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 Trip7slady] Hi Barry, I was wondering if you and your family were watching the Brady Bunch on Friday nights along with the rest of us? And what piece of the Brady Bunch set would you like to see in the Smithsonian? I vote for the horse by the stairs. Cheryl

A: It may surprise you to know that after the first year I rarely watched our show. Not because I didn’t like it but because it made me too self conscious. I did however watch all of the episodes when I wrote Growing Up Brady and it was a trip to re-live our early filming years. As for the Smithsonian I would like to see them recreate the whole living room and throw in a few costumes with it.

Q: [by SDofash] Hi Barry! I think "The Brady Bunch" is the best ever! I read that your favorite episode was the Johnny Bravo one. I was wondering is their an episode that you didn't particularly like? Also Barry, can you tell me what your favorite food is?

A: I guess my least favorite episode was the one where Marcia and Greg had a "drive off". I don’t know how anyone could really believe that Greg would lose a driving contest to her. Favorite food? Cheerios

Q: [by danloririchman] Congratulations on getting the role of Captain Von Trapp, one of the best loved roles in the history of American theater. One question, how does it feel doing a role that actors such as Theodore Bickel, Richard Chamberlain and Christopher Plummer have portrayed. Pretty awesome company, Barry. Hope to see you when you come to Texas.

A: It is awesome to be in such great company as the others who have taken on the role of Captain von Trapp. One of things that is rewarding about doing the role is that it is so challenging which is what I expect attracted those men to take it on.

Q: [by roxy_mango] Hey Barry, I'm a 13 year old fan. I love everything about the Brady Bunch. Well I have been studying about the current US presidential election in school, and I was just wondering, who are you voting for? I'm a big Bush fan, but I'm just curious to know who you're voting for you and why. Thanks so much! Love Always, Stephanie

A: This has been a particularly difficult year to make a decision for voting. I had to rely a little on what Greg Brady would do - and I guess we all know he was a "Bush" man.

Q: [by boyscout10] Are any of your albums available at record stores and did you record the song that was featured in your Full House appearance?

A: Yes both records, The Return of Johnny Bravo and The Real Greg Brady, are available at Sam Goody’s or on my website. No, I did not record the tune you heard on Full House.

Q: [by kat] If the wipeout in the Hawaii episode wasn't planned did Robert Reed and Florence Henderson really run out to the ocean to save you, or when you had the wipeout was that recorded over and then Mike and Carol came out to save you as part of the show? Know what I'm asking? Who saved you when you had the wipeout if it wasn't Robert and Florence? Also on Nick@Nite there was this second look things like a rewind at something odd, and its when the family except Bobby were jumping on a trampoline and I think it was because Bobby had sprained his ankle falling off a tree, from a tree house and was afraid to get his feet off the ground, know that episode? In the second rewind it shows I think Greg calling Jan Eve, and Florence calling Peter Chris. Did this really happen, and was it an error that you and Florence made? Hope you know what I'm talking about and thanks for any of my questions you answer.

A: While we were filming we had a camera set up near the surf line in the water. When the crew saw me hit the coral two of them dove in as well as my father and brother who happened to be watching from the beach. Fortunately, I gave them thumbs up that I was okay and didn’t need to be rescued, but that did put an end to my surfing for that trip. Regarding Brady mistakes: too often we would confuse our real and character names, sometimes during filming. Almost always they did not make it to the airwaves, but as you accurately pointed out some escaped the watchful eye and ears of our editors.

Q: [by 07] Dear Mr. Williams, What do you think about the web page Napster?

A: I am a fan of Napster. I think it’s a great idea to be able to download music and share it with friends. I have a problem with commercializing it and trying to cheat artists and companies out of their rightful profits. Hopefully some type of compromise can be found.

Q: [by purpleladydi99] Hi Barry, What was the funniest thing you did this summer?

A: The funniest thing I did this Summer? I was getting on a plane for Phoenix and ended up in a seat on a plane going to Dallas. I discovered the mistake when the pilot made his announcement "Welcome aboard..... and we’ll be landing in Dallas..." just in time to get off that plane, but I missed my scheduled flight and had to go later. Such is life on the road.

Q: [by Kak210] Why, in all the Brady family reunion shows, did the original Sam never return to portray himself? I know he went on to star in "All in the Family" as Barney. Did this have anything to do with it?

A: I know that "Sam" was always invited to reprise his role for our reunions, unfortunately scheduling conflicts prevented him from rejoining our cast.

Q: [by JBaum9000] Mr. Williams: When Brady Bunch cast members(such as Greg or Marcia) had to appear at a school setting where were they filmed? Did the producers of the program use actual high schools that cast members went to as part of filming?

A: We usually stayed right on the Paramount studio lot. It is pretty amazing how a set decorator can transform buildings and landscape to resemble almost anywhere. It was much more convenient and cost effective to not leave the studio for a location.

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