Out of all the Bradford children, actress Laurie Walters was the oldest even though she played the third eldest Bradford child. Born Laurie Jean Walters Slade, this actress from the Bay Area, is best known for her role as Joannie Bradford in “Eight is Enough.” Remarkably, this was not the actress’s first appearance on TV. She had formerly starred as Susan in the family sitcom, “Happy Days.”
The actress continued to make guest appearances on TV like in the sitcom “Cheers” and the fantasy drama “Highway to Heaven.” She also returned for a reunion with her “Eight is Enough” co-stars for the two feature films, but Walters took a permanent break from acting on TV in 1993. She moved to the stage and directed a few productions.
Jennifer Darling – Donna
Before this actress was acting, she was dancing. And before she starred in the recurring role of Donna in “Eight Is Enough,” Jennifer Darling was a familiar face in action series, like “The Six Million Dollar Man” and its spin-off, “The Bionic Woman.” In both productions, she starred as Peggy Callahan. Interestingly, Jennifer Darling was born Joan Darling but changed her name as there was already a Joan Darling in showbiz.
Though Darling has an incredible 161 acting credits to her name, she continues to perform. From the 1990s onwards, Darling started taking voice-acting roles for animations like in “The Iron Giant” (1999), “Aladdin” (1992), and the video game “Final Fantasy: Type-0 HD” (2015).
Ann Dusenberry – Andrea Jenkins
If you were a committed fan of “Eight is Enough,” you might just remember Andrea Jenkins, played by Ann Dusenberry. She made one appearance on the show. That said, Dusenberry was already a rather established actress by the time she featured in “Eight is Enough.” She had had several roles in the miniseries “Captains and the Kings” and the movie “Emergency!”
Following her appearance on “Eight is Enough,” Dusenberry continued to have several smaller roles in TV shows such as the popular series “Magnum P.I.” and “Murder She Wrote.” She also joined the cast of the TV series “Life with Lucy” as Margo Barker McGibbon. In 1993, she married Brad Fiedel. The couple have two children.
Darrell Larson – Dan Mulford/Stan Lewis
This California-born actor, Darrell Larson, starred in two roles, as Dan Mulford and Stan Lewis. By the time “Eight is Enough” went on the air, Larson had accomplished much in the entertainment industry. He had had several minor roles on TV like in “The Bill Crosby Show” and “Westside Medical.” He had already made a name for himself in the 1970s films “The Magnificent Seven Ride” and “Futureworld.”
Following his roles in “Eight is Enough,” the actor can’t seemingly get enough of the silver screen. He continued having several small roles in shows like “Law & Order: SVU” and “L.A. Law.” However, he had a recurring role in the medical drama “Heartbeat.” The actor is best known for his role in “Men at Work.”
Dennis Patrick – Harry Mitchell
Even before his role as Harry Mitchell in “Eight is Enough,” Dennis Patrick was enjoying a stellar acting career. Some of his notable roles occurred before the shooting of the series. These include his role as Carlton Harris in “The Six Million Dollar Man” and its spin-off “The Bionic Woman.” Patrick’s earlier work included featuring in Dan Curtis’ series “Dark Shadows” and its follow-up “House of Dark Shadows.”
Throughout the 1980s, Patrick continued to take on various roles. He featured in immensely popular series such as “Murder She Wrote” and “The Twilight Zone.” The actor exited the world of the silver screen in the mid-1990s until his death in 2002.