Fredrick Lawrence "Fred" Grandy (born June 29, 1948) is a former actor best known for his role on the sitcom "The Love Boat" who became a member in 1986 of the United States House of Representatives from the state of Iowa.
Grandy was born in Sioux City, Iowa. He received his bachelor's degree in English from Harvard University in 1970 and is conversant in both French and Arabic. He played the ship's purser Burl "Gopher" Smith for nine years on the American television series The Love Boat. Earlier, he was a recurring character on the 1970s sitcom Maude, playing the boyfriend of Maude's daughter Carol (played by Adrienne Barbeau).
Unknown to most television viewers during the height of his The Love Boat stardom, Grandy's political interests preceded his acting career. Prior to college, he was the roommate of David Eisenhower (grandson of President Eisenhower) at Phillips Exeter Academy and later was best man at Eisenhower's wedding to Julie Nixon. He also served as a speechwriter for Congressman Wiley Mayne (R-Iowa).
Grandy, who campaigned as a Republican, won the election in 1986 by 3,000 votes. Although he tried to distance himself from his acting career, he told People magazine, "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 House 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, he entered the Republican primary race for Governor of Iowa against incumbent Terry Branstad; he lost the election by 4 percentage points.
Grandy has three children, Marya, Monica, and Charlie.
Grandy later served as president and CEO of Goodwill Industries from 1995–2000, became a political commentator on National Public Radio, and served as a visiting professor teaching a course on non-profit organizations at the University of Maryland, College Park, School of Public Affairs. In 2003, Grandy was named co-host of The Grandy & Andy Morning Show, a conservative radio news/talk show on 630 WMAL-AM in Washington, D.C. His co-host is radio veteran Andy Parks. Grandy is a member of the Episcopal Church