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Barry Williams didn’t have to go far to get advice on how to become an actor. At age 4, he simply asked the man next door to his family’s Pacific Palisades, California--home--actor Peter Graves (“Mission: Impossible”)-- who was then starring in the series “Fury.” A few years later, Williams followed the traditional route for child actors, and after studying film acting, soon made his television debut as a pre-teen in a guest-starring role on the series “Run for Your Life.” He went on to guest-star on other series such as “Dragnet,” “It Takes a Thief,” “Adam-12,” “Marcus Welby, M.D.,” “Mission: Impossible”(with his old neighbor, Peter Graves!), “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.” and “That Girl.”
His work on “That Girl” caught the attention of the director, John Rich, whom he credits with bringing him to the attention of producer Sherwood Schwartz when “The Brady Bunch” pilot was being cast. Williams starred in the blended family comedy series as the oldest son, 14-year-old Greg Brady, during the series’ run from 1969-74, and he reprised that role in the subsequent Brady Bunch reunion television projects such as “The Brady Bunch Variety Hour,” “A Very Brady Christmas" and “The Bradys.” In addition, he has made more than 150 episodic television appearances on series such as “Three’s Company,” “Full House,” “Highway to Heaven” and “Murder, She Wrote.”
After the series ended, Williams turned his attention to theater, appearing on Broadway in “Romance, Romance” and in the title role of “Pippin.” He was in the national touring companies of “City of Angels” and “Victor/Victoria,” and has starred throughout the country in productions of “They’re Playing Our Song,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Oklahoma!” “The Music Man,” “Born Yesterday,” “West Side Story,” “I Do! I Do!” and “Man of LaMancha.” He also tours corporations and colleges nationwide with his one-man show on the history of “The Brady Bunch,” and has headlined in Las Vegas.
In 1992, Williams wrote his memoirs of his days on “The Brady Bunch” with co-author Chris Kreski, and the book, “Growing Up Brady…I Was a Teenage Greg,” sold more than 300,000 copies, remaining on the New York Times’ bestseller list for more than three months. Recently, Williams updated the book with additional chapters for its re-release as a special collectors edition. The book is the inspiration for the NBC World Premiere television movie of the same title (Williams is co-executive producer).
Last October, Williams released the Good Guy Entertainment CD titled “The Return of Johnny Bravo,” a send-up of a character from “The Brady Bunch.”
Williams works out of New York City and resides in Connecticut with his wife.
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