The Greg Brady Project

Welcome to the official Barry Williams' blog

My friends call me Barry. From time to time I also hear the name Greg. Yeah, as in Greg Brady. The Brady Bunch represents a fun time in my life. But it’s only part of the story. There’s more to say and that’s what The Greg Brady Project is all about – a place to say it. So, I’ve invited some friends to join me and share their perspectives on the Brady’s, the 70′s and just about everything else. Now, I’m inviting you…

15 Mar
Barry Williams

Thank You For The Inspiration Peter Graves

written by Barry Williams in Blog, barry | 8 comments

Peter Graves
Saturday morning was a special time around my house when I was very young. On Saturday morning my older brothers and I were allowed to watch what we wanted. I was just three years old but my favorite show was not anything animated. My favorite show was called Fury. Fury starred Peter Graves as a ranch owner, Bobby Diamond as his adopted son and Fury an amazing stallion who loved the young boy. Thus began my passion for horses. Fury was a really strong and smart horse. He knew when people did good deeds and would reward them usually by getting them to where they needed to be. Mostly Fury would only allow the Diamond character, Joey, to ride him. This was pretty amazing stuff for me, a then three year old.

During the time Fury was on the air I was attending kindergarten in my home town (it wasn’t called pre-school then) and I had a girlfriend in my class. I liked to sit next to her when we were doing arts and crafts and I usually made my way near her in the afternoon for nap time. Occasionally we exchanged gum after it had already been chewed by one of us. Our version of french kissing I guess.

Her name is Claudia Graves and I was more than a little impressed when I was having a play date at her house one day, which happened to be just down the street from my own family home, and into the living room walks JIM NEWTON the owner of the Broken Wheel Ranch where Fury lived! It took me a minute to get the concept that Jim Newton was really an actor, Peter Graves and father to my sweetheart Claudia. This just seemed too good to be true and I thought it was so cool that I decided then and there I wanted to be an actor. Several weeks later while visiting at Claudia’s house I had a chance to ask Mr. Graves how he got to be an actor. He said, “I just thought about it.”

Good enough for me. I thought and thought and thought. Finally I thought about doing something about it and asked my parents to let me give it a shot. I started going to classes and acting lessons, got some 8×10 headshots and an agent. I was on my way.

After filming the Brady Bunch Pilot in 1968 and before we actually started filming the regular series in 1969 I had an extraordinary opportunity. I had an audition for a guest starring role in my then favorite TV series, Mission Impossible starring the man who inspired my whole career, Peter Graves. I got that role. Literally a dream come true.

Peter Graves passed away yesterday, March 13th. At the same time I was in Nashville doing what Peter inspired and I still love after all these years; acting onstage in a musical. His passing is a loss millions of people, along with myself feel. I always will be grateful to the wonderful contributions he made as an actor and a person including his remarkable return in the feature film Airplane. He was an inspiration to many and I am grateful for my personal connection with him.

I send out my warmest wishes and condolences to his wife Joan and daughters Kelly Jean, Amanda Lee, and first love Claudia.

 

8 Comments

    Maureen
    on Mar. 15th, 2010

    Barry,
    I loved your comments on Peter Graves. He was one of my favorite actors and I always had a huge crush on him going back to FURY when I was very young. I would go nowhere on Saturday mornings until I had seen FURY. I couldn’t imagine a more perfect life than the Broken Wheel Ranch.
    My friends and I took turns playing the role of Fury in our beighborhood re-enanctments and I spent quite a bit of time running about with a rope in my mouth, whinnying and pawing at the sky. My sister’s favorite comment when I was in my teens and dating was “be nice to me or I will tell him about when you were a horse!”
    Years later I owned a big, dark, heroic horse and guess who he reminded me of?
    I found my own “Jim” as well, and he is tall, lean and handsome just like Peter Graves.
    Peter Graves was a gentleman and a wonderful actor and he will be missed. My condolences to his wife and daughters.

    Gloria Gifford
    on Mar. 15th, 2010

    Thank you for the beautiful words about a man who was an influence in our lives through his work and his ethics. Your tribute was written with love and felt.

    Scott Keith
    on Mar. 15th, 2010

    Barry,

    That is a touching tribute. I am happy that you had the chance to meet and work with one of your Idols. I still wish I had had the opportunity to meet Robert Reed. I looked up to him at a very young age. I am happy that I have been able to meet you, you are a terrific person.

    Trevor Kimball
    on Mar. 16th, 2010

    Thanks for sharing your memories. Very enjoyable reading.

    [...] Barry Williams (The Brady Bunch) knew Graves and was inspired to begin acting after watching Fury. To read a nice tribute, click here. [...]

    annie o'malley
    on Mar. 16th, 2010

    Dear Barry – Hi Happy Saint Patricks day tomorrow March 17 th Luck o the Irish to yas Love ya always from your #1 fan and friend -Annie O’malley from Baltimore Maryland Thanks for The Peter Graves story I loved him in “Mission Impossible ” Love ya from annie xxxooooooo

    Heidi
    on Mar. 17th, 2010

    Thanks for sharing those nice memories of him. He is a great actor. I’ve seen him on 7th Heaven.

    Margaret
    on Oct. 2nd, 2010

    Barry what a wonderful tribute to Peter Graves!! Like you Saturday was my day for TV Fury was my Favorite Show. I would imagine that I would live on the Broken Wheel Ranch with Jim and Fury. I always watched any show that Peter Graves was in he was such a great Actor. RIP Peter I now you are performing for all the Angeles in Heaven

    Leave your Comment







    * Required fields

     

     

     



    Add Comment

Stay Connected!

Get the latest news delivered to your email


Get the latest news delivered to your phone

Subscribe to The Greg Brady Project on your cell phone

Bookmark and favorite this blog

Add to Technorati Favorites Stumble it!  Save to Del.icio.us Digg This! Add to Ma.gnolia!








security code
Send Email