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 katz112] Hi Barry, Just wondering why it never "rained" in one episode of BB? Or for that matter-any type of bad weather. I know CA has them, such as earthquakes. Was there a policy for BB to always have nice sunny episodes??

A: There was no specific policy but remember we were living in Bradyland. Of course it is always "sunny." If a cloud rolls in you can bet it will be sunny again soon. I honestly don’t know why rain was never a factor in our episodes but it is an interesting observation .

Q: [by Rverginia] Hi Barry: I have enjoyed following your career over the years. I was wondering, How is it that so many child actors from the same generation as you, had so many troubles with drugs, alcohol, overdoses, etc, and none of the "Brady Kids" seemed to have gone through any of these things. A couple of years ago I have the fortune of taking a tour of the Paramount lot. Mostly, the tour guide gave us a tour of Where Greg was caught smoking, the big tree, your high school. Do you ever get to "just walk the lot" to revisit your past?

A: It has long been my contention that Show Business attracts the people least capable of handling fame. And if "fame" happens there seems to be no end to the creative ways people can mess up there lives. The Brady’s had a lot going for them. We are a large group and had support amongst ourselves and our families. Thank goodness we are all a successful taxpaying never been to jail bunch. I work at Paramount quite often so I do visit frequently. I filmed Growing Up Brady there, and just finished working on David Spade’s Dickie Roberts movie a few weeks ago.

Q: [by alexastockz] Hi Barry well let me start by saying your in two of my all time favorite The Brady Bunch an Sclub 7's third season Hollywood 7. What was it like working with Sclub7 they are my favorite band? What are Sclub7 like in real life, not tv, are they nice? Did you enjoy making Hollywood7 its my favorite season? What is Paul Cattermole like in real life? Do Sclub7 prerecord their songs before the show? Did you like playing their manager? Did you guys make alot of mistakes and goof alot or forget lines during filming? What was YOUR FAVORITE episodes of Hollywood7 and The Brady Bunch? that's all.

A: I had a great time playing the manager for S Club 7. They are a great group of performers and we all got along fine. They work very hard because their manager has them filming, recording, touring, and doing publicity all the time. So sometimes they were a little tired out, but that’s understandable. Their music is prerecorded as is standard for filming TV and movies.

Q: [by theflyingmantis] Aloha Mr. Williams. I have a very odd(and if fans still do this) question. My question is, do fans ask you to visit them in the hospital?! I remember back in the '70's, when fans were ill and in the hospital, they would ask their favorite celebrity to visit them. Do they have those things?!

A: This is not the kind of request that "goes out of style." Yes there are special requests for contact, in fact there is an entire charity devoted to just such wishes. It is called The Make A Wish Foundation. Throughout the year I am fortunately able to accommodate many such requests.

Q: [by tldbtr] I recently obtained a copy of the Run For Your Life episode 'Hoodlums on Wheels' that you were supposedly in, but I did not see you in that episode. What did you play in that episode?

A: If you have the full episode, I play the young NYC street hoodlum helping Ben Gazzara find his man. The scene, my first in television, takes place on the stoop of a "New York" neighborhood. It opens with me burning ants with a match.

Q: [by ES] Barry what's the Buzz on bad tattoo's? Would you have an American Bald eagle wearing a fez cap tattooed on your arm ?

A: Sure. Bald eagles are the coolest. If you do it right do the wings on the back of your arms, the body on your back, the beak at the nape of your neck and include lots and lots of feathers. Of course you have to hope you don’t change your mind later and wish you had never tattooed your body in the first place. Keep on groovin’ Barry

Q: [by ErinSmith28] I was wondering, do you ever watch the reruns of the Brady Bunch? If you do, do you think it is weird to see your self on T.V.?

A: Sure, I occasionally watch a rerun. No, I don’t think it’s weird. That’s how I grew up, on the show. To me it is like watching home movies. I recall what was going on behind the scenes and what was going on in my life at the time. Plus there is enough distance that I am not embarrassed by the "stylish" clothes.

Q: [by camel1963] Hi, Barry, I will be 40 this May and have been watching your show the Brady Bunch since the beginning and am still watching it at present. What are you doing this year? Musically? Acting?

A: I have several projects I am involved with. I am helping to produce a new musical on Broadway called "Listen To My Heart, The Songs of David Friedman" which will open in May at Studio 54. I am a spokesperson for Airborne, a terrific cold preventative and for Club de Soleil in Las Vegas which is vacation ownership - check it out on the website. I am planning to expand my live act to Las Vegas and around the country. I also have development deal for TV Movie projects with NBC and Fox.

Q: [by bobdog24] Barry, A few years ago a buddy and I were doing some backpacking in the mountains of Northern Thailand and stopped for the night in a small village near the border with Myanmar. This village was without electricity, running water, etc. The host told us that according to custom, the village children would sing us a traditional song if we would sing a traditional song from our country. We finally agreed upon the "Brady Bunch" theme as that was the only song we both knew the words to and let'er rip when our time came to sing. I was a bit surprised when people from various countries joined in belting out the tune in their own language after hearing…. "Here's a story, of a lovely lady, Who was bringing up three…." Question — Have you ever been surprised that people from foreign countries know who you are?

A: All the time! I guess I shouldn’t be though. The Brady Bunch plays in 142 different countries and in practically as many languages. It is pretty amazing. Thanks for sharing your story. Take care.

Q: [by pgsigns] I Love Watching the Brady Bunch. The intro Eminem Parody is too cool. I was looking at the episode of you and Marcia having a driving competition in that Land Yacht Chevrolet Caprice Convertible, My Mom had a 1973 White Caprice with Burg. Vinyl top, They Were so Big ! Give us your thoughts and recollections of wheeling that Albotros around those cones !

A: All I can tell you is that I am an expert driver who in real life could have negotiated those cones with no problem whatsoever. Even if it required some navigation, which it did, it was no problem. I consider it an ultimate sacrifice for the good of my job that I had to unwillingly allow Marcia Brady to beat Greg, when everyone knows this is not even plausible. Thank you.

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