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 LovelyRita] Hello Barry! It has been a dream of mine ever since I was 6 years old to meet you. And I have finally discovered that you are coming to Australia! What will you be doing on your tour?

A: I am bringing my show, BARRY WILLIAMS the REAL GREG BRADY w/ Special Guest Star JOHNNY BRAVO down under. Look on the website for a description of the show and soon I will have a clip available from my recent Las Vegas appearance you can download. It will be a ton of fun, suitable for the family and I can’t wait. Dates and schedules are also on the website. I look forward to seeing you in March.

Q: [by molang] Is the creator of Airborne a friend or related to you or one of the 'child stars'? How did you get selected for the commercial?

A: The President of Airborne is not related to me or any of the other stars we use in the commercial. He contacted me and felt I would be a good representative of the product. I enjoy using Airborne and find it very effective. The ad campaign has been a blast.

Q: [by Vance714] Dear Barry-Thanks oh so much for answering another question of mine. I was curious as to you opinion, as a music artist, of the whole Britney Spears image controversy? And do you think that now over time music has been getting better or worse? -Love, Aimee

A: I find that music has become more corporate, and contrived and more about the "look" than the song. I think we will probably see a return to the singer songwriter in the months to come. Britney is very savvy about how to stir up controversy which keeps her name in the headlines. Has she been taking lessons from Madonna?

Q: [by shannon] What is your favorite Brady Bunch episode of all time?

A: Adios Johnny Bravo. It combined so many of the signature images of the show. Clothes, music, choreography, a hot chick and I got to have my clothes torn off of me.

Q: [by curry] I read on an old event website that you are "an avid tennis player, you hosted The Barry William Celebrity Tennis Classic, which benefited The Adam Walsh Child Resource Center in Anaheim, CA." Do you still play and still host the event?

A: Yes and no. I still play and I hosted the Adam Walsh Tennis Tournament for three years but it is no longer active.

Q: [by calabresenan] Barry, saw the special on the Walt Disney World and was wondering what did you, Chris, Maureen and Susan think of the Tower of Terror?

A: I loved it. Susan hated it. Florence wouldn’t go on it. Chris had a blast. Maureen liked it the first two times and almost got sick the third. It is a thrilling ride. Also if you get to Orlando check out their "Rockin’ Roller Coaster" it’s also worth the wait.

Q: [by johnny_blair] Originally, how was Barry "found" and how many hopefuls were "read" before Barry Williams was formally announced as "the one" for Greg Brady? Also, Barry usually had LOTS of lines per episode. What was his method for learning his parts? Were there many re-takes for goofed lines? THANKS!

A: There were over 1100 people who auditioned for the Brady roles. It probably helped that I had worked for ABC and at Paramount in several other TV shows. Among them Marcus Welby M. D., It Takes A Thief, Mission Impossible, That Girl, Mod Squad, and Gomer Pyle USMC. Of course it helped that I looked a little like Robert Reed. Learning Lines is repetition. We usually had the scene in two to three takes.

Q: [by vodka4808] Hey Barry! I was I smoking crack but were you in an outdoor crowd scene in the movie "Life With Mikey"?

A: That is a question I have been asked before, but no it is not me. I am not even familiar with the movie.

Q: [by peg53] Can you PLEASE tell me who is the woman in the Airborne commercial sitting next to you in the movie theatre? I know all the other child stars in the commercial but I am going nuts trying to figure out who she is. Thanks so much.

A: Her name is Phyllis Coates. Among her many credits she played Lois Lane on the original Superman series with George Reeves. She was not in all of the episodes, Noel Neil originated the role. For more information about Phyllis go to http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0167659/ (internet movie database). Thanks for asking.

Q: [by funnyyouthpastor] How did you juggle work, school, play, family and fame while you were on the show?

A: Heavy scheduling. It is the main reason so many kids that are in show business shouldn’t be. It is very time demanding and little chance to just goof off. I am not complaining, I loved every minute, but it is a very adult world with grown-up responsibilities. It’s not so much a question of juggling as just doing what needs to be done - and some things, usually of a social nature, fall through the cracks.

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