Davis and Don Johnson, and which follows a sheriff and his colleagues who are trying to find a serial killer who is killing prostitutes.

The year 1979 saw him appear in both the dramas “A Last Cry for Help” and “Hot Rod”, and in 1984 he was cast to portray Neal Brockmeyer, one of the lead characters in the sports comedy movie “Off Sides” (also known as “Pigs vs. Freaks”), which also starred Eugene Roche and Tony Randall, and is about a football team of hippies playing against the football team of police officers. In 1987, he played David Bradford, one of the lead characters in the comedy drama “Eight is Enough: A Family Reunion”, and a few of his following roles were in the teen comedy “License to Drive” in 1988, the comedy drama “An Eight Is Enough Wedding” in 1989 and the comedy “She’ll Take Romance” in 1990.

The year 1996 saw Grant play Don Moses in the film “Pandora’s Clock” which starred Richard Dean Anderson and Stephen Root, and in 2000, he portrayed Russ in the Christian drama “Something to Sing About”.

Three of his most recent roles in movies have been in the biographical drama “Proud American” in 2008, the thriller “Crimes of the Past” in 2009, and the 2017 Christian drama “The Cast for Christ”.

Roles in TV series

Grant made his debut TV series appearance in 1976, when cast to guest star as Larry in a single episode of the medical series “Emergency!” and in the same year, he played Danny in an episode of the drama series “Gibbsville”.

Grant Goodeve

In 1977 he appeared in a single episode of the religious anthology series “Insight”, and a few of his following roles were in the drama “Fantasy Island” in 1979, the comedy “Aloha Paradise” in 1981, and the thriller anthology series “Darkroom” in 1982. In 1983, Grant began portraying the supporting character Chris Deegan in the prime time soap opera “Dynasty” and in 1984, he guest starred as David Huber in the episode “A Little Knife Music” of the medical drama “Trapper John, M. D.”

In 1990, Grant was cast to play the supporting character Rick Pederson in the Northern comedy drama “Northern Exposure” which starred Rob Morrow, Janine Turner and Barry Corbin, and is about a doctor who has just graduated from college, and is starting to work in a small Alaskan town – the series won 27 awards including two Golden Globes and was nominated for 89 others.

Three of Grant’s more recent roles in TV series have been in seven episodes of the family drama “7th Heaven” in 2002, the documentary “If Walls Could Talk: The History of the Home” in 2004, and the drama “Twin Peaks” in 2017.

Roles in video games

Grant has voiced characters in six video games. He made his debut video game voicing performance in 2005, when he lent his voice to Wolf O’Donnell in the scrolling shooter “Star Fox: Assault”, and in the same year he voiced Harian Wade in the survival horror first-person shooter “F.E.A.R. First Encounter Assault Recon”.

The year 2007 heard him voice The Engineer in the multiplayer first-person shooter “Team Fortress 2”, and in 2009 he voiced Harlan Wade in “F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin”, reprising his role in “F.E.A.R. 3” in 2011. Grant’s latest voicing role in video games has been in 2016, when he lent his voice to Team Fortress 2 Barik in the online Hero shooter game “Paladins”.

Love life and wife

Grant is quite secretive when it comes to his love life but it is widely known that he has been married to his non-celebrity wife Deborah Lynn Ketcham since 20 May 1978. Deborah is a photographer who studied at Ithaca College just as Grant – she gave birth to their three children in the first 10 years of their marriage, and the two today have six grandchildren.

Before meeting Deborah, Grant was in a relationship with Laurie Walters, an American actress who is perhaps best known for her roles in “Eight Is Enough”, “Warlock Moon” and “Columbo” – they dated for less than a year before splitting ways for unknown reasons.

As of October 2020, Grant is married, has three children and six grandchildren.

Hobbies and other interests

Grant’s favorite season is winter, as he is an avid skier who has also competed in several competitions, and he’s also a snowboarder.

He likes to travel, and has been to many US states while he prefers to travel overseas and has visited several European countries, including Italy, France and Spain.

Grant is a lover of animals and a supporter of the People of the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) organization – two of his favorite animals are horses and zebras.

Grant has his own favorite actor and actress, who are Al Pacino and Anne Hathaway, and a few of his favorite movies are “Scarface”, “Taxi Driver” and the trilogy “The Godfather”.

Net worth

Grant’s age is 68. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, his height is 5ft 9ins (1.75m) and he weighs around 150lbs (68kgs).

As of October 2020, his net worth has been estimated at over $500,000.

General Info

Full NameGrant Goodeve
Date Of BirthJuly 6, 1952


SpouseDebbie Ketchum
ChildrenMac Goodeve


MoviesLicense to Drive, Crimes of the Past, Proud American, Off Sides, A Last Cry for Help, House Of The Righteous, Explore the Wildlife Kingdom: The Hidden World of Africa
TV ShowsCapitol, Rituals, Eight Is Enough, Solid Gold Hits

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1Dick Van Patten. was like a second father to Grant.
2Hosted "If Walls Could Talk..." (1998-1999) on HGTV.
3Hosts "Northwest Backroads" (1999-current), a travel show featuring the Pacific NW.
4Got the part of David on Eight is Enough after Mark Hamill who played David in the pilot was injured in a car accident.
5Is an expert skier.
6Has 3 children and 6 grand-children and splits his time between the Atlanta area, Seattle and LA.
7Studied International Relations at Schiller College in Paris, Literature at Schiller College London and University of London's Birkbeck College. Studied Comparative Broadcasting at London Polytechnic. B.A Ithaca College where he studied Drama and Broadcasting.
8Recently earned a Masters Degree in Theology (summa cum laude) from Northwest University in Seattle.
9Sang the theme song for "Eight Is Enough".
10Partner/spokesman for the travel magazine "Around The Pacific Northwest" as well as the travel/recreation/adventure website "aroundthepacificnorthwest.com".
11In 2011, Grant Goodeve became a senior partner in iMergentMedia, Gig Harbor, WA - producer of "In The Pacific Northwest". "In The Pacific Northwest" is an internet-based TV show with a companion print magazine edition.
12Graduate of Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.
13Dated his TV sister Laurie Walters.




Hot Rod1979TV MovieSonny Munn
A Last Cry for Help1979TV MovieJeff Burgess
All the King's Horses1977Jack Benson
Gibbsville1976TV SeriesDanny
Law of the Land1976TV MovieSoldier
Emergency!1976TV SeriesLarry
One Life to Live1968TV SeriesJames Woodward (1985-1986)
The Case for Christ2017post-productionMr. Cook
Twin Peaks2017TV Series post-production
County Line2017post-productionSheriff Preston
Devious Maids2016TV SeriesMan at Peri's Party
House of the Righteous2014ShortSheriff
The Shootout2012ShortFrank
Army Wives2012TV SeriesCOL Tom Levinson
Crimes of the Past2009Agent Kruch
Meet the Spy2009Video shortEngineer (voice)
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin2009Video GameHarlan Wade (voice)
Proud American2008Naval Doctor
Team Fortress 22007Video GameEngineer (voice)
The Orange Box2007Video GameEngineer (voice)
Meet the Engineer2007Video shortEngineer (voice)
F.E.A.R.: First Encounter Assault Recon2005Video GameHarlan Wade / Additional Voices (voice)
Star Fox: Assault2005Video GameWolf O'Donnell (English version, voice)
7th Heaven2002TV SeriesCapt. Jack Smith
Something to Sing About2000TV MovieRuss
Northwest Backroads1999TV SeriesHost
Pandora's Clock1996TV Mini-SeriesDon Moses
Northern Exposure1990-1992TV SeriesRick Pederson
McGee and Me!1992TV SeriesBrad 'Giff' Gifford
She'll Take Romance1990TV MovieDoug
An Eight Is Enough Wedding1989TV MovieDavid Bradford
Mother's Day1989TV Movie
Take Two1988Barry Griffith / Frank Bentley
License to Drive1988Natalie's DMV Examiner
Murder, She Wrote1984-1988TV SeriesBen Skyler / Larry Gaynes / Jack Kowalski
Dynasty1983-1987TV SeriesChris Deegan
Eight Is Enough: A Family Reunion1987TV MovieDavid Bradford
Hotel1986TV SeriesKevin Bromley
Solid Gold Hits1984TV SeriesHost
Finder of Lost Loves1984TV SeriesStuart Scranton
Rituals1984TV SeriesDr. Coleman (1985)
Pigs vs. Freaks1984TV MovieNeal Brockmeyer
Fantasy Island1979-1984TV SeriesHunter Richter / Bill Rawlings
Trapper John, M.D.1984TV SeriesDavid Huber
The Love Boat1978-1983TV SeriesBud / Don Hefner / Steve Pierce / ...
T.J. Hooker1983TV SeriesOfficer Bill Roper
High Powder1982TV MovieSgt. Garvey
Insight1977-1982TV SeriesSanton / Bill Ryan
Capitol1982TV SeriesJordy Clegg #2 (1984)
Darkroom1982TV SeriesSteve Lambert
Eight Is Enough1977-1981TV SeriesDavid Bradford
Aloha Paradise1981TV Series

Music Department

Eight Is Enough1978-1981TV Series singer - 77 episodes


Today2010TV SeriesHimself
America: One Nation2003TV Movie documentaryNarrator
Word Pictures: Proving the Bible Through Archaeology2000Video documentaryHimself / Host
E! True Hollywood Story2000TV Series documentaryHimself
If Walls Could Talk...1998TV SeriesHimself - Host (2004)
Sally Jessy Raphael1991TV SeriesHimself
Super Password1987TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Contestant
The $10,000 Pyramid1978-1985TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Contestant
Solid Gold1984TV SeriesHimself - Co-Host
Marie1981TV SeriesHimself
Battle of the Network Stars VIII1980TV SpecialHimself - ABC Team
The Hollywood Squares1979TV SeriesGuest Appearance
Family Feud1978-1979TV SeriesHimself
All-Star Family Feud Special1978TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Contestant
The Mike Douglas Show1978TV SeriesHimself - Actor

Archive Footage

Team Fortress 2: The INVASION Update2015ShortEngineer
End of the Line2014ShortEngineer (uncredited)
Expiration Date2014/IShortEngineer (uncredited)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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