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 CMcBroo] What was it like to for you and Marcia being the oldest?

A: Well, it’s very much like being the oldest in a real family. We had more responsibility and had more privileges, but the best part was we got to boss the other kids around.

Q: [by theoldmoviefan] Do you ever listen to classical music like Judy Garland?

A: Sure I love Judy Garland’s music. A few years ago I had a chance to work with her daughter, Lorna Luft, in a production of Grease. She played Sandy. She had loads of stories about her mother and I became an even bigger fan. By the way she is producing a TV Movie about her Mom based on her book. (Kind’ve like what I did with Growing Up Brady.) Her music was mostly from the fifties and sixties and there are a ton of artists I enjoy from that period. Tony Bennet, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Shirley Bassey to name a few. I think of it as classic "Pop" music.

Q: [by staggs_christopher] Barry, I enjoy EVERYTHING on the BRADY BUNCH, my question is: When the cast gets together for reunion movies how come nothing is mentioned of the cousin Oliver and did Robbie Rist want to appear in the reunion show?

A: The character Cousin Oliver was added late in our fifth year of filming to try and keep the story lines younger. Why they didn’t want to grow everyone up is mystery. You know, Greg goes to college, Marcia becomes a fashion designer etc. When we began doing our reunion shows Cousin Oliver was not made to be a part of the stories so the focus could remain on the original characters.

Q: [by SLDuffy] Hi Barry…I recently saw(AGAIN!!) the episode "Getting Greg's Goat" and never noticed until now that it was directed by Robert Reed. Knowing about his painful efforts for realism on the show, what was it like with him directing the episode as opposed to others?

A: He approached all of the episodes with the same type of grounding. He attempted to take whatever the situations were and make them as believable and real as possible. Doesn’t everyone try to hide a goat in their bedroom??

Q: [by l.good] Barry, I was just reading how you are going to be performing on the Billboard Music Awards, and I was wondering did you or any of the Brady cast get to present awards at award shows like the Emmys, Golden Globes, Peoples Choice Awards or any other award show? If not did you go to any as guests when you were on the show or after? I think I remember seeing you on an MTV awards show a few years back. Do you like the whole awards show thing.

A: Susan, Chris, Florence and I did parodies for the MTV Movie Awards a few years ago. We were nominated for a Cable Ace Award for our performances. I have had fun attending the Grammies, the Academy Awards, and the Emmy Awards over the years but don’t recall presenting. I had a gas on the Billboard Awards show two weeks ago. It was great fun to have the "comedy" spot with the entire music industry watching.

Q: [by penpals] What is the most interesting letter you have ever received.

A: I just received one that was awfully strange. A gentleman from Oklahoma wrote to tell me how much he enjoyed watching the Brady Bunch and then asked if it would be too much trouble to send him a hundred dollars, an autograph and a picture of me... naked. Plus, if I was ever in town he’d like to take me out for dinner. It takes all kinds. Thanks for writing and happy holidays everyone.

Q: [by kayla_r622] Hi, I saw you on the Billboard Music awards performing "The Real Greg Brady." Did you enjoy that performance?

A: The Billboard Music Awards was one of the most enjoyable performances I have ever given. It was such fun to be a part of the show and meet Christina Aguilera, Brittany Spears, Creed, Faith Hill etc. I am glad you had fun watching it.

Q: [by franktpf] Do you like country music? Do you like George Strait?

A: I like all kinds of music including country. George Strait is a great musician and singer. I had a chance to meet Garth Brooks recently and that was a thrill. Did you know he is a Brady Bunch fan?

Q: [by] Is it easier acting on T.V or Broadway? I saw you in the Sound of Music and I fell in love with it! I was happy when you came out. I really wanted to meet you.

A: It’s not so much a question of easier or harder, they are different. I think performing live on stage is more rewarding because you get to go from the beginning to the end without stopping, but I like to go from one to the other. Next time you see me live please come backstage and say hello.

Q: [by spalmer] Did you ever get to ad-lib or improvise while doing a scene? What's an example?

A: Sure, that happens fairly often. The other night one of the actor’s in Sound of Music didn’t make a costume change in time for their entrance and I had to fill in the gap by improvising the scene until they came onstage. That is something that is practiced frequently in acting class and it sure came in handy.

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