Kristy McNichol was born Christina Ann McNichol on September 11, 1962 in Los Angeles, California. She is best known for playing the role of ‘Buddy’ Lawrence on the TV show Family. She then later appeared in the role of Barbara Weston in Empty Nest.
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First appeared in commercials with her brother and former actor Jimmy McNichol. However, in 1973 she made her television debut in the series Love, American Style. The following year she landed her first regular role in a series as Patricia Apple in Apple’s Way co-starring Ronny Cox, Frances Lee McCain, Vincent Van Patten, Patti Cohoon, Eric Olson, and Frannie Michel. She played the role for two years until the show ended in 1975.