The Brady Bunch star Barry Williams opens up about his time on classic sitcom: ‘The years were very intense’

Barry Williams is speaking out about his time on the hit sitcom The Brady Bunch.

The actor, who played eldest son Greg Brady on the long-running comedy show, revealed to Today Extra hosts David Campbell and Belinda Russell that the most intense years of his life were during his time on-screen.

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“The years were very intense years for me,” he said. “All my teen years, 14 to 20, were on The Brady Bunch.”

Williams noted that the kids on the show all grew up together and often felt “awkward” about the audience noticing their physical changes.

“There were a lot of changes,” he added. “You could hear the voice changing, you could see the hair changing, you could see the growth spurts going on with all of us. So, it was sometimes awkward and sometimes fun. But I’ve always enjoyed people watching the show.”

But despite the challenges, Williams stressed that he loved being a part of the five-season sitcom and that the cast all still keep in touch.

“We maintain our relationships, we’ve seen all the major events of our lives together: marriages, children sometimes marriages that split. Now our children are graduating,” he said. “We’ve always had a Brady family together. I’m fortunate that I’ve been able to diversify and do different things.

“But the Brady has always been very much constant and certainly because it’s never been off the air, people have made that connection and it’s very solid. So that’s mostly what I get recognised from and that’s fine by me, I feel like I have a nice relationship… A multi-generational relation with so many different people.”

Five of the original stars of The Brady Bunch — Christopher Knight, Mike Lookinland, Susan Olsen and Williams — joined the cast of Lifetime’s upcoming holiday movie Blending Christmas, starring Haylie Duff and Aaron O’Connell.

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“We had a great time making this movie,” Williams told Today Extra. “It is definitely a Lifetime Christmas happy-ending movie.”

In 2019, the Brady Bunch cast also reunited for A Very Brady Renovation, which saw the Brady kids taking part in renovating the interior of the original family home to look like the set.

“We took the house that was just used for the exterior photograph and turned it into what exactly our set looked like,” Williams, who starred in every Brady Bunch episode recalled. “That took more than a year to do and they did an excellent job of recreating it almost to perfection.

“That was a great chance for us to be together on camera but not playing our roles. I was just ‘me’ and Maureen McCormick was Maureen McCormick and not Marcia Brady.”

Williams also explained the impact the Brady parents, Robert Reed (Mike Brady) and Florence Henderson (Carol Martin), had during their time renovating, as well as while on the original show.

“Every time we walked into the house as it was evolving with the reconstruction, we all sensed their presence there,” he said, “I made a toast to Robert Reed and Florence Henderson and Ann B. Davis because they were such an integral part — an important, significant part — of the show. They really grounded the show while the kids were going through their stages of life.”

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