Fred Grandy

Fred Grandy

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Birthday: Jun 29, 1948

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Though his political career received less attention than that of other entertainers-turned-legislators like Clint Eastwood, Fred Dalton Thompson or even Sonny Bono, Fred Grandy was indeed successful in making the transition from working actor to the House of Representatives in the 1980s. The reason for his low-ranking status in that exclusive group was possibly due to his best-known credit as randy pursuer Burl "Gopher" Smith on the lowbrow but popular romantic comedy series "The Love Boat" (ABC, 1977-1986). Grandy, however, had developed an interest in politics long before his acting career took off in the early 1970s, and he good-naturedly shouldered comments about his "Love Boat" past while campaigning for the Iowa House of Representatives, where he served for four terms. After completing his duties in Iowa, he campaigned unsuccessfully for governor of the state before presiding over Goodwill Industries, hosting his own conservative radio talk show, and appearing on a daily talk show for Retirement Living TV. Though largely out of political office and entertainment later in his career, Grandy nonetheless remained active with the causes he believed in and remained a beloved TV actor for a certain generation who grew up with "The Love Boat."

Filmography

Movies

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No Score Yet No Score Yet Play the Flute Pastor Lawrence (Character) $241.9K 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet The New Love Boat Ship's Purser "Gopher" Smith (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Love Boat III Ship's Purser "Gopher" Smith (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Love Boat II Gopher (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 61% The Girl Most Likely To... Dr. Ted Gates (Character) - 1973

TV

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94% 79% Fresh Off the Boat Pop (Guest Star) 2019
86% 82% The Mindy Project Unknown (Guest Star) 2014-2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Love Boat Purser Burl "Gopher" Smith (Character) 1990 1977-1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Super Password Guest 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1978-1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlie's Angels Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Welcome Back, Kotter Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mary Tyler Moore Show Rev. J.W. Dannenbrink (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Maude Chris (Character) 1973-1974

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