Saturday, June 07, 2008

Barry Williams

Barry Williams (birth name: Barry William Blenkhorn) is a former child star best known for his role as "Greg Brady" on the hit early 1970s family sitcom, The Brady Bunch.

Williams was born on September 30, 1954 in Santa Monica, California. He grew up near actor Peter Graves. As a young child, he constantly asked Graves for show biz advice. At age 11 Williams changed his name from Barry William Blenkhorn to Barry Williams and hired an acting coach. He also took acting classes to learn film and television techniques.

Williams quickly landed a lead role in an educational school film entitled "Why Johnny Can't Read." Williams later made his television debut in an episode of Dragnet in 1967. He followed up with small roles in other television shows, such as "Gomer Pyle" and "The Mod Squad." In 1969 Williams acquired his role as Greg Brady on The Brady Bunch and became a big television star and heartthrob for teenage girls.

The Brady Bunch was a family sitcom about a blended family - a man ("Mike Brady" - played by Robert Reed) with three boys married a woman ("Carol Brady" - played by Florence Henderson) with three girls. After marriage, they moved in together as a big, happy family. Greg Brady was the oldest male child on The Brady Bunch and was an integral character on the show. The show dealt with, among other things, Greg Brady's teenage angst and his chasing of girls.

The child actors on The Brady Bunch sometimes sang songs, in an apparent effort to attract viewers of The Partridge Family, another family sitcom that was popular in the early 1970s. In 1972, Williams and the other child actors from The Brady Bunch appeared on a music album entitled, "The Kids From The Brady Bunch." The album's most popular song was, "It's a Sunshine Day."

The Brady Bunch was a popular show during its original run and remained popular in syndication for many years after the show's cancellation. However, the show's popularity has forever typecast Williams in his Greg Brady role. After the cancellation of The Brady Bunch in 1974, Williams experienced great difficulty in obtaining new acting roles. Williams was apparently so desperate for cash that he agreed to reprise his role as Greg Brady for the 1977 television variety show, The Brady Bunch Hour. Williams later reprised his Greg Brady role in the failed 1990 sitcom, The Bradys.

Williams has also appeared in several made-for-television Brady Bunch movies, including The Brady Girls Get Married (1981), A Very Brady Christmas (1988), and The Brady Bunch Movie (1995). Each of the Brady Bunch movies has been universally derided as being pure crap.

Williams was apparently a horndog in real life, as he tried to hook up with Florence Henderson, who played his mother on the show. In 1992, his autobiography, Growing Up Brady: I Was a Teenage Greg was published. In his book, he claimed to have gone on a date with Henderson and to have hooked up with his Brady Bunch sister, Maureen McCormick. (His romantic exploits appear to have been limited to women - I was unable to find any evidence that Williams ever tried to get with the openly gay Robert Reed, who played his father on the show and actually died from complications due to AIDS in 1992).

Williams also claimed to have been a heavy drug user and was supposedly high on pot during the filming of several episodes of the Brady Bunch. Williams' book was on the New York Times' Bestseller list for three months and was later adapted into the 2000 made-for-television movie, Growing Up Brady.

The 30+ years since The Brady Bunch was cancelled have not been kind to Williams. He actually looks like he is far older than Florence Henderson, the 74-year-old actress who played his mother!

Williams seems to be desperate for cash and attention and will do practically anything to try to get his name back in the spotlight. In 2000 he released the horrible song "The Real Greg Brady," a spoof of Eminem's "The Real Slim Shady." Williams also began touring local clubs, singing various "comedy" songs. He even opened for "The Monkees" at the Hollywood House of Blues during the summer of 2001.

In 2002, Williams appeared on an episode of Celebrity Boxing on the FOX network. Williams fought Danny Bonaduce and basically got his ass handed to him. Although much taller and bigger than Bonaduce, he was pummeled, knocked down five times before the referee finally called the match during the second round.






Williams now operates a fan portal/blog entitled The Greg Brady Project. Williams also hosts "The Barry Williams Show" on Sundays through Fridays on Sirius Satellite Radio's "Totally '70s" channel.

Williams' star has faded dramatically since The Brady Bunch went off the air in 1974. Unable to deal with his loss of fame and decreased cash flow, Williams has basically whored himself out and will do practically anything for money. For this and the fact that he looks a good 15 years older than his biological age, there can be no doubt that Barry Williams is one washed up celebrity!

36 comments:

Florence Busters said...

Peter Gabriel did a song on his album, "Up", titled "The Barry Williams Show." I bet it was about Greg Brady getting gangbanged by Genesis! Do you think Phil Collins took a dump on his chest?

Anonymous said...

In the bottom photo, he kinda looks like Bob Dylan. VERY SCARRY!!

Anonymous said...

I know Peter Brady has gotten himself a young hot piece of ass...but I wonder what has become of Bobby Brady, I'm sure he must be pretty washed up these days.

Anonymous said...

Good One. He seems like a sappy goober doober who can't leave his greg brady character alone since he has absolutely nothing else going for him. Wonder if he really did bone Maureen or Florence or Robert Reed for that matter. God I am rotten. Mooohahah

Anonymous said...

You should proof-read your work. This is the first new entry in a while, yet there's about 5 grammatical errors and missing words. Your research should have easily found that he was recently on "celebrity rehab" also.

Movie Fan said...

^^^ It's easier to criticize than to create. I changed a couple minor things, although I certainly don't see five grammatical errors in this bio.

Williams' role on Celebrity Rehab was very minor and he was only there for one episode, to help Chyna, one of the castmembers on the show last season.

Anonymous said...

This section is called “comments”, not “just praise”, so I presumed that relevant criticism was welcome. I re-read the piece and found these in less than a minute. I can assure you there are more – much abuse of punctuation also.

So don’t be so defensive. These are exactly as I stated - grammatical errors. And there are lots more in your other posts too. Here are a few examples in just the Barry Williams piece:

“Williams quickly landed a lead role in an educational school industrial entitled…” (industrial what…a film? There’s a missing word)...and if it's educational, why use the term "industrial"? Which is it?

“Why Johnny Can Read” – The title was “Why Johnny CAN’T read”.

“...The Brady Bunch and because a big television star and heartthrob for teenage girls.” – huh? Because a big television star what? Do you mean “Because HE WAS a big television star”?

“...claimed to have been a heavy drug user and was supposedly high of pot during the filming of several episodes of the Brady Bunch.” – Perhaps you mean “high ON pot”??

Otherwise, I enjoy your blog.

Movie Fan said...

^^^ Thanks, I will fix those. FYI, I found the "Why Johnny Can Read" video listed on several different Barry Williams websites, including his IMDB bio. I agree that the video is most likely "Why Johnny Can't Read."

This blog gets more popular every month, so I'll try to proofread better.

Anonymous said...

I think he looks a lot better now than he did when he was younger. I think he looks good for 54, and I doubt he's had much work done on his face. I think he's had hairplugs or something.

Gay Zack said...

I love how he has a titty hardon in that silver shirt. I want to take a bloody shit all over his upper lip. I would also cum in his ears and let them dry up much like his career.

Anonymous said...

That's quite a sick, twisted imagination you have there wacky gay zacky.

Kevin' Federline's Left Testicle said...

Poor Barry. I am sure he envies Chris Knight now that Chris has a rejuvenated career of sorts. Mind you Celebrity Circus isn't much, but it's something.

Not about Barry Williams said...

For those wondering how long it would be before Dustin Diamond shows up on TV again, you don't have to wait too long.


CMT sets wrestling lineup
By Kimberly Nordyke
June 6, 2008, 01:00 AM ET

Danny Bonaduce, Dennis Rodman and Dustin "Screech" Diamond are heading into the ring to compete in CMT's upcoming reality series "Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling."

Also on board are Todd Bridges ("Diff'rent Strokes"), super-heavyweight boxer ButterBean, Trishelle Cannatella ("The Real World"), Erin Murphy (Tabitha Stephens on "Bewitched"), Frank Stallone, '80s pop star Tiffany and Playboy playmate Nikki Ziering.

JewveBeenFramed said...

Wow, what a coincidence I'm currently working on a gay version of the Brady Bunch about two muscular dudes that meet at a dumpster party and decided to start a family by gettting married and adopting a number of slender fair haired boys to bond with!

I wonder Barry would do a guest spot? I would love to have him play one of the many bums that would be needed for the opening scene of our two homo heroes meeting for the first time amongst the garbage and faeces! If you're reading this Barry give me a call!!!

Gay Zack said...

I bet Barry has a nice clean shit pipe. He more than likely has a fro around the entrance of his asshole, but at least that pipe would be so clean you could eat Arby's beef and cheddars out of it.

Anonymous said...

He was recently in my hometown signing autographs at a furniture store grand opening
HA HA

Anonymous said...

Not only washed up but VERY RUDE! I saw Barry Williams in Grease back in 1978 and when he saw fans who asked for autographs, he acted like his you-know-what didn't stink. Very disappointing for a 17 year old then...he really wasn't all that back in the day, but now he's just plain ole ugly as sin.

Anonymous said...

I gotta thank JewveBeenFramed for all the funny comments!

Booger Cat said...

heard he wears a toupee now. anyone verify that.

Anonymous said...

This is gonna sound crazy, but an older fellow who was a talent agent back in the 70's who golfs with us revealed this to us. According to him Barry had a bad coke problem in the late 70's and early 80's and began dancing in gay bars for money. Then from there he became a gay male escort this due to the advice of the Brady T.V. dad Mr. Reed said he could make some quick easy money and then introduced him to the San Francisco gay scene. So as it was stated on IMDB he was doing anything for money. I'd sweep the streets or be a Walmart greeter before becoming a gay male escort!

Jesus said...

His younger brother Peter at least married a hot piece of ass!

Anonymous said...

Come on now! The guy is close to 56 years old. He certainly doesn't appear "15 years older" than that. Puleeze.

Anonymous said...

He looks his age, not older, and is certainly more interesting than you lot.

Anonymous said...

He was never hot to begin with. He also is pretty mean from what I hear. Now Bobby Sherman, he was hot lol. Here are some more washed up celeb suggestions-David Cassidy, David Soul, Paul Michael Glasier, and the girls from The Facts Of Life (with the exception of Nancy McKeon). Oh yeah, and that Irish chick named Emma something who was on Dynasty. Never liked her.
P.S. That perv Florence Henderson doesn't look 74 cause she's had 10 facelifts rotfl. Wasn't she on that loser show Son of the Beach? Or was that McCormick?

Anonymous said...

The gay dad's name wasn't Richard; it was Robert.

Movie Fan said...

^^^ You are correct - it was Robert. I fixed it. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Ewwww...he looks like E.T. in the last photo!

the posturing (and admittedly rather irritating) little popinjay said...

Its incredible to realise that he celebrated his 1st birthday on the same day that Jimmy Dean snuffed it ! ! !.

Anonymous said...

He has a show in Branson, MO right now.

BOTR said...

The type of people that would go to Branson would get the vapors if they knew about his (supposed) gay sexual escapades.

Anonymous said...

If Greg Brady is too lazy to get a job as a diesel mechanic, why can't he resurrect Johnny Bravo as a Las Vegas themed show?

Anonymous said...

Yeah ok, Greg is a douche, but I find it unacceptable he is the only Brady you list here. Everybody know he is only the 3rd worst wash up in the family, at best.

Did you forget Marsha publicly talks about how she was a sex addicted coke whore for about 2 decades?

Did you miss Peter's midlife crisis shown to us in living color by vh1's reality television? He even had a washed up drunk ex-reality star wife as his side kick.

All that kinda makes Greg's pot smoking & him wanting to bang Carol seem pretty lame. Carol Brady was the original American MILF, can you blame him? I wasn't yet born in the late 60's, but wasn't the entire world made outta hemp back then? Who didn't toke on a big flat spliff now & then? Personally I think it was the THC that protected Greg against the curse of tat Tiki Head in Hawaii.

Anonymous said...

I wonder who has the blue 1970 cuda greg drove on the show. stupid bobby put a hole in the convertible roof.

WillyJohnWeiner said...

For those who were asking about Bobby Brady.

Bobby Brady (played by Mike Lookinland) became an alcoholic and was arrested for a 1997 DUI. (I await his entry in this site).

Considering that 3 out of the 6 Brady children developed some form of drug or alcohol problem says something for the show itself. Even some of his fellow child co stars have admitted that Barry was a giant douche who ignored them for the more mature cast.

I credit the Brady bunch (to be more specific Maureen McCormick). Seeing Maureen as a young vivacious sex kitten gave me my first erection. Maureen, you've gotten me through some lonely nights :)

Anonymous said...

I met Barry last year when he was out with friends at a restaurant. Didn't recognise him at first but he seemed like a nice guy.

Anonymous said...

I just watched a "Home of the Rich and Famous" on A&E and he just bought a home in Malibu for $3.5mm. HOW?