‘The Brady Bunch’: Barry Williams Said Cast Coming from ‘Nuclear Families’ Was Vital to Actors’ Success

by Joe Rutland
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From his perspective, Barry Williams found having a steady home life a really important factor for success on “The Brady Bunch.”

Williams, who played older son Greg Brady, said in a 2018 interview with Closer Weekly there were things separating that cast from other “child stars of the day.”

“I don’t know if Mr. Schwartz [series creator Sherwood Schwartz] knew this at the time, but every one of our cast members, the kids, came from nuclear families,” Williams said. “There were no divorces prior to or during the time of filming ‘The Brady Bunch.’

That meant all cast members “had these families, real families, that we went back to and were stabilizing forces in our world.”

Williams Said Having Six Kids Helped ‘The Brady Bunch’ Cast

“I think that contributed heavily to our ability to mature and grow up in public, and ultimately adjust to being adults,” Williams said.

He also points out there were six kids on “The Brady Bunch,” not just a couple of them.

“And that creates a whole different dynamic because it’s not just the kid trying to figure it out,” Williams said. “There’s six of us trying to figure out what’s going on, and what all this attention is about, and the workload, the responsibilities…and so we could lean on one another.”

Lean on each other they did throughout the show and beyond. While Williams may not have had issues, one main cast member found herself in need of help.

Maureen McCormick, who played older sister Marcia Brady, was dealing with serious drug addiction. It cost her a lot of money as well as getting a bad reputation. She would go on jobs and be so strung out that McCormick couldn’t be trusted in the business.

Maureen McCormick Found Better Life Away From Drugs

While “The Brady Bunch” continued to grow in popularity syndication, McCormick wasn’t able to keep it together.

But she says meeting Michael Cummings, her husband for more than 30 years, changed everything.

“I just had a feeling that I could trust him with my whole heart and that he was so honest and such a beautiful, beautiful human being,” McCormick said. Now he caught her after a drug binge, then threatened to leave her if she ever did it again.

That woke her up, more than threats from her parents. McCormick has now been sober for many years, not returning to her drugging ways.

Having “nuclear families” was helpful for “The Brady Bunch” kids to navigate through a lot of life.

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