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 fin_lee] Hey Barry! I'm curious as to what fans say to you when they meet you for the first time. I imagine it would be like meeting someone I grew up with, yet never met, as strange as that sounds. What do people who grew up watching you every week on t.v. usually say when they encounter you for the first time? Thanks, Take Care, Lisa

A: Usually when I meet people that are familiar with me from the show they will share their experience of watching it. Often I hear "I grew up with you" or "I watched it everyday after school" or "Can you believe I watched your show every week and now my kids are watching it everyday!?".

Q: [by Vance714] Mr. Williams, How do you feel about the attire of some of today's pop icons such as Britney Spears and their influence on young girls? Thanks :) amor, Aimee

A: Happy New Year Aimee. Performers are always trying to push the envelope in style and trends and shock values. Unfortunately with today’s pop divas the removal of clothing is the direction almost all of them have taken. In some cases it’s provocative but in most I think it cheapens the girls and makes them look like "working girls" who aren’t necessarily selling other talents. My concern is not for the handful of famous singers because their environment is controlled, but for the millions of young fans who try to emulate them generally without the monetary resources or the success of their revered idols.

Q: [by danloririchman] Hello Barry and Happy 2002! I was watching the Tournament of Roses Parade on Home and Garden TV on New Years Day. Didn't you and your fellow Brady kids appear on a float back around 1971/1972? If so, do you have any recollections about it?

A: You have a good memory. Yes all of the Brady Kids participated in the Rose Parade in the early seventies. It is an honor to be a part of that parade in particular and the floats are truly fantastic. I recall that we all had to be there very early, about 5am, it was freezing cold, the parking thing was a total mess, people were very nice but my mouth ached from smiling so much and then we all went over to Robert Reed’s house for brunch because he lived right there in Pasadena.

Q: [by cdacts238] Me and my friend have a bet going we need to know if you played a small role in a movie called 'In the Best Interest of the Child'…please help i think i lost this bet….thank you in advance Carol

A: I hope you don’t have too large a wager on this because I have never heard of a movie called "In the Best Interest of a Child."

Q: [by sclub4eva] What was Your favorite episode of Hollywood 7(or as its called in America S club 7 in Hollywood) to film? and also which of their songs did you like the best? Thanx Jenn(uk huge sclub fan!)

A: I liked the episode where I, Dean their Machine of Strickland Management, first meet(by coincidence) S Club. We shot the show all over Los Angeles and then ended up out at the aviation "cemetery" with all of those stored passenger planes.

Q: [by alwaysgo] Mr. Williams, Happy Holidays! Did you and the other Brady kids ever win an Emmy or any other type of award for acting and singing. Thank you, Tony

A: Florence Henderson, Christopher Knight, Susan Olsen and I were nominated for a Cable Ace Award for Best Actors in a Comedy Sketch. This was a spoof of then current movies for the Annual MTV Movie Awards hosted by Eddie Murphy. The Brady Bunch was never a darling of the critics and did not win any awards I am aware of. Sherwood Schwartz would always say it is a show for the TV viewing audience.

Q: [by roxy_mango] Hi Barry, how was your Christmas? Well, for Christmas my parents gave me Growing Up Brady and it's really good so far. Towards the beginning of the book, you mention that your real name is Barry William Blenkhorn, and you changed it to Barry Williams. My question is: Were the other Brady cast members' names their real names, or did they change their names also?

A: It’s kinda funny, I have never thought of that before. I am the only member of the "kids" that changed his name. The reason I use Williams, besides William being my middle name, is that it is easier to spell and to remember.

Q: [by alwaysgo] Mr. Williams, My question is when you did the Brady Bunch were you friends with child actors of other tv shows from that era such as the kids from "Lost In Space", "My Three Sons" and "The Partridge Family"

A: Often we would run into other actors and singers. For instance doing talk shows and the Jackson Five were the musical guest. In fact Chris Knight and Michael Jackson were pretty close friends. I knew Bill Mummy from Lost In Space, Danny Bonaduce, Bobby Sherman, the Osmonds from award shows or other events but I wouldn’t say we "hung out" together. Schedules are very difficult to coordinate between filming, touring and recording it doesn’t often leave much time for socializing.

Q: [by rubyeye324] Hey Barry- how did you celebrate Christmas and what are your plans for New Years?

A: The holidays are a very busy time in the Williams’ family. My nephews birthday is Dec. 23, Mom’s birthday is Dec. 24, Christmas, and then my parents anniversary is Dec. 31. This year the family was all together in Los Angeles. I celebrated New Years in New York and visited Times Square at 6pm and then went home to watch on TV. It was cold and getting very crowded.

Q: [by Vance714] Dear dear Mr. Williams, You and I both share is the love of Elton John's music. Have you ever met the sir? If so, please gush!! Much obliged! pax,Aimee

A: Yes, briefly after a concert he did at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. I had just enough time to compliment him on the show and tell him how much I enjoyed his music. I didn’t want to get to know him too well, in my mind he is simply the greatest and I don’t want anything to change that image.

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