This dark-haired beauty starred as Mrs. Moore. Before her appearance in “Eight Is Enough,” Grace Gaynor had already had some success on the silver screen. One of her notable works before “Eight Is Enough” was starring in the original “Guess Who’s Coming for Dinner” in 1967. She had two minor roles in “Hawaiian Eye” in the early 1960s and did the voice of Chickadee in the classic TV series “Batman.”
Though “Eight Is Enough” was one of the actress’s last credits, she was not quite done. She starred as Mrs. Underhill in the crime comedy “Fletch” and its sequel “Fletch Lives” with actor Chevy Chase in the lead role.
Dan Monahan – Danny
Interestingly, starring as Danny in “Eight Is Enough” was the lucky break this Ohio actor needed. The actor made his debut on TV in the family series, but Don Monahan had a stroke of luck earlier in his acting career. After moving to New York, Monahan was cast in a Broadway production of “Richard III” starring Al Pacino. The actor’s career then took him to starring in film and TV.
Monahan’s most iconic role was as Edward “Pee Wee” Morris in the “Porky’s” trilogy. Before “Porky’s,” he joined the cast of the film “Only When I Laugh.” Two of his last roles were in the 1990s films “Shattered Illusions” and “Baby Geniuses.”
David Haskell – Curtis Watkins/Ed Gardner
Long before his two roles as Curtis Watkins and Ed Gardner in “Eight Is Enough,” American actor, David Haskell had already made a name for himself in entertainment. First, he starred in the stage production and musical “Godspell.” He must have been great in the production as he was cast in the film adaptation released in 1973.
After “Eight Is Enough,” Haskell had some success on TV. He had a recurring role in the series “Santa Barbara” as Nick Hartley and a minor role as Howard Graves in “Falcon Crest.” The last appearance Haskell made was as Smitty in “Home Improvement” in 1998. Sadly, the actor was diagnosed with brain cancer and passed away in 2000 at the age of 52.
Lucille Benson – Joe Simon’s friend
In two episodes, we meet Joe Simons who takes on a grandfatherly friend to the young Nicholas Bradford. We also meet Simons’ friend played by the legendary and quirky actress, Lucille Benson. One thing most fans would associate with the actress was her heavy southern drawl. It was a distinct feature of the actress so that even before her time in “Eight Is Enough” she often featured in roles with such an accent as Widder Douglas in “Tom Sawyer” and its follow-up “Huckleberry Finn.”
Following her role in the family series, she still had plenty of acting to do. Some of her notable roles after “Eight Is Enough” were as Mrs. Elrod in “Halloween II” and Lily Sinclair in the TV series “Bosom Buddies.”
Charlene Tilton - Wendy Springer
Many people will recognize the beautiful Charlene Tilton from her starring role in "Dallas." But just a year before that, one of her debut roles was on "Eight Is Enough." Tilton played a conceited blonde who was the apple of Tommy Bradford's eye. Tilton was just 19, and while she didn't land a recurring role on the show, it certainly opened up doors. Shortly after, she cemented her place in Hollywood.
Since "Eight Is Enough," Tilton has become a stalwart in Hollywood and even had a couple marriages along the way. She even reprised her role of Lucy Ewing Cooper for a few episodes in the "Dallas" reboot.