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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 30 September 1954Santa Monica, California, USA
Birth NameBarry William Blenkhorn
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Barry William Blenkhorn grew up in Santa Monica, California and, after he turned 4 years old, he became one of those annoying kids who were bound and determined to get into show business. He was neighbors with actor Peter Graves whom he idolized and asked for advice on how to become an actor and his response was that he just thought about it. At the age of 11, he changed his name from Barry William Blenkhorn to Barry Williams. He then got an acting coach and took some scene study courses in Sherman Oaks and took courses for film and television techniques which later he landed a lead role in an educational school industrial called "Why Johnny Can Read" and landed roles in TV commercials. Then he had guest roles in TV shows such as Run for Your Life (1965), Here Come the Brides (1968), It Takes a Thief (1968), Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969) and Mission: Impossible (1966), but then success came for him when he landed the role of "Greg Brady" in the blockbuster hit family sitcom series The Brady Bunch (1969). After the first season, he and his TV siblings made a Christmas album signed by Paramount Records which sold terribly as critics called them 6 kids who couldn't sing so Barry took singing lessons and released a single by the same record company called "Sweet Sweetheart" hoping to have a solo album released but producers thought he should wait for that moment while he was making records with his TV siblings as they made 3 more records, did summer tours and had their own animated TV series The Brady Kids (1972) on which some of their songs were featured. After the series ended in 1974, Barry started performing solo in concerts and then took up musical theatre and landed numerous successful roles in shows like "Pippin", "West Side Story", "Oklahoma", "Movie Star", "Grease", "The Music Man", "Romance/Romance", "City of Angels" and "The Sound of Music" and still did the odd acting appearance in front of the camera like in Police Woman (1974), Three's Company (1976), Highway to Heaven (1984), Murder, She Wrote (1984), and a stint on the daytime soap General Hospital (1963) and the MTV series Hollywood 7 (2001) as well as in all the "Brady Bunch" reunion shows. In 1978, he did try taking a shot at pursuing a solo career and signed up with Private Stock records but their label went out of business. However, in 1999, he did release a tribute album called "The Return of Johnny Bravo" doing cover songs that expressed him as a singer as well as celebrating 30 years of The Brady Bunch (1969). He continues to do musical theatre as well as touring with his music and public speaking.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Greg Russell Tiderington <gregtiderington@shaw.ca>

Spouse (2)

Eila Mary Matt (30 January 1999 - 25 January 2005) (divorced) (1 child)
Diane Martin (July 1990 - 1992) (divorced)

Trivia (22)

In 1992, Barry wrote "GROWING UP BRADY...I Was a Teenage Greg", which spent more than three months on the New York Times bestseller list.
Was fined $50,000 by Actors Equity for appearing in a non-Equity tour of "The Sound of Music." It was believed to be the largest fine ever imposed by the union. [January 2001]
Lost to Danny Bonaduce in a celebrity boxing match.
Peter Gabriel's song "The Barry Williams Show", from the album "Up", was not intended as a reference to Barry Williams; it wasn't until after the song was written and recorded that Peter Gabriel found out that there was an American actor named Barry Williams. To make up for this, Peter Gabriel invited Barry Williams to appear in the video for the song.
24 January 2003 Son Brandon Eric Williams born
Hosts a program on Sirius Satellite Radio's Totally '70s channel Sunday thru Friday from 2pm to 6pm.
Ranked #22 in VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Kid Stars"
The Brady Bunch (1969) co star Christopher Knight was best man at his first wedding.
Is portrayed by Adam Brody in Growing Up Brady (2000).
Friend of Deborah Gibson.
In addition to "The Sound Of Music," Barry's stage credits (both on and off Broadway) include: "West Side Story" (he was Tony), "Grease" and "Oklahoma!".
Father, with Elizabeth Kennedy (XVI), of daughter Samantha Rose (b. 2012).
Appearing in hilarious series of TV ads for Airborne Cold Remedy with other veteran TV stars (Charlene Tilton, Butch Patrick, David Hedison, Johnny Whitaker and Phyllis Coates). [February 2004]
Will appear as "Mr. Howell" in a South Florida production (and world premiere of) "Gilligan's Island: The Musical" that can be seen in January 19 & 20, 2007, at the Tennessee Williams Theatre, in Key West and February 2-11, 2007 at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, Coral Springs, FL. In this production, he will appear with fellow classic television star, Dawn Wells, who portrays "Mrs. Howell". [December 2006]
Starring in "Church Basement Ladies 2" at the New Theatre Restaurant in Overland Park, Kansas through November 2009. [September 2009]
(1996-) Does musical theater as well as public speaking.
Co-host, with Erica Shaffer, of an infomercial for TimeLife's "70s Music Explosion" collection. [2006]
His acting mentor was Florence Henderson.
His paternal grandfather was an English immigrant (from Middlesbrough, Yorkshire), and his paternal grandmother was Scottish. His mother's ancestry is English and German.
Credits Florence Henderson as his favorite acting mentor/best friend.
Has admitted many times in interviews he was once Florence Henderson's boyfriend, in real-life. He's 20 years her junior.
He has played the same character (Greg Brady) in six different series: "The Brady Bunch" (1969)_, The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie (1972), The Brady Kids (1972), The Brady Bunch Variety Hour (1976), The Brady Brides (1981) and The Bradys (1990).

Personal Quotes (4)

[When asked if he had dated Florence Henderson in real-life]: It was flattering that she gave me any attention at all. So what was clearly an example of a nice lady humoring her young co-star instead gets turned into 'Greg Brady is dating Carol Brady!'
[on his on- and off-screen chemistry with Florence Henderson, who played Carol Brady]: When those little things called hormones start kicking in, you get excited by even inanimate objects. It wasn't that I sought to bed her. I just wanted to spend time with her.
[Of Florence Henderson]: I did have a crush on her - I was also, like 16. I think that my approach to going out and Florence's were slightly different. Did I wish maybe in Fantasy world that it could turn into a romantic encounter? Yes, but the reason that I asked her to go out was to talk about music and performing. I would go to her sometimes when I was struggling with issues. Before my name was called and I was ready to go out, Florence appeared at the theater backstage. It's this kind of loyalty and support and caring... thus is the way she was in life with people. I learned so much about how to be in public from her graciousness.
[About Florence Henderson's sense of humor]: Well, she kept the mood, very, very delight. She would do anything to make people laugh. She like to tell jokes, sometimes, she like to tell off-color jokes. Things that Carol Brady would never say. She was able to 'reign us it,' and keep us in line.

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