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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…

Archive for Category 'Ask Barry'

Q: [by spoonbear] An interview in the May 21st television magazine of The New York Times reported that "..after a vegetative spell, Mr. Williams began taking intensive acting and singing courses." Who were the teachers or coaches instrumental in helping Barry turn his career around so well?

A: I don’t know where some of these publications get their information or why they don’t check their facts before writing, but let me set the record straight. There has been no "vegetative state". I have worked consistently in television, on-stage, and in music since before the Brady Bunch even became a series. It is also true that I trained professionally for acting, dancing, singing and playing the guitar. Over the years, I have had many wonderful and inspiring teachers. Most notably for acting: Peggy Fuery and Milton Katselas. For singing: Joan Zajac, Gary Fisher and Bruce. Dancing: Roland Dupree. I prefer to think of my career as evolving, not getting turned around. Thanks for the question.

Q: [by rob4654] Mr. Williams, back in say 77 or 78 did you do a soda commercial that was done in the form of a broadway play? I was eight at the time so I'm pretty sure I remember, but you never can tell. Thanks for your time SEAN MORRIS(:

A: You have a good memory and a good eye. I did a commercial for a soda(I think it was Orange Crush) and I played Sir Lancelot. My memorable line while wearing chain mail was, "what are we drinking M’Lords?"

Q: [by UHUNOMA] Hi Barry aka Greg aka Johnny Bravo! What is your favorite show out of all the shows on around the time of "The Brady Bunch"? What is your favorite show appearing now? -Naomi

A: I was a big fan of Mission Impossible, every Sunday night, no talking and full concentration. Right now, I love to watch Law and Order and also Ally McBeal.

Q: [by byler] Hey Barry, My question concerns the episode when Jan was elected most popular girl in school. Her date was supposed to be with the most popular boy named Billy Garst. Wasn't there a person that worked on the show in some capacity named "Bill E. Garst?" and is that where the name came from? I have a bet with my daughter on this one :)

A: I am going to have to send this one out to the fans. My hunch is that Bill Garst did work at Paramount during our filming years, but since there is money riding on this I don’t want to take any chances. Fans?

Q: [by jopada57] Message: Where you ever in soap operas?

A: I have only done one soap opera, but I did it at different times and played very different roles. I was a reoccurring character on General Hospital in 1968 and then again as Hannibal, the dance instructor, in the mid 80’s.

Q: [by cassidymagic] Hi Barry, I was wondering if you have had a chance to see the movie "American Beauty?" If so, what did you think of it? I've seen it and I can honestly say that it is the best movie I have seen in my short life of 14 years and I know the movie is a little dark.

A: I have seen American Beauty and I agree with you it is a wonderful movie. It captures in a very real way the angst of living a life while pretending instead of really being who you are.

Q: [by allangiven] Barry, My question, since surfing is such a passion of mine, do you still surf? Where are some of your favorite spots and are you a long board or short board fan. Allan

A: I have a lifelong love affair with the ocean. I do surf, but not with the frequency I used to. Just last month, I was in the Caribbean and surfed six out of the nine days I was there. It is a great sport and I think makes other sports more accessible because of the balance and coordination required. Surf spots: Hanalua Bay in Maui, Malibu Beach, CA, and anywhere you can find warm water with 4-6 foot waves that have good shape.

Q: [by Purpleladydi99] Barry, I am wondering if you have time to search the internet, what you like to look at. KEEP ON KEEPIN' ON!!!

A: Sure I’m on the web alot. I don’t necessarily surf, but I use it to find information, song facts, etc. Keep on Groovin’ yourself.

Q: [by xunique10x] Hey Barry! My name is Kimberly, and I am 16 years old. My dream is to be an actress. I just looovvveee everything about it! I was just wondering if you had any advice for me. I live in Arkansas, so there are no opportunities. Can you help me?

A: Hi Kimberly. It’s very hard to give advice about Show Biz - although it would be a good idea to move to New York or Los Angeles. I like a book by Garry Marshall a lot called Wake Me When It’s Funny. He talks about his entree to Show Business and I found it very interesting and entertaining.

Q: [by lucyg53] First, love the cd!!! Second will there be another one any time in the near future? I know you did theater quite a bit, so maybe some Broadway tunes mixed with a few more pop songs added in?

A: Thanks, I am glad you liked the CD. Yes there will be another one next year. It will be very different from The Return of Johnny Bravo. I am writing songs and am planning some interesting collaborations. It will be a pop/rock CD.

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