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.”
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.
Grace Gaynor – Mrs. Moore
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.
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.
Cliff Norton – Nathan
The late radio announcer and actor, Cliff Norton, played the part of Nathan in “Eight is Enough.” Before the shooting of this series, Norton had already become an established figure in entertainment, specifically as an announcer on Dave Garroway’s radio show. It was only a matter of time until Norton joined radio serials like “Terry and the Pirates.” Norton had a whole range of acting roles before joining “Eight Is Enough.” He appeared on “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World.”
Norton still had plenty of acting to do after “Eight Is Enough.” He did voice work for the TV series “Pink Panther and Sons” in 1984. Overall, Norton had an impressive 133 acting credits to his name.