He was a son of Sioux City who made good. Educated at Exeter and Harvard, Paul Grandy started his career in politics, working for Congressman Wiley Mayne. He was on a rocket path to success and respectability. Then, in 1977, he became Gopher. And Gopher he shall forever be.
Clad in shorts and knee socks, Gopher er, Grandy spent nine seasons as The Love Boat's purser. It was far from a serious role, even by Love Boat standards, and when he decided to run for Congress from his home state of Iowa, opponents tagged him as the fancy-educated, fool actor. Grandy won, however, and served in the House from 1987-1995. He just barely lost a 1994 primary for Iowa governor and is now a radio talk-show host on The Grandy and Andy Show.
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