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 CrunchyTadpole] Hello Barry! My name is Leslie and I'm 17 year old. I just want to say that I love the Brady Bunch. I watch it all of the time when it airs on Nick At Nite. My question is…do you ever just relax at home and watch episodes of the Brady Bunch? I've always wondered if celebrities watch their own television shows when they air. Thanks so much!

A: I have been watching some of the new "pop-up" versions of the show. I think they are pretty funny and I have learned things that I didn’t know.

Q: [by suziestylc] What is your favorite food/meal? I feel compelled to ask as I had a dream where you said you never ate vegetables, lol!!!!

A: Don’t know where that rumor started. I eat tons of vegetables usually with every meal.

Q: [by samannhill] What School did you go to?

A: Palisades High School and Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA

Q: [by brian.westlake] Hi Mr. Williams–do you have any recollection of a Grateful Dead reference in one of the Brady episodes? I believe it was an exchange between Greg and Alice with Alice saying something to the effect "well, if they're dead why are they grateful?" or something like that. Do you remember that exchange and/or episode? Thank you very much–Brian

A: I don’t recall that exchange with Alice. However for the real expert on The Grateful Dead get a hold of Michael Lookinland - he went to over 100 of their concerts.

Q: [by ecitysilver] I was born in 1965 and grew up watching the show. You seem so grounded and at ease with your career, and what must seem like a never ending connection to the character of "Greg Brady". Can you tell me what or who you consider to be the biggest Positive influence on Barry William's character?

A: There is a combination of elements. My family was and is very supportive and grounded. I have had wonderful teachers such as Jack Rosenberg. I have had a sincere desire to make the most of my talents which has put me on a path of gratitude for all the wonderful things I have, the opportunities, and special people in my life.

Q: [by edavila99] Hey Barry – How do you and the rest of the "Brady Bunch" cast honestly feel about seeing another group of actors(some not even born when you originally aired) portray your "family" on the big screen in 2 successful movies("The Brady Bunch Movie" and "A Very Brady Sequel")? Is there any sense of possessiveness to it? I ask this because I'm a musician and time and time again you hear new artists cover songs that were once popular and a whole new audience thinks it's a "new" song and doesn't really know the history or the original artist and the "new" artist walks away with the credit!

A: I can only speak for myself. It is odd to observe someone do a "take-off" on our show and the characters. The projects though aren’t really related. For instance, Betty Thomas set out to do an entirely different type of show with The Brady Bunch Movie than Sherwood Schwartz did with the TV series. She succeeded and I think both have their place.

Q: [by hopsing1032] Hi Barry , How do you feel about Brady Bunch episodes being cut by allowing for more commercials ? Don't you feel that classic shows like The Brady Bunch should be shown as they originally aired?

A: I don’t like the fact that minutes of the show are replaced with commercials when shown on cable. The shows were carefully constructed and the edited versions leave gaps. There is little that can be done but I know many of the episodes are being released on video in their entirety.

Q: [by seraphap] Hiya Barry! During your days filming BB, did the any of the Brady kids(on or off camera) switch roles, just for fun? I'm asking this because at a recent improv game playing as the Brady kids, we switched gender roles a half hour in(ie the guy playing Greg became Marcia, and vice versa), and it was a total riot imitating the "actors" of the opposite sex!

A: No, we didn’t do much gender bending when we were filming the show. That requires a little time and distance from the project. It’s a fun thought though.

Q: [by angeldeedee16] Hey Mr. Williams, I'm only 16 years old and love the Brady Bunch. I especially liked the movie "Growing Up Brady". It was so awesome. This question really isn't about you but about the movie itself. There's a scene where u invite Maureen to you're house and after you guys swim you go to you're room and listen to you're speakers. A song is played and I have no idea what it's called. I really like it and i was wondering what song it was and who sings it. Thanks so much.

A: The song is Crimson and Clover by Tommy James and the Shondells released in 1969. Other songs by the group: Crystal Blue Persuasion, I Think We’re Alone Now and Mony Mony.

Q: [by bribeck32] Hi Barry! I have been a huge fan of the Brady Bunch for many years. At 35, I still very much enjoy the old shows. I have a rather dumb trivia question, but I would love to know the answer. During the shows in Hawaii, the character, Bobby, found a tiki doll which you wore around your neck while surfing. Do you have any knowledge of the whereabouts of the original prop? I wondered if someone owned it, or if it was lost forever in some "prop warehouse" or "studio basement". I appreciate you taking the time to answer my question. Thank-You for so many years of television enjoyment!!! Sincerely, Brian G. Hoch

A: Like you I was very interested to learn what had become of the Tiki. Despite repeated attempts I was unsuccessful at getting my hands on it. Then it reappeared in A Very Brady Sequel so I redoubled my efforts. A year and a half ago I was producing Growing Up Brady at Paramount for NBC. I mentioned I needed to use some of the props that had also been used in the movie. Alone I went to the storage facilities and I am happy to say I have the Tiki in my possession and wear it when I do my shows around the country.

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