Grandy was born on June 29, 1948. He starred on "Love Boat" as Gopher from 1977 to 1986. He then made the transition to Congress, serving as a Republican from 1987 to 1995.
Grandy was well-connected in politics from a young age. During his school days at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, he was friends with Pres. Eisenhower's grandson, David, and served as best man at his wedding to Julie Nixon.