‘The Brady Bunch’ Star Made More Money on 1989 Special Than All of Original Show

by Emily Morgan
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Fans of The Brady Bunch may assume that its popularity left its stars with a pretty penny in their pocket, yet Barry Williams says otherwise. As you’ll recall, Williams starred in the beloved family as the eldest of the Brady sons, Greg Brady, from 1969 to 1974. 

While the cast from “The Brady Bunch” had to overcome typecasting, for Barry Williams, he’s gone on to excel. Decades after the series ended, he started touring in musical theater, appearing in productions of Grease, West Side Story, Romance/Romance, and The Sound of Music.

Barry Williams’ Confession About ‘The Brady Bunch’

Yet, he never forgot his Brady Bunch family, and he returned to reprise his role on various occasions. He once revealed that a Brady Bunch spinoff even made him more money than his time spent on the series. 

During a 2003 interview, Willaims confessed that A Very Brady Chrismas made him more money than his tenure on The Brady Bunch.

“I made more money doing A Very Brady Christmas in 1989 than I made in all five years combined doing The Brady Bunch,” he said. Still, “the show’s been fine to us financially and I had a No. 1 best-seller with Growing Up Brady, (which) I executive-produced for NBC into a television movie.

A Very Brady Christmas originally aired in 1989, 14 years after the original show wrapped up its successful run. In the film, nearly the entire original cast appears including Robert Reed and Florence Henderson as Mike and Carol Brady; Ann B. Davis as maid Alice; Barry Williams and Maureen McCormick as eldest kids Greg and Marcia; Christopher Knight and Eve Plumb as middle kids Peter and Jan; and Mike Lookinland as youngest son Bobby. Jennifer Runyon stepped in as the new Cindy Brady since Susan Olsen was on her honeymoon during filming.

Later, Williams embarked on his own Brady-themed project when he worked on the biographical film based on his autobiography Growing Up Brady: I Was a Teenage Greg. It starred Williams, Adam Brody, Kaley Cuoco, Daniel Hugh Kelly and Michael Tucker, and initially aired on May 21, 2000.

Williams Has Family Sitcom to Thank For Success

Although child actors can often be cursed to fail after their runs, Williams has done anything but thatThanks to “The Brady Bunch,” Williams has gone on to have massive success, especially financially. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Barry is worth around $6 million. 

Even today, he isn’t showing signs of slowing down anytime soon. He tours with the musical group Barry Williams and the Traveliers. The Brady Bunch star also hosts the satellite radio trivia show, The Real Greg Brady’s Totally ’70s Pop Quiz, which is broadcast Saturdays on Sirius Satellite Radio’s “70s on 7” channel. 

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