Happy Birthday Barry Williams: Celebrating ‘The Brady Bunch’ Icon as He Turns 67

by Joe Rutland
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Outsiders, let’s wish “The Brady Bunch” star Barry Williams a happy 67th birthday and take a tour through his life and career.

Williams, of course, played the oldest son Greg Brady on the ABC family sitcom. He was a part of the cast for all five seasons. Williams was born on Sept. 30, 1954, in Santa Monica, Calif., as Barry William Blenkhorn.

While he’s been a TV sitcom star, Williams has done other things, too. His guest-starring appearances before “The Brady Bunch” included “Adam 12,” “That Girl,” “The Mod Squad,” “Mission: Impossible,” and “Gomer Pyle USMC.”

After the sitcom ended, Barry Williams got involved in musical theater. He appeared in “Grease,” “The Sound of Music,” “West Side Story,” and others.

‘The Brady Bunch’ Star Is Still Close With The ABC Sitcom’s Cast Members

Today, “The Brady Bunch” star is the oldest living cast member. He took that role after Florence Henderson, who played Carol Brady, passed away in 2016. Yes, Williams has done other things beyond the sitcom but he does not mind talking about the show.

“‘The Brady Bunch‘ has been an integral part of my life,” Williams said. “It’s a show that has been with me now for over 50 years, and I consider the cast members a second family. I know that there is interest and curiosity around the show, and I’m happy to oblige.”

Williams made his comments in an interview with Closer Weekly. He said that he’s cool when people ask him about the show years later.

Williams Grew Up Next Door To Major TV Star in Peter Graves of ‘Mission: Impossible’

Another thing the actor is quite proud of is the connection between all members of the sitcom’s cast.

“We have a very unique experience in common,” Williams said. “We grew up with the show playing family members and went through all of the changes in our growth in front of the world.”

When looking back upon his life, Williams had a very interesting next-door neighbor. Actor Peter Graves was starring in the CBS spy thriller “Mission: Impossible” as Jim Phelps. It would lead Williams to ask Graves about acting and, eventually, find his own place as an actor, too.

Williams talked about Graves with Mike Deeson on MeTV on May 26. Deeson wanted to know how Graves changed his life. Williams talked about how the actor was an inspiration to him in his career.

“He had a big influence on me, and that influence did get me into acting,” Wiliams said. “He was doing a show in the ’50s called ‘Fury’ about a horse who couldn’t be ridden by anyone but his adopted son. [The son] was a little older than I, but I totally related to it.”

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