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.”
Beans Morocco – Peter Bales/Registrar
With a name like Beans Morocco, you’d figure this actor would be a household name. If you’re a long-time fan of “Eight Is Enough,” you probably recognize his name on the credits as Morocco had two roles in the series. Up until his time in the family series, Morocco had had several minor roles in various TV series. These include the action series “Harry O” and “The Dukes of Hazzard.”
While Beans Morocco isn’t a household name, the actor should be. In total, he boasts 99 acting credits to his name. His most notable roles were as Bob the Janitor in “Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach” and Stanley Dewoski in “Used Cars.”
David Wayne - Matt
One of the funny things about guest stars and side actors is that they could be future stars, or even stars at the time, and that's pushed to the side for the small role that they're playing on TV. That's exactly the case with David Wayne. On "Eight Is Enough," Wayne played Matt, a character that only featured for one episode. Outside of this, Wayne was the first recipient of the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical.
Wayne's career spanned five decades and between the stage and the screen, he had one of the strongest reputations in the industry. Sadly, he passed away in 1995, though he lives on in his performances.
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.