I always liked the actors who were a little less well-known and didn’t necessarily have their pictures all over every magazine. I like actors like Lance Kerwin and Jimmy McNichol, but I always liked the lesser known guys who were on TV alot yet not in all the big magazines.
Like Radames Pera! He is probably best known for playing “Grasshopper”, Caine as a young student, in the show Kung Fu.
The term “grasshopper” is pretty much a part of the English language now referring to someone who has alot to learn about something. But, it was Radames who played him!
Some might also remember him as John Edwards on the series Little House On The Prairie.
He was one of Mary’s first love interests on the show. John was the sensitive son of Isaiah Edwards (Victor French) who didn’t share his father’s love of outdoor activities common then like hunting.
Besides Kung Fu, Radames guest-starred on ALOT of TV shows throughout the 70’s. Some of the shows he appeared on both before and after Kung Fu include: Family Affair, Dan August, Cannon, Night Gallery, The Waltons, Hawaii Five-0, Marcus Welby, and Six Million Dollar Man.
Radames’ first television appearance was on the first episode of the show Medical Center in 1969. He played a young kid with a broken arm who plays checkers in the end of the episode with O.J. Simpson! O.J. played a college football star from USC who ignores some serious health warnings to play and hopefully win the Heisman Trophy.
Here’s a little gallery of Radames in his first TV appearance in Medical Center!