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Fred Grandy

Fred GrandyAKA Frederick Lawrence Grandy

Born: 29-Jun-1948
Birthplace: Sioux City, IA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor, Politician
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Congressman, Gopher on The Love Boat

Fred Grandy was raised wealthy and Republican, and met David Eisenhower while attending Philips Exeter Academy. When Eisenhower married Julie Nixon, Grandy served as best man. He performed with the comedy troupe The Proposition for two years, and co-wrote a play with Jane Curtin that ran briefly on Broadway. After graduating from Harvard, he worked as an aide to U.S. Representative Wiley Mayne.

He was briefly Adrienne Barbeau's love interest on Maude, played Watergate figure Donald Segretti in the 1979 TV adaptation of John Dean's Blind Ambition, and most famously, Grandy played the bumbling Gopher on The Love Boat. Off camera, when he told Gavin MacLeod, his Love Boat captain, that he was leaving the show to run for Congress, MacLeod whipped out his checkbook and made Grandy's first campaign contribution.

As a four-term U.S. Congressman from Iowa, Grandy became known as a moderate Republican. He gave up his Congressional seat to run for Governor of Iowa in 1994, lost, and instead became President of Goodwill Industries. He has since co-hosted a radio talk show and occasionally returned to acting with guest roles in episodic television.

Father: (d., heart attack)
Mother: (d., aneurysm)
Wife: Jan Gough (m. 1969, div. 1983, two children)
Daughter: Marya
Son: Charlie
Wife: Catherine Mann (m. 1987, one daughter)
Daughter: Monica (b. 4-Oct-1988)

    High School: Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH (1966)
    University: BA English, Harvard University (1970)

    US Congressman, Iowa 5th (3-Jan-1993 to 3-Jan-1995)
    US Congressman, Iowa 6th (3-Jan-1987 to 3-Jan-1993)
    American Arts Alliance
    Caught Fire Kusadasi, Turkey (1982)
    Heart Attack 2004
    Angioplasty 2004
    Risk Factors: Vegetarian

    The Love Boat Gopher (1977-86)
    Maude Chris (1973-74)

    Blind Ambition (20-May-1979)
    The Lincoln Conspiracy (Oct-1977)
    Death Race 2000 (27-Apr-1975) · Herman the German
    The Girl Most Likely to... (6-Nov-1973)

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