‘The Brady Bunch’: Barry Williams Sat Next to a Famous Actor in High School

by Halle Ames

High school is a funny place. Some people will go onto greatness, and others won’t go much further at all. At Barry Williams’ high school in Santa Monica, California, one of his classmates also became a star. 

High School Hero

Barry Williams was already a star on the big screen while attending high school at Palisades Charter High School in Los Angeles. According to Distractify, Williams was fifteen years old when he portrayed the oldest Brady Bunch son, Greg, on the hit show. 

When he wasn’t on set, the teenager was in class. But he wasn’t the only notable actor to walk the halls of the high school.  

IMBd reveals that in 10th grade, or his sophomore year, Barry Williams sat next to John Luder in Mr. Mussleman’s Spanish Class. That was back in 1970. 

Do you think they would run lines together in Spanish?

John Luder

Probably not, considering John Luder’s first paid acting job didn’t happen until 1982. It’s possible that his classmate, Barry Williams inspired him to take up acting, though. 

For this role, Luder portrayed a supermarket manager in a Winn-Dixie commercial. 

Not exactly a hard-hitting role, but hey, everyone had to start out somewhere.

Since then, John Luder has starred in movies like Hail, Caesar! in 2016, Shooting Star in 2020, and the 2013 film Saving Mr. Banks, among others. 

Luder wasn’t the only big name that has been a part of Barry Williams’s early life. 

Barry Williams’ Neighbor

Barry and his two siblings grew up in Pacific Palisades, California. With talent behind every turn in the Golden State, Barry only had to open his front door. 

Neighbor to the Williams family was none other than Peter Graves. Graves, who unfortunately died in 2010, was known for his role as Jim Phelps in the CBS series Mission: Impossible. The show ran from 1967 until 1973 and was remade in 1988, but only lasted two years.  

Considering Graves was a star two years before Barry Williams, he could have been William’s idol. 

Look at that—a chain of events that could have potentially inspired three great actors. 

Peter Graves was also featured in the movies Airplane! in 1980 and Airplane II: The Sequel in 1982. He played pilot Captain Clarence Oveur in the film.

In addition, Peter Graves appeared in over 70 movies and TV shows throughout his nearly 60-year career in the entertainment industry.