‘The Brady Bunch’ Star Mike Lookinland Spoke Out on the Show’s Tiny Budget in 2019

by Joe Rutland

Talk about being tightwads. “The Brady Bunch” pretty much stuck around its set and star Mike Lookinland had a few words to say about it.

In a 2019 interview with the Deseret News, Lookinland, who played Bobby Brady, spoke out on what he faced a lot.

“The times when we got to do something different for once, instead of just putting on our jeans and T-shirts, and stand on your mark and say your lines,” “The Brady Bunch” star said.

“It’s very expensive to gear up and get off the lot and go on location somewhere, and very expensive and the Brady budget, those were two things that did not go together. So we almost never left the set.”

The show, though, did have episodes shot in places like the Grand Canyon and Hawaii. Those were exceptions to the rule in keeping in line with “The Brady Bunch” budget. Lookinland pretty much would leave show business soon after its cancellation in 1974.

He would return for reunion shows and, around the time of this interview, was part of HGTV’s “A Very Brady Renovation” show. That would fall in line, a bit, with what Lookinland was doing at that time. He operates a business that makes specialty concrete in Salt Lake City, Utah.

‘The Brady Bunch’ Star Learned Hard Lessson About Finding Work In Hollywood

As we said, Lookinland would exit, stage left, from show business pretty much after “The Brady Bunch” left ABC’s lineup.

But he also learned a valuable lesson about finding work in Hollywood.

“Right after ‘The Brady Bunch,’ I did ‘The Towering Inferno’ [a 1974 movie] and that was a huge epic,” Lookinland said in an interview for the DVD of “The Brady Bunch Variety Hour.” “Script’s 250 pages or something and that took four months. And then, 20th Century Fox wanted to cast me in ‘Swiss Family Robinson,’ which was a new series.”

Well, Lookinland didn’t want to do that series. Just how does a young child actor get out of it? Let’s hear his side of the story. Lookinland’s parents forced him to get on the phone.

“I didn’t want to do it,” Lookinland said. “My eighth-grade class was going on a ski trip in the middle of winter. And my parents wouldn’t turn it down for me. They made me get on the phone and say to the producer, ‘I haven’t had a vacation in six years and I just don’t want to do your show.'”

What Lookinland said next probably can ring true for some other actors in the business.

“You don’t turn down work in Hollywood if you want to get work in Hollywood,” he said. “Really. Know what I mean? Because nobody called me again after that.”