Have you ever wondered what happened to the stars of popular shows and where they are today? I know I do… that’s why this week I chose to see what the Brady Bunch clan is up to today!
The Brady Bunch was an extremely popular TV show that ran from 1969-1979. The show was about the adventures and daily lives of a large family brought together after the marriage of two widowed parents, Mike and Carol Brady. Carol brought three daughters, Marcia, Jan, and Cindy, into the marriage while Mike brought his three sons, Greg, Peter, and Robby. The classic storyline revolved around the family’s sibling rivalries, and other typical issues that come along with growing up. So where is the Brady Bunch today?
Mike Brady – The father of the family was played by Robert Reed passed away in 1992 at the age of 6o. After Robert’s career as Mike Brady came to an end, he appeared in several other TV shows and TV movies. Some of his more recognizable roles were his appearances in Roots, Hawaii Five-O, Charlie’s Angels (TV series), The Love Boat, and his final role in Jake and the Fatman in 1992.
Carol Brady – The mother of The Brady Bunch, played by Florence Henderson, is still alive and well at the ripe age of 78. Florence got her start on Broadway before appearing on The Brady Bunch but stuck with TV after the show ended. Florence appeared on The Love Boat, ABC Afterschool Specials, Ally McBeal, The King of Queens, and just last year, Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated as a the voice of Ruby Stone. Florence has written a novel and even appeared on Season 11 of Dancing with the Stars in September of 2010. Though her dance career did not last long, her appearance proves that she is still as lively as she was in The Brady Bunch.
Marcia Brady: Marcia, the oldest daughter, was played by Maureen McCormick who is now 55 years old. Maureen faced some troubles with drug abuse and addiction after her role on The Brady Bunch came to an end. Her reputation in the business was lost when she showed up to a Steven Spielberg audition high on cocaine. However, Maureen went through several bouts of therapy and turned her life around for the better. She is perhaps the best known of the bunch today, but more so for her personal life than for her appearances on TV or in movies.
Greg Brady: The eldest of all the children, Greg was played by Barry Williams, 57 years old today. Barry did not find much success in television after the conclusion of the Brady Bunch and instead focused on musical theater. Barry performed in Grease, The Sound of Music, and the West Side Story. Along with his stage work, Barry appeared on a few shows as a guest. In 1992, Barry wrote an autobiography that stayed on the New York Times Bestseller list for three months. Today, Barry has three shows in the works, Flea, Bigfoot, and You’ll Never Amount to Anything. The future in the entertainment field looks brighter still for Barry Williams.
Though there are four other Brady children, I found these ‘main’ characters to be the most interesting! If you are interested in what happened to Jan, Cindy, Peter, and Robby, IMDb is a great place to start! I think it is interesting to see that even through the huge changes the TV and entertainment industry has gone through, these actors still appear in the business periodically whether we realize it or not.
This search got me thinking and leads me to wonder where the TV stars of today will be in 20 to 30 or more years; addicted to drugs? still appearing in the business? or living a normal life? Only time will tell but maybe these four people are a good indication of the broad range of futures for actors. What do you think? Who is your favorite/least favorite TV entertainer and where do you think they will be in the future? Just a little food for thought… leave a comment!!! :)
Have a Fun and Safe Spring Break Madison!