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 mrmegabuzz] Barry, One of the male members of the Brady Bunch is rumored to be a dedicated follower of the Grateful Dead, I believe its even mentioned in one of the pop-up videos which I have unfortunately not seen yet. Could you please settle a dispute among friends, is it you or Bobby that has seen over 100 shows? Thanks from the Philzone

A: The dedicated follower you are referring to is Michael Lookinland. He has seen over 100 Grateful Dead concerts over the years. Needless to say is a huge fan of theirs and enjoys the music and the environment they created.

Q: [by Vance714] Dear Barry – What do you make of all this real TV?? See ya, Aimee

A: I am not a fan of the "real" TV I have seen. First of all it isn’t real. You cannot put a camera on someone and then have them pretend to act natural and call it real. There are production values, and segments and commercials etc. That said I don’t want to see everyday life on TV. It is boring. I want to watch sitcoms, dramas, history, movies, game shows and the news.

Q: [by jsilver625] Hi Barry: I've been a huge fan of the Brady Bunch since I first started watching it in the 70's during its original syndication release(way before Nick at Nite and TV Land). I absolutely adore the show and have the uncanny ability of being able to name the episode correctly within the first 15-30 seconds of the opening scene. Knowing that you speak in the latest edition of "Growing Up Brady" about the plight of child actors, I would like to know if you have any children, and if you would let them pursue a career in show business.

A: I do discuss this in Growing Up Brady in a chapter called, "Child Actor... To Be Or Not To Be". It is my opinion that there is one time to be a child and a lifetime to be an adult. The required disciplines of working on a set take away much of the freedom kids normally enjoy. It is sequestered and is a very adult world. Also the art of acting requires experience which child actors don’t have. The roles are largely superficial and not layered with the depth of more complicated adult roles. I say go to school, study acting if you want and then after graduation move to Hollywood or New York. I don’t have children.

Q: [by carlosmichael28] What was it like acting alongside Vincent Price? He has long remained an actor whom I admired and respected.

A: Vincent Price was one of the most professional actors we had during our entire run with the Brady Bunch. He was a professional through and through. He was the first to the set and the last to leave. Despite his "Scary Movie" familiarity he was a very gracious and kind man. We all really enjoyed having him be a part of our show. Did you know that three years later he also was a guest star of ours on another show -- The Brady Variety Hour?

Q: [by Jst2wrk] Was it fun being on the Weakest Link?

A: Yes and yes. Ann Robinson was very funny with our group and made being a part of the show very enjoyable. I was disappointed I didn’t get to go a few more rounds but we all got to contribute $$$ to our respective charities. I was pleased for Christopher - he gave it a very strategic turn.

Q: [by suziestylc] You have such an incredible voice; do you have plans to do another musical? Keep on keepin' on!!!! Suzie

A: Thank you Suzie. I am sure there are many more Musicals in my future. I have been in over sixty different productions over the years and I have no plans to stop anytime soon. Stay tuned to the website for information about everything that is coming up and being planned. Hopefully I will be coming to your city. Keep on groovin’ Barry

Q: [by fin_lee] Hi Barry! I'm 36 and grew up watching The Brady Bunch. I view your television "family" as almost an extension of my own family, somehow. Now my 8-year-old daughter has discovered the show and loves it. I've noticed from watching the show for the second time around, just what excellent comic timing you have. Especially the episode where your football team steals the rival team's mascot, Raquel the goat. My question is: Do you prefer comedy to some of the dramatic work you've done? Take Care, Lee.

A: I do enjoy comedy. It is trickier and more things can go wrong,(like it isn’t funny), but it’s challenging to find ways to bring the scenes to life.

Q: [by sarrenos] I've seen you in several Adam-12's & Dragnet episodes. You mention Jack Webb in your book, but I wonder if you could expound on your experience with Jack Webb or Mark 7 productions. Thanks. Cheers to your site.

A: I appeared in one episode of each Dragnet and Adam 12 - both of which were produced by Jack Webb. I recall running into him at Universal Studios. He said he was going to run the episode in which I appeared every year at holiday time. I was happy he remembered me. It made me feel good to know he liked the episode.

Q: [by angusoy] Hi Barry! We all have read how it was like working with Robert Reed and Florence Henderson, but what was it like working with Ann B. Davis? She seems like she was a wonderful actress and very funny.

A: Ann B. was very professional when she was working. Not a lot of wasted time or energy. She liked to get to the point. I learned quite a bit from her regarding discipline and focus. I would have liked to do a play with her but she has retired now.

Q: [by Asked by Many Fans] Barry, hope your family is safe after the tragedy. What advice would you give to help out or try and over come this terrible incident?? It's so sad and depressing some times.

A: I think each of us needs to connect with this tragedy in their own way. A way that makes it real and personal. Everyone is affected by what has happened. Pulling together, making gestures, donating money, time, volunteering, saying prayers are all a part of the healing process. It is so horrific that it is difficult to comprehend so just starting with a little quiet time of reflection may be a good place to begin.

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