Grant Goodeve

Grant Goodeve is an American actor and television host. He is best known for his role as David Bradford, the eldest son on ABC television's Eight Is Enough from 1977 to 1981; he sang the theme song for the show, as well. More recent work includes stints on the Home & Garden Television cable channel, and voice roles such as the Engineer in the multiplayer video game Team Fortress 2, and Wolf O'Donnell in Star Fox: Assault.

Grant Goodeve
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Goodeve in T. J. Hooker in 1983
OccupationActor, television host
Years active1976–present
Deborah Lynn Ketcham
(m. 1978)


Goodeve was born in Middlebury, Connecticut,[1] and moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1975.[2] His earliest role was on a fifth-season episode of Emergency![3] After a February 1977 screen test,[2] he signed on as a cast member of Eight Is Enough, taking over a role played in the series' pilot episode by Mark Hamill.

When Eight Is Enough ended in 1981, Goodeve appeared in guest roles in series such as The Love Boat, T. J. Hooker, Dynasty!, and Fantasy Island, among others.[1] In 1983, he played a role in the television pilot The Night Watchman. In the summer of 1984, Goodeve hosted the syndicated program Solid Gold Hits. In 1985–86, he played Michael James "Woody" Woodward on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live.[4] In 1984 he co-starred in the made-for-TV movie Pigs vs. Freaks (a.k.a. Off Sides (Pigs vs. Freaks)). He also made a number of appearances as a celebrity guest contestant on the "Pyramid" game shows in the late 1970s and 1980s.

He reprised his Eight Is Enough role in two reunion movies during the late 1980s, and also appeared in several episodes of Murder, She Wrote.[1] As the 1990s came to a close, he made an appearance on The WB's hit series 7th Heaven as Captain Jack Smith. In 2000, Goodeve appeared as the host of Word Pictures' production Proving the Bible through Archeology.[1]

Pacific NorthwestEdit

Goodeve moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1989 with his wife and three children. Soon after, he began appearing in the recurring role of Rick Pedersen, an ill-fated bush pilot, on the CBS series Northern Exposure. He also began contributing to KING-TV's Evening Magazine, and began hosting that station's travel show Northwest Backroads in 1998.[5] As of 2014, Grant had hosted it for 16 years.

From 2000 to 2004, he hosted If Walls Could Talk and Homes of Our Heritage on Home & Garden Television. He has worked as a voice actor for several video games, including the role of Wolf O'Donnell in Star Fox: Assault, the Engineer in Team Fortress 2, and various voices for F.E.A.R..[1] He also lent his singing voice to Bob Rivers' Twisted Christmas series of holiday CDs.

He is active in his Presbyterian church in Seattle, engaging part-time in an itinerant music ministry in the region.[6]

In 2006, Goodeve appeared as George Bailey in Seattle's Taproot Theatre Company's production of It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. He returned to the Taproot stage in 2008's production of The Christmas Foundling as Old Jake.

Goodeve also appears in the Amtrak Cascades safety video.[7]


TV seriesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1976 Emergency! Larry Above and Beyond... Nearly (Season 5: Episode 18)
1976 Gibbsville Danny Saturday Night (Season 1: Episode 2)
1977−1981 Eight Is Enough David Bradford Series regular
1977, 1982 Insight Bill I Want to Die
Leave Me Alone, God
1978–1983 The Love Boat Various various roles
1979, 1984 Fantasy Island Bill Rawlings/Hunter Richter Goose for the Gander/The Stuntman (Season 3: Episode 2)
Sing Melancholy Baby/The Last Dogfight (Season 7: Episode 16)
1981 Aloha Paradise Alex and Annie/Blue Honeymoon/Another Thing (Season 1: Episode 1)
1982 Darkroom Steve Lambert Who's There? (Season 1: Episode 15)
1983 T. J. Hooker Officer Bill Roper[8] Blue Murder (Season 3: Episode 10)
1983 The Night Watchman Officer Phil Triola TV Pilot
1983–1987 Dynasty Chris Deegan 7 episodes
1984 Solid Gold Hits Host
1984 Trapper John, M.D. David Huber A Little Knife Music (Season 5: Episode 14)
1984 Finder of Lost Loves Stuart Scranton A Gift (Season 1: Episode 10)
1984 Capitol Jordy Clegg #2
1984–1988 Murder, She Wrote Ben Skyler/Jack Kowalski/Larry Gaynes 3 episodes
1985 Rituals Dr. Coleman
1985–1986 One Life to Live James Woodward
1986 Hotel Kevin Bromley Enemies Within (Season 4: Episode 3)
1990–1992 Northern Exposure Rick Pederson/Rick 10 episodes
1992 McGee and Me! Brad 'Giff' Gifford In the Nick of Time
1999– Northwest Backroads Host
2002 7th Heaven Captain Jack Smith Monkey Business 1 (Season 7: Episode 1)
Monkey Business Deux (Season 7: Episode 2)
2000–2004 If Walls Could Talk Host
2017 Twin Peaks Walter Lawford 2 episodes


2018 County Line Sheriff Preston Notes
1976 Law of the Land Soldier Television film
1977 All the King's Horses Jack Benson
1979 A Last Cry for Help Jeff Burgess Television film
1979 Hot Rod Sonny Munn Television film
1982 High Powder Sgt. Garvey Television film
1984 Pigs vs. Freaks Neal Brockmeyer Television film
1987 Eight Is Enough: A Family Reunion David Bradford Television film
1988 Take Two Barry Griffith/Frank Bentley
1988 License to Drive Natalie's DMV Examiner Theatrical film
1989 An Eight Is Enough Wedding David Bradford Television film
1990 She'll Take Romance Doug Television film
1996 Pandora's Clock Don Moses Television film
2000 Something to Sing About Russ Television film
2008 Proud American Naval Doctor
2009 Crimes of the Past Agent Kruch
2017 The Case for Christ Mr. Cook

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Star Fox: Assault Wolf O'Donnell Voice: English version
2005 F.E.A.R. Harlan Wade/Additional Voices Voice
2007 Team Fortress 2 Engineer Voice
2009 F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin Harlan Wade Voice
2011 F.E.A.R. 3 Harlan Wade Voice
2016 Paladins Team Fortress 2 Barik Voice


  • The Wonder of It All (1996)


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