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 davecinnj] What's the best song ever written?

A: Have a Sunshine Day ’cause it always makes me smile.

Q: [by Rsim1] Hi Barry! I heard a sound clip of The Real Greg Brady and I thought it was great! Have you ever met Eminem and do you like his work? Also,have you ever been to the Florida Keys? That's where I live and if so did you like it? Thanks!!!!

A: I have a lot of respect for Eminem although I have not met him. He has a lot of anger and I think he gives a voice to many kids who are a bit confused and angry and this lets them vent. I love the Florida Keys. It must be a great place to live. I love the ocean, boating, fishing, scuba diving, water skiing and you have all of that and more!

Q: [by Betaman8] Hi. Why wasn't the part where you get high, and have to go on the set in the movie of "Growing up Brady"? Also, where can I find a copy of "Wild in he Streets", I think its out of print, and my video store doesn't rent it out.

A: The scene you are referring to comes from the chapter "Up In Smoke" from Growing Up Brady. In the original versions of the script it was included. However time constraints and a gentle nudge from NBC caused us to stick to other plot points. Maybe in the sequel? I’m not sure where to find Wild In the Streets. Have you tried

Q: [by Trip7slady] Hey Barry, In the episodes set in Hawaii was that ugly old hairy spider real or fake?? It looked real to me, yuck!

A: There are some things you just cannot fake. Big hairy spiders cannot be faked. I recently watched the James Bond film Goldfinger again and that movie also included a lethal eight legged creature. If you look closely when the creepy one is crawling up the arm of our hero you can detect a glass barrier between his silken touch and that of Mr. Bond. No such tricks were employed when one brave Christopher Knight allowed that South American tarantula to take a walk on Peter Brady. No stunt man, just a brave kid who probably didn’t know any better. We were assured by our "spider wrangler" that his pet was not too poisonous and I reassured Chris that I was there to save him. Fortunately no mishaps - even the spider didn’t receive any injuries. Wanna try it sometime?

Q: [by KSEN1957] Barry – My question is about the time you filmed at Kings Island in Cincinnati, Ohio. At the time, I wanted to come up and get a glimpse of the Bradys. I thought it would be impossible. However, in your book you mentioned how easy it was for fans to find you. Was it scary for the cast to know that all these kids could find you so easily? It would have been so neat to have met you guys back then. Have you been back to Kings Island since then or ever plan on going back? I always think of Bob Reed when I ride the roller coaster and how afraid he was to ride it. It's really neat to know that the Brady Bunch as standing in the same place at one time many years ago.

A: Thanks for writing. I recall the King’s Island visit clearly. It wasn’t so much frightening as it was inconvenient. Don’t get me wrong I love to meet those that enjoy our show but for two weeks we couldn’t take a shower in total private. I’d like to meet you now, perhaps under different circumstances.

Q: [by CareMinded] Who are your parents and what background in movies, etc., inspired you?

A: My parents have been very supportive of my career, but I am the only one in my family that has pursued "the business" - unless you count my Mom teaching tap dance to the neighborhood kids when she was sixteen.

Q: [by Jeff.Rose] Barry, how did you first get started in show business. Did your parents have entertainment aspirations for you and lead you in that direction?

A: I wish I had an exciting story of how I was "discovered". The reality is that it was my idea, I took acting lessons, both group and private beginning when I was 11 years old, got an agent, and got going.

Q: [by koolkatwood] Dear Barry, I'm from Lancaster, PA. Unfortunately I missed the opportunity to see you in concert down at the square. I just wanted to know how did you liked your visit? Hopefully someday I'll get your book, I did watch the movie, did that really happen with golf cart did you really take tiger and the kids for a joy ride?

A: Sorry you didn’t get to see the show in Lancaster. We all had a great time and I got to see my friends KC and the Sunshine Band. The answer to your question is no. We didn’t actually drive Tiger around the Studio on the golf cart. What I was trying to show, with the help of the writer, is that we had free reign around the studio... and often abused the privilege. Letting us be kids helped keep our heads on straight.

Q: [by thbell] Barry, I loved your CD. Whose idea was it? Will there be another one?

A: I have wanted to record a pop CD for several years. Good Guy Entertainment approached me about recording and basically gave me free reign on selections and direction. I chose songs that were meaningful to me and ones I thought would be enjoyable for everyone else. It was a first CD which means I anticipate doing another one next year. While The Return of Johnny Bravo is largely "cover tunes" the next will be original and mostly likely will include some very interesting duets and guest artists. Thanks for writing. Barry W.

Q: [by LEWISJ1] In the episode where you guys make a card house, how did you make sure that it didn't fall over?

A: I hope this doesn’t wreck it for you but there were small metal wires that ran through the cards so they wouldn’t fall, that is until the property master wanted them to.

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