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 lisaloo73] Is there a special song that your son Brandon enjoys hearing you sing? How old is he now? ~Lisa~

A: He likes "In Other Words" also known as "Fly Me to the Moon" a lot. It helps him get to sleep our maybe that’s just my singing.

Q: [by Plb1973] Barry, I saw you on fear factor recently. How did you ever manage to go into the "snake tank"? You were amazing on all three events. My wife and I really respected what you did for charity. Great Job!!!!!!!!

A: Thanks very much. What I did was to name all 1000 snakes and make friends with them. I let them know I would only be there a minute or so and not to worry or get upset. Then I focused on getting those pucks up in the bucket.

Q: [by blossom123] Barry, Did you like it when Christopher Daniel Barnes made fun of you?

A: I never considered that he did make fun of me. What Christopher was asked to do was a parody of our show. It was light hearted and not mean spirited. My only disappointment was I don’t think he captured the essence of the character I created but I don’t think he was making fun of me.

Q: [by shumygummy] The Brady Bunch was filmed during a very turbulent time in American history. I was wondering, what were you and the other Brady actors views/opinions on the Vietnam War at the time? Were you in the "make love not war" group or the "We gotta save the world from Communism" group?

A: I can’t speak for the others but my own political ideas were not fully formed at the time. As an adolescent in the sixties I grew up with a great deal of mixed messages and it was difficult to sort them out. Vietnam did not look like a happy place to go but I am pro military.

Q: [by hstlynne] Hi Barry, do you remember doing a show with Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods and what was it like working with Mike, Rick, Bo, Gary, David and the rest of the Heywoods?

A: Sure I remember and I believe they are still going strong. I enjoyed that whole period of performing with The Heywoods, Donny and Marie, Tony Orlando. It is great fun to share the stage with talented people.

Q: [by racer] Barry, I was deeply saddened to hear of John Ritter's untimely death. Did you ever work with him? What did you think of him? Thank you.

A: Yes I worked with John several times. I was a guest star on a Three’s Company episode and worked with him on the TVLand Awards, and ABC’s 50th Anniversary of Television within the past few months. I am shocked and saddened by his passing. He was a very generous person who gave much to many.

Q: [by bheyward] Hey Barry, I've got a compliment and a question…First, I think you and the rest of the Brady cast were enormously talented as youngsters, and I'm grateful for the degree to which all of you have continued to involve yourselves in the entertainment industry afterwards. I read a 1999 People Mag article commemorating the 30th Brady anniversary, and saw where at the time, you spent an average of 200 nights on the road annually in the biz. In whose eyes then have former child stars like yourself become so-called "has-beens?" Obviously there continues to be a demand for you, and I'm a bit insulted that this term continues to be used when you continue to draw engagements like your Vegas act in October. Just wondering what your thoughts are. Good luck on the Vegas thing!

A: Couldn’t have said it better myself. The whole perception and label of "Former Child Star" is misleading. First of all take "Star" out of the saying and we are all ’former child’s. There seems to be a stigma attached to being successful when young. I try to roll with the punches but I am the busiest "has-been" I know. I continue to work on Broadway, Vegas, in movies, television, as a writer and producer. I am also very grateful to be active. Thanks for your insight.

Q: [by Krypto7927] Dear Barry. I've heard that you do musicals for the stage. Do you have any passion for doing a comedy stageplay? And have you ever heard of Neil Simon? If so, what do you think of him?

A: Asking someone who has done 60 different stage productions if they have heard of Neil Simon is like asking a politician if he knows who the President is. I have done several productions of his plays including They’re Playing Our Song and studied his work and met him several times. He is a master of comedy and one of the most prolific writers of our time.

Q: [by cnjforever] Hi Barry, I am such a huge fan of "The Brady Bunch" although I wasn't born while the show was in its oringinal running, I have watched it in syndication for years now. I was wondering in which ways were you similar to Greg, and which ways were you different? I bought your book by the way, which is completly awesome, but ruined my image of the wholesome family! lol..I read that the episode ''Where theres smoke'' sent you into your descend of years of smoking..(I'm 21 and ATTEMPTING to quit) What other ways did the show influence you? ~Jenna

A: If you have read Growing Up Brady you already have a pretty good idea of the similarities and differences between Greg and me. One thing always to keep in mind I was playing a fictitious character - a character who thought he was real.

Q: [by sal_dibiase28] Hi Barry – Love your committment to interact with fans – very nice. What is the main differences you see in families today, as opposed to the epitome of family life,(bradys) in the 70's? What would you like to be different in today's families?

A: The Brady’s have always been an idealistic look at family life. Wouldn’t it be nice if all of life’s problems could be cleared up in 30 minutes? I would like to see the same things in families today that we exemplified with our show. Good communication, fairness, one for all all for one, and consideration.

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