‘The Brady Bunch’: Greg Actor Barry Williams Revealed How He Didn’t Spiral Downward after Child Acting

by Keeli Parkey
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An all-too-often occurrence for actors who become famous at a very young age is a sad downfall later in life. For some, that downfall takes place during their teenage years. For others, it doesn’t happen until adulthood. Fortunately, some child stars are able to avoid this downfall. One of these lucky individuals is an actor made famous for his role on “The Brady Bunch.”

That actor is Barry Williams. He rose to fame thanks to his role as Greg Brady on “The Brady Bunch.” Greg was the oldest of the Brady sons on the wildly popular sitcom.

Williams talked about his experience on the show in his 1992 memoir. The name of that book was “Growing Up Brady: I Was a Teenage Greg,” according to an article by the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette.

So, what does he attribute his ability to rise above the sadness that plagues other child stars? Williams reportedly said that that success came about out of luck.

” … you are a child actor who did not become a drug addict or fall off the map. What do you attribute that to?” the interviewer with the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette asked.

Here’s what Barry Williams had to say:

“Luck. The truth is I diversified my career and have been successful in many different facets of show business. That is what I think has allowed me to continue moving forward or not disappearing, let’s say. I have been successful as a stage actor in musical theater and worked on Broadway.”

In addition to “luck,” Barry Williams had hard work on his side after “The Brady Bunch” came to an end. He was also able to work in the movies, as well as a DJ and singer. Williams is also a published author.

Having such a diversified career is an asset. This has helped him stay away from the drug scene that has drawn in so many other actors who share similar childhood experiences.

“In addition to doing a television series, I had other shows and movies that I’ve done. I wrote a best-selling book about growing up with ‘The Brady Bunch.’ I was a DJ for Sirius radio for five years. … toured all over the country as a singer and recorded albums and CDs,” Williams reportedly said. “There is a show I am currently doing in Branson called ‘’70s Music Celebration.’ It’s my company, my show. I produced a new series coming on Great American Country. So I just think it is diversity.”

Now in his sixth decade on this earth, Barry Williams said he is looking forward to what is still in store for him, according to the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette article.

“I’m comfortable with the success that I’ve had. But also it is an ongoing process,” Williams said. “You know, I just turned 60, and I’m all energized and I’m ready to start off on a completely new challenge. I think I am more comfortable in my skin because I have a lot less to prove and I’m grateful for a lot more.”

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