‘The Brady Bunch’: Bobby Actor Mike Lookinland Spoke Out About Post-Show Battle with Alcoholism

by Madison Miller

On the classic sitcom, “The Brady Bunch,” Mike Lookinland played Bobby Brady. He was the youngest of the Brady children with a wild imagination.

On the show he was clever and he would often dream about all the possibilities in store for his future. It would be anything from race car driving, being a cowboy, or even an astronaut.

In “The Bradys,” his character is a professional race car driver. He becomes paralyzed after a bad crash. While he is going through therapy to recover, he marries his girlfriend at the time, Tracy.

Clearly, Bobby on the show went through a lot throughout the sitcom and its spinoffs. However, Mike Lookinland went through his own battle after the show was over.

Mike Lookinland’s Battle with Alcoholism

In 2013, Lookinland opened up about what it was like to be on a show at such a young age. Similar to many young people in the entertainment industry, they struggle with the idea of losing their childhood. Many huge names like Shia LaBeouf, Lindsay Lohan, and Miley Cyrus had to cope with learning to grow outside of the entertainment world they had been in starting at a young age.

According to HuffPost, he lived out his childhood in his 20s, since his earlier life was full of adult responsibilities.

“I loved alcohol. First time I had a drink, oh boy, I thought it was the greatest thing in the world … When it became clear that the choice wasn’t between sobering up or drinking, but the choice was actually between living or dying, then it became a simple choice for me,” Lookinland said in “Oprah: Where Are They Now?”

At the time of the article, Lookinland celebrated 16 years of sobriety. He is married to his college sweetheart. They have two children together as well.

He’s also has a pretty drastic career change as well. Mike Lookinland has taken on a career in making decorative concrete countertops. It is something he considers “more real that I could do myself.” After 20 years in film production, he says that it was a fake environment that doesn’t offer people the chance to be completely genuine.

At one point, his alcoholism had become very dangerous to his personal wellbeing. In 1997, he totaled his 1990 Ford Bronco in a car accident in Utah while he was a cameraman for “The Promised Land.” His blood-alcohol level was three times the legal limit.

He was arrested and released on $1,500 bail. Lookinland made the choice to quit alcohol after that incident.

After The Brady Bunch, Lookinland Became a ‘Deadhead’

After “The Brady Bunch” and 20 years in the film industry, Lookinland looked for a new direction in his life. He found that in making countertops and starting a family.

He has been a “Deadhead” for a long time now as well. This is what intense fans of the band Grateful Dead call themselves.

In an interview, Mike Lookinland says that his love for the band started the day before New Years in 1978.

Since then, he has gone to over 100 Grateful Dead concerts and shows. The band Wonderful Broken Thing even recorded a debut album that had his name in the title. The album is “Looking For Mike Lookinland.”