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|Member of the U.S.HouseofRepresentatives |
from Iowa's 5th district
January 3, 1993 –January 3, 1995
|Preceded by||Jim R. Lightfoot|
|Succeeded by||Tom Latham|
|Member of the U.S.HouseofRepresentatives |
from Iowa's 6th district
January 3, 1987 –January 3, 1993
|Preceded by||Berkley Bedell|
|Succeeded by||District eliminated|
Fredrick Lawrence Grandy
June 29, 1948
Sioux City, Iowa
|Education|| Harvard University (AB)|
George Washington University (MFA)
|Profession||Actor, politician, radio personality|
Fredrick Lawrence Grandy (born June 29, 1948) is an American actor best known for his role as "Gopher" on the sitcom The Love Boat and who later became a member of the United States House of Representatives from the state of Iowa. Grandy was most recently the host of The Grandy Group, a morning drive time radio talk show on 630 WMAL in Washington, D.C.
The Love Boat was an American comedy/drama television series set on luxury passenger cruise ship S.S. Pacific Princess, which aired on the ABC television network from May 5, 1977 until May 24, 1986; plus, four three-hour long specials aired in 1986, 1987, and 1990. The series revolves around the ship's captain Merrill Stubing and a handful of its crew, with several passengers—played by various guest star actors for each episode—having romantic and humorous adventures. It was part of ABC's popular Saturday-night lineup of the time, which also included Fantasy Island until that series ended two years earlier in 1984.
The United States House of Representatives is the Lower House of the United States Congress, the Senate being the Upper House. Together they compose the national legislature of the United States.
Iowa is a state in the Midwestern United States, bordered by the Mississippi River to the east and the Missouri River and Big Sioux River to the west. It is bordered by six states; Wisconsin to the northeast, Illinois to the east, Missouri to the south, Nebraska to the west, South Dakota to the northwest, and Minnesota to the north.
Grandy was born in Sioux City, Iowa, the youngest of three sons of William Grandy, who worked in his father's insurance business, and his wife Bonnie. When Grandy was eleven, his father died of a heart attack. His mother died of an aneurysm a year later.
Sioux City is a city in Woodbury and Plymouth counties in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Iowa. The population was 82,684 in the 2010 census, which makes it the fourth largest city in Iowa. The bulk of the city is in Woodbury County, of which it is the county seat, though a small portion is in Plymouth County. Sioux City is located at the navigational head of the Missouri River. The city is home to several cultural points of interest including the Sioux City Public Museum, Sioux City Art Center and Sergeant Floyd Monument, which is a National Historic Landmark. The city is also home to Chris Larsen Park, commonly referred to as “the Riverfront,” includes the Anderson Dance Pavilion, Sergeant Floyd Riverboat Museum and Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. Sioux City is the primary city of the five-county Sioux City, IA–NE–SD Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), with a population of 168,825 in 2010 and a slight increase to an estimated 169,405 in 2018. The Sioux City–Vermillion, IA–NE–SD Combined Statistical Area had a population of 182,675 as of 2010 and has grown to an estimated population of 178,448 as of 2018.
The young Grandy was raised by Margaret Avery, his mother's best friend; a widow, who later married his father's doctor. He went to public schools until ninth grade, after which he attended high school at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire, like his father and brothers had done.
Phillips Exeter Academy is a coeducational independent school for boarding and day students in grades 9 through 12, and offers a postgraduate program. Located in Exeter, New Hampshire, it is one of the oldest secondary schools in the United States. Exeter is based on the Harkness education system, a conference format of student interaction with minimal teacher involvement. It has the largest endowment of any New England boarding school, which as of June 30, 2017, was valued at $1.25 billion. On January 25, 2019, William K. Rawson was appointed by the Academy's trustees as the 16th Principal Instructor. He is the 4th alumnus of Exeter to serve as Principal Instructor, after Gideon Lane Soule (1838–1873), Harlan Amen, and William Saltonstall (1946–1963).
Exeter is a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 14,306 at the 2010 census and an estimated 15,082 in 2017. Exeter was the county seat until 1997, when county offices were moved to neighboring Brentwood. Home to the Phillips Exeter Academy, a private university-preparatory school, Exeter is situated where the Exeter River feeds the tidal Squamscott River.
At Exeter, Grandy was the roommate of David Eisenhower, the grandson of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and was later best man at Eisenhower's wedding to Julie Nixon, the daughter of then–president-elect Richard Nixon, in December 1968.
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Grandy graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in English studies from Harvard University in 1970. In 1971, he joined an improvisational group at Harvard called "The Proposition" and then rejoined the show when it moved off-Broadway in 1971. Among his co-stars was future Saturday Night Live star Jane Curtin.
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Although of service age, Grandy had a high lottery number and was not called for active duty in Vietnam with conscription abolished in 1973.
On December 1, 1969 the Selective Service System of the United States conducted two lotteries to determine the order of call to military service in the Vietnam War for men born from January 1, 1944 to December 31, 1950. These lotteries occurred during a period of conscription in the United States that lasted from 1947 to 1973. It was the first time a lottery system had been used to select men for military service since 1942.
Grandy is perhaps best known to millions of fans around the world as purser Burl "Gopher" Smith on the American television series The Love Boat . The series aired for nine seasons (1977–86). He also wrote several vignettes for the show. In 1982, while visiting Turkey to film scenes for the show, Grandy suffered severe burns when a balloon filled with hydrogen exploded.
Before gaining stardom on The Love Boat , Grandy had guest roles on many Broadway shows, including Love, American Style (1969), Mary Tyler Moore (1970), Maude (1973), Phyllis (1975), and Welcome Back, Kotter (1975). Grandy also acted in the 1973 made-for-TV movie The Girl Most Likely to... , as Ted Gates.
He starred in the Saturday morning TV series Monster Squad (1976) as Walt, a criminology student working as a night watchman at "Fred's Wax Museum". He also appeared in a number of Hollywood Squares episodes in the mid-1970s. He usually sat in the male guest-star seat in the top row left.
In 2014 Grandy had a recurring role on Season 3 of The Mindy Project for which his son, Charlie Grandy, is a writer. He portrayed Dr. William Ledreau.
Grandy holds a master of fine arts (MFA) degree from the Washington Shakespeare Theatre and George Washington University.
Unknown to most television viewers during the height of his stardom on The Love Boat, Grandy's political interests preceded his acting career. Apart from his friendship with David Eisenhower, between 1970 and 1971, he served as a speechwriter for Wiley Mayne, the Republican congressman from his home district, Iowa's 6th congressional district .
With Mayne's successor, Democrat Berkley Bedell, deciding not to run in 1986, Grandy, a Republican, campaigned for the open Iowa United States House of Representatives seat, beating challenger Clayton Hodgson by two percentage points (51.0% to 49.0%).
Although Grandy tried to distance himself from his acting career (at the time), he conceded to People magazine that "if there were no Gopher, there would be no Fred Grandy for Congress."
During his four terms in Congress, he served on a variety of committees, including Ways and Means, Agriculture, Standards of Official Conduct, and Education and the Workforce. While a member of Congress, Grandy won eight "Watchdog of the Treasury" awards.
In 1994, Grandy declined to run for another Congressional term and instead entered the Republican primary race for governor of Iowa against incumbent Terry Branstad, but lost the election by nearly four percentage points.
Grandy served as president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International from 1995 to 2000. He later became a political commentator for National Public Radio and served as a visiting professor teaching a course on nonprofit organizations at the School of Public Affairs at the University of Maryland, College Park.
From 2003 to 2010, Grandy and radio veteran Andy Parks were the hosts of The Grandy & Andy Morning Show, a conservative radio talk show on 630 WMAL in Washington, D.C. In May 2010, the program was reconfigured and was afterward called The Grandy Group. On March 3, 2011, Grandy resigned from the program allegedly over a dispute about his and his wife's statements about Islamic extremism or low listenership.
Grandy was also the host of a show on Retirement Living TV called Daily Café (with MSNBC anchor Alex Witt).Since then he has been a Senior Fellow for National Security Affairs at the Washington-based Center for Security Policy, developing and managing projects on domestic terrorism and counterintelligence.
In May 2013 Grandy returned to the stage, starring in a production of Sleuth at the Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven, New Jersey.
Grandy has been married twice. He married Jan Gough in 1969, a student at Radcliffe, but they were divorced in 1983. A son and a daughter were born to that union. On March 28, 1987, Grandy married romance novelist Catherine Mann, whom he had met when she interviewed him as one of the first reporters for Entertainment Tonight . They have one daughter (born 1989).In 1993, Grandy and his wife sporadically toured Iowa with a stage production of the play Love Letters for charity (especially children's charities). They are both vegans for health reasons.
|1973||Love, American Style||Larry||Segment: "Love and the See-Through Mind"|
|1973||The Girl Most Likely to...||Dr. Ted Gates||TV movie|
|1975||The Mary Tyler Moore Show||Rev. J.W. Dannenbrink||Episode: "You Can't Lose 'em All"|
|1975||Death Race 2000||Herman the German Boch||Feature film|
|1975||Phyllis||The Newlyweds – Young Man||Episode: "Phyllis' Garage Sale"|
|1975–76||Doc||Chuck Bogert||2 episodes|
|1976–77||Monster Squad||Walter||13 episodes|
|1977||Quincy, M.E.||Milt Jordan||Episode: "...The Thigh Bone's Connected to the Knee Bone..."|
|1977||Welcome Back, Kotter||Andy||Episode: "Radio Free Freddie"|
|1977||Fernwood 2 Night||Dr. Alexander Beach||Episode: "Barbershop Trio"|
|1977–86||The Love Boat||Gopher Smith||246 episodes|
|1977||The Lincoln Conspiracy||David Herold||Feature film|
|1978||Fantasy Island||Bernie Parker||Episode: "The Appointment/Mr. Tattoo"|
|1979||Fantasy Island||Jerry Burton||Episode: "The Comic/The Golden Hour"|
|1979||Blind Ambition||Donald Segretti||TV miniseries|
|1979||Charlie's Angels||Gopher Smith||Episode: "Love Boat Angels"|
|1979||Fantasy Island||Bernie Drexel||Episode: "The Pug/Class of '69"|
|1983||Matt Houston||Ted Baer||Episode: "The Showgirl Murders"|
|1984||Cagney & Lacey||Richard White||Episode: "Matinee"|
|2003||Law & Order||Neil Skinner||Episode: "B*tch"|
|2014–17||The Mindy Project||Dr. William Ledreau||9 episodes|
|2017||General Hospital||Father Corey||2 episodes|
|2017||Great News||Fred||Episode: "Award Show"|
|2018–19||Knight Squad||Wizard Hogancross||5 episodes|
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|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives |
from Iowa's 6th congressional district
none; district eliminated
Jim Ross Lightfoot
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives |
from Iowa's 5th congressional district
|100th||Senate: C. Grassley • T. Harkin||House: N. E. Smith • J. Leach • T. Tauke • J. R. Lightfoot • D. R. Nagle • F. Grandy|
|101st||Senate: C. Grassley • T. Harkin||House: N. E. Smith • J. Leach • T. Tauke • J. R. Lightfoot • D. R. Nagle • F. Grandy|
|102nd||Senate: C. Grassley • T. Harkin||House: N. E. Smith • J. Leach • J. R. Lightfoot • D. R. Nagle • F. Grandy • J. Nussle|
|103rd||Senate: C. Grassley • T. Harkin||House: N. E. Smith • J. Leach • J. R. Lightfoot • F. Grandy • J. Nussle|