You know you’re dealing with an old show when there was a young character named Mavis. Beth Howland was a star of the stage and small screen, best known for her role in the sitcom “Alice.” On “Eight Is Enough,” Howland landed a minor role that only lasted the one episode.
Outside of this, Howland sang and danced her way to four Golden Globe nominations, and featured in a number of guest appearances on TV. She even landed a few telefilms, though she never really attained widespread fame compared to her contemporaries. Sadly, Howland passed in 2015 after a long and fruitful career.
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.
Creed Bratton - Merv
Your eyes do not deceive you. This really is Creed Bratton from "The Office!" We really mean it when we say everyone was on "Eight Is Enough" at some point in their careers. Bratton was an extra who was featured in only one episode, back in 1977. Bratton had an easily-missable role as a singer who preceded Tommy's performance.
This was one of Bratton's first TV appearances, right at the start of his career. It would be a while until he achieved widespread fame from "The Office," but he still had an impressive career as both an actor and musician in the meanwhile.
Jeffrey Byron – Jack Nasella/Rick
This actor, Jeffrey Byron, appeared in two roles on “Eight Is Enough.” He played Jack Nasella and Rick. Before starring in the family series, Byron had had a few minor roles in TV series and movies. The actor made his debut in the film “Donovan’s Reef” as Luki Dedham. After that, he made appearances in “The Fugitive” (1964) and “Dallas.”
Though “Eight is Enough” concluded more than 40 years ago, Byron is still going strong. One of his recent roles was as Thad Whorley in the 2023 thriller, “Deadly Draw.” He also was cast as a test administrator in the 2009 reboot of “Star Trek.”
Nicholas Pryor – Jeffrey Trout
One of the recurring characters in “Eight Is Enough” is Jeffrey Trout played by Nicholas Pryor. When it comes to showbiz, Pryor knows what he’s doing. He has an impressive 173 acting credits to his name. Even some A-listers can’t boast about the same. By the time Pryor joined the “Eight Is Enough” cast, he was a veteran in the acting world. He starred in a main role in the soap opera, “The Nurses.”
Whether it is film or TV, Pryor has plenty of experience in both. After “Eight Is Enough” the actor was cast in the movies “Smile” and “Airplane.” More recently, he has had cameos in the musical drama “Nashville” and “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.”