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.

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