‘The Brady Bunch’ Actor Barry Williams Revealed the ‘Hardest’ Part of Day-to-Day Life on Set

by Josh Lanier

Barry Williams said the hardest part of working on The Brady Bunch wasn’t keeping a straight face over some of the plots. Or even keeping up with the other actors. The hardest part for him was the long hours.

Williams, who played Greg Brady on The Brady Bunch, told a fan that the average workday could go from sun-up to sundown.

“The hardest part was the working hours. Arriving at 6:45 in the morning until 6 or 7 at night. The greatest reward was bringing the words on pages of the script to life and making it believable.”

That’s a pretty common working schedule for a television show, but that doesn’t make them any easier. Though, it beat breaking rocks. Williams answered several fan questions in 2009 for WRAL. One wanted to know how he handled being Greg Brady.

“It was strange for me for the first few years after we stopped filming the show. I was done with it and wanted to move on. I only resented the character when it interfered with getting new work, and I became very active and successful in musical theatre and as time went on and I juggled between theatre and TV and singing I made my peace. Then I wrote a best-selling book called Growing Up Brady and I was grateful again for the show.”

Williams Talks Dating ‘The Brady Bunch’ Co-Star

As scandalous as it may sound, Barry Williams and Maureen McCormick dated off and on during the last few seasons of The Brady Bunch. Williams said it started when the cast went to Hawaii. After filming ended one night, the two snuck off to the beach where Williams had set up a romantic late-night picnic.

“In fact, I was her first kiss,” Williams continued. “And that was in Hawai’i while we were filming those episodes. We snuck away, it was a full moon and walked along the sand. Well, I knew where that was headed. Of course, I set it up.”

The couple were “on-again, off-again” and would occasionally try to hook up in his Barry William’s dressing room.

“… But every time we got to a crucial point, we seemed to be interrupted by a knock on the door,” McCormick wrote in her book, Here’s the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice.

That was by design. The Brady Bunch creator Sherwood Schwartz had his son Lloyd Schwartz keep an eye on them and break up any romantic entanglements.

“An unspoken responsibility that became part of my job was hormone patrol. The Brady kids were attractive to America – and attractive to each other. Each of them had an opposite-sex counterpart with whom they were spending an inordinate amount of time. It is only natural that relationships would begin to develop,” Producer Lloyd Schwartz wrote in his book, Brady, Brady, Brady: The Complete Story of The Brady Bunch.