Like many child actors, star of The Brady Bunch, Christopher Knight felt that he couldn’t escape the show as he grew older. As the years passed and the show became a series of repeats, Knight found himself traveling the world to places he thought he wouldn’t see fans.
It wasn’t until his trip to Australia that the actor behind Peter Brady realized that the show and his character would always be a part of him.
In 1992, Christopher Knight packed a bag and headed on a plane to the Land Down Under. Eighteen years after the show ended, Knight was just 35 at the time. The child star hoped to find relief from the craze of fans back in the U.S.
Ironically, though, a theater in Sydney premiered a parody of The Brady Bunch at the same time Knight visited. Rather than feeling frustration, Knight instead resorted to introspection.
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“I went and all I felt was this outpouring of love and I’m thinking, I’m trying to run away from this thing which is going to be in the room longer than I’m alive,” Knight told the Sydney Morning Herald. “It’s in the room before I get there. It’s me. I can’t distance me, I can’t divorce me of me and all of it presents as love and camaraderie. And it was me that was preventing that from being accepted.”
Following his trip to Australia and acceptance of The Brady Bunch’s permanent role in his life, Knight joined his co-stars in A Very Brady Renovation. The show is a reality-renovation series that features the Brady Bunch kid actors as they restore the home that inspired their set.
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Despite the decades that have passed since the last The Brady Bunch episode, Knight still receives praise from his doting fans. In fact, the Brady family helped kids in all kinds of home situations, the star reported.
“There are families that come out of the woodwork and say, you were just like my family,” Knight shared. “But many people also said, I was an only child, I was a latchkey kid, you were my family. And it worked in both instances.”
Regardless of who the fans shared their homes with, it seemed The Brady Bunch filled in the gaps of their home life as needed. For children living with big families, the show offered a sense of understanding. And for those without siblings, a taste of what could have been.
Knight continued: “There’s something about children and that place to be and who you are in the lattice of family and what you learn then is what you’ll then use the rest of your life fitting in elsewhere, outside of the four walls of the home.”