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…

Archive for Category 'Ask Barry'

Q: [by alainaschaefer] Did you ever want to have a solo singer career or did you like singing with the other kids?

A: Solo is the only way to go.

Q: [by biz] You have said that Michael was the most musical of the Brady kids. How so? Did he play musical instruments like you?

A: He was a fairly accomplished piano player by the time he was nine. He read music and had a good ear and voice. He easily could have pursued music.

Q: [by edander] Hey Barry – We have seen you, Chris, and Mike playing baseball during a number of Brady Bunch episodes. I know that you played little league for a couple of years. Did any of the kids play organized sports or high school sports growing up? Who was the best athlete among the Brady kids? Thanks, Andy

A: The filming and touring schedule took up all of our time and we didn’t play organized sports during the run of our show. I continued to surf though. I had the most experience with sports, Michael was the most musical and Chris eventually did lot of body building.

Q: [by jchenson130] I just recently purchased the dvd's of season 1 and 2 and working on getting the rest of the seasons… I have always been curious about something, during the meal scenes, were there actually meals cooked and did you guys actually eat or was that just acting or what??? Also, on the bathroom sets, it shows the bathtub and sink but never the toilet is there a reason for that or was that just done back then? Look forward to hearing from you! Thanks! Sondra Henson

A: Yes, the food was really cooked, although not by Alice and not in the Brady kitchen (that was a set). Shooting meal scenes could go on all day so we tried to actually eat as little as possible. FAA standards did not allow a porcelain toilet to be shown on television at that time so our Brady bathroom, the one six of us shared didn’t have one.

Q: [by chavalabobby] Did you ever met The Duke John Wayne in real life?

A: Yes, I met him once at Paramount studios, he was tall! I have also done several events with his children to raise funds for the John Wayne Cancer Foundation.

Q: [by mcphailsteve2000] How long did you play the part of Greg Brady? Was The Brady Bunch always one of your all-time favorite shows?

A: We filmed the pilot episode for The Brady Bunch in October of 1968. I have been a part of every sequel to our show since then, the most recent of which was in 2005. I have a great fondness for our cast and must say the Brady experience has been a great ride.

Q: [by Astephanie7] Barry, want song did you like sing the most from the Christmas with the Brady Bunch CD? I like the Little Drummer Boy and also like the Santa Claus is Coming to Town with you play your guitar at the began

A: Hi Stephanie. My favorites from Merry Christmas From the Brady Bunch are Silver Bells and Frosty the Snowman.

Q: [by glworth] Barry, just wondering what you do to relax. Play ping pong, pool, poker…?

A: Swim, read, golf and I play a lot of tennis. My very favorite way to relax is getting a massage.

Q: [by jacob_94121] How were the scenes in Waikiki that aired in September 1972 filmed? Was it on location? How was the crew able to get the cameras on the beach? Was Robert Reed comfortable wearing only swimming trunks? Was he a good swimmer?

A: We shot the show in Honolulu. The surfing was filmed just south of Waikiki and the cameras were floated out on the water on platforms. It was a blast. We spent two full days out there. I don’t know if Robert was a good swimmer but I know he liked to show off.

Q: [by gregtiderington] In the 70's did you ever perform solo on American Bandstand or any other shows in the 70's apart than with your TV siblings from the Brady Bunch? Will you ever make a solo CD with your own rock music at all? Although I knew you as Greg from the Brady Bunch I find its too overrated as you've done lots of other acting gigs and just watched you in Threes Company as I own the DVD of it.

A: Yes, I did perform solo on American Bandstand a couple of times. In fact, Dick Clark and I became friends, and coincidentally neighbors, as a result of my appearances. I did record a solo album in 2001, The Return of Johnny Bravo, which includes many of my favorite songs that I grew up with.

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