During the ‘70s, America got to know our favorite families on the small screen: The Brady Bunch! Even though the show did not get critical acclaim or the best ratings, it still saw plenty of success over the years. Things changed for it when it finally went into syndication, which was when it finally became popular among teens and children. The show has since spawned spin-off movies and reunion shows. It has been nearly five decades since it first came out, but it still remains a cultural icon. But how have the cast members been doing since then? Well, that is what we are here to find out!
Robert Reed (Mike Brady)
Before this actor took on the role of Mike Brady, he took up drama at both Northwestern University and then London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. Once he was done with his studies, he went back to the United States. He joined an off-Broadway theater group known as “The Summer Shakespearewrights” and then landed his first big acting role in 1961. We are referring to the role of Kenneth Preston, a recent law school graduate that he played in The Defenders.
Reed After The Show
It was seven years after his onscreen debut that he bagged the lead role in The Brady Bunch. He is best known for playing the family man on the show! As Mike Brady, he stole the hearts of the viewers. He starred in the spin-offs and worked on smaller projects before he started to teach drama at the University of California – Los Angeles. In 1992, he passed away at the age of 59. At first, it was said that he died of colon cancer, although it was eventually revealed that AIDS exacerbated the condition.
Florence Henderson (Carol Brady)
Did you know that Florence Henderson was born in 1934? The actress is famous for bringing Carol Brady to life on The Brady Bunch. Before she played the matriarch on the show, she was best known for starring in Broadway musicals like Fanny and Wish You Were Here. The actress has always been a dancer and singer. She was only two years old when her mother taught her how to sing. By the time she was 12, she was already regularly performing at her local grocery store!
Henderson After The Show
After the show, she continued to enjoy a successful acting career and even became the first female co-host of The Tonight Show. In 2008, she had an even bigger opportunity with the launch of The Florence Henderson Show. Aside from that, she also made appearances in The King of Queens, The Cleveland Show, and 30 Rock. She reached the 54th spot on the Entertainment Weekly list of 100 Greatest TV Icons. Unfortunately, the actress passed away on Thanksgiving in 2016. She had been 82 years old at the time of her death.
Ann B. Davis (Alice Nelson)
The show would not have been the same without Alice, the wise housekeeper of The Brady Bunch. In 1969, she joined the cast of the show. Before Ann B. Davis snagged the role, she also played Tennessee Ernie Ford in The Ford Show. In interviews, she has admitted that acting was not her first choice of career. However, things changed for her when she watched a theater performance with her brother. After that, she changed her major from pre-med to theater drama!
Davis After The Show
Alice proved to be a very popular character on the show. As a matter of fact, Davis was one of three actors who was in every single The Brady Bunch episode. After the show, she reprised the role in six different spin-offs. In 1974, the actress made her decision to leave the entertainment industry. She then joined an Episcopalian religious community and moved to Denver, Colorado. In 2014, she passed away. She had been 88 years old at the time.
Eve Plumb (Jan Brady)
What a talented person! Eve Plumb is an actress, painter, and singer who made a name for herself by playing Jan Brady in The Brady Bunch. Even before she joined the cast to play the middle sister in 1969, she was no stranger to Hollywood. The truth is that her acting career began when she was still young. In 1966, Plumb started her career by working on TV commercials. She also landed lead roles in TV shows such as The Virginian and It Takes a Thief.
Plumb After The Show
The actress received a five-year offer to reprise the iconic rule in reunions, but Eve Plumb turned them down. Apparently, she was looking to play more dynamic roles. This might be why she took on projects like Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Ruaway. To this day, she continues to appear in TV and film projects every now and then. Aside from that, her work as a painter has received critical acclaim. At the moment, she works in her studio in Laguna Beach, California. She paints using acrylics, watercolors, and oils. If you want to buy one of her pieces, get ready to pay anywhere from $65 to $2,450.
Mike Lookinland (Bobby Brady)
Born in Mount Pleasant, Utah, Mike Lookinland was born on December 19, 1960. This means that he was only nine years old when he was cast to play Bobby Brady, the youngest son, in The Brady Bunch. This role made him a star. He appeared in the reunion specials of the show as well. At one point, VH1 gave him the 42nd place on its list of the “100 Greatest Kid Stars.”
Lookinland After The Show
When The Brady Bunch came to an end, Mike Lookinland went on to reprise his role in six spin-offs. Later on, however, he started working behind the camera and served as a production assistant in a number of movies. He has said that Robert Reed, his onscreen dad, influenced his love for the cameras. Apparently, Reed gave a Super 8 camera to every member of the cast! At the moment, Lookinland runs a business that produces decorative concrete. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Barry Williams (Greg Brady)
Fun fact: this actor has been passionate about acting ever since he was young. Barry Williams always had his eyes set on making it big in the entertainment industry. The eager young man even asked advice from Peter Graves, his famous neighbor. At the age of 11, he changed his last name to Williams. Aside from that, he also took scene study courses and worked with an acting coach. In 1965, he finally snagged his first acting gig! Of course, we all know that his biggest role to this day is none other than Greg Brady.
Williams After The Show
When The Brady Bunch came to an end, Barry Williams released several albums and went on tour with a couple of his costars. He also went into the field of musical theater and appeared in The Music Man, The Sound of Music, Grease, and West Side Story. Aside from this, he was a guest star in Three’s Company, That ‘70s Show, and General Hospital. One of his most recent gigs was spinning ‘70s music as a Sirius Satellite Radio DJ. On top of that, he still does musical theater and public speaking to this day.
Christopher Knight (Peter Brady)
This actor launched his career when he was still very young. At the age of seven, he already appeared in TV commercials for companies such as Toyota, Tide, and Cheerios. In 1955, he got his first major role in a famous TV show called Gunsmoke. His big break only came when he was cast to play Peter Brady in The Brady Bunch, however. With his good looks and charming personality, it was not surprising that he went on to be a teen icon.
Knight After The Show
Like Ann B. Davis, Christopher Knight retired from acting when the show came to an end. In 1988, he switched careers and began to work with computers! He entered a computer company called Martec and worked as a sales representative. Mind you, he climbed the ladder and served as the vice president of various companies in the industry. In 1998, he opened Eskane Labs, his very own company. In 2003, however, he did come back to the entertainment industry. He did so as a reality star in My Fair Brady and The Surreal Life.
Susan Olsen (Cindy Brady)
The actress who played Cindy Brady on the show was born on August 14, 1961. Like a few of her costars on the show, she also got her start by starring in Ironside and Gunsmoke. When she joined the cast of The Brady Bunch, she was no more than eight years old. As Cindy, she was the youngest among the Brady children. People remember her best for playing the cute little girl. If you ask us, it is impossible to forget how adorable she was with her curly pigtails!
Olsen After The Show
Once she was done playing Cindy, Susan Olsen decided to do something different with her life. She got into graphic design and then worked at a clothing store in Malibu, California. Aside from that, she formed a company known as Man in Space. It made Converse sneakers that glow in the dark! Not only that, but she also had an LA Talk Radio show by the name of Two Chicks Talkin’ Politics. However, she ended up getting sacked after she went on a homophobic rant against a gay actor called Leon accord-Whiting. She now works as a Migraine Awareness Month spokeswoman.
Robbie Rist (Cousin Oliver)
Another California native, Robbie Rist was born on April 4, 1964 in La Mirada. He is best known for starring in Teenage Mutant Nina Turtles III. The former child actor is also famous for his portrayal of Cousin Oliver in The Brady Bunch when he was nine years old. The producers introduced the character on the show in an attempt to improve the ratings. They hoped that it was going to pique the interest of the viewers since the original kids on the show had been growing older by then.
Rist After The Show
People found Cousin Oliver to either be irritating or endearing. We are glad to hear that he later found his niche in the entertainment industry! He went on to enjoy a career that involves producing music and doing voiceovers. He worked with director Anthony C. Ferrante on the music for Sharknado. Aside from this, he also lent his voice to video game characters and anime characters. Some of his more recent projects are Buried in the Backyard and Olde News.
Allan Melvin (Sam Franklin)
This actor was born in Kansas City, Missouri on February 18, 1923. He is best known for starring in shows like The Brady Bunch, Flash Gordon and The Phil Silvers Show. In 1969, he snagged the role of Sam Franklin in The Brady Bunch. As the boyfriend of Alice Nelson on the show, he became a good friend of the Brady family. Not just that, but the character also became the owner of a butcher shop and often delivered meat around the neighborhood.
Melvin After The Show
Over the years, the actor has appeared in various sitcoms. The list includes All in the Family. He also went up the Broadway stage, although his big break in TV only arrived when he joined The Phil Silvers Show to play Corporal Steve Henshaw. Once The Brady Bunch came to an end, he spent his time doing voiceovers for cartoons. At the age of 84, he died of cancer in 2008.
Hope Juber (Rachel)
Did you know that Hope Juber wrote episodes for a TV show called The Munsters Today? However, let us not forget that she also appeared in The Brady Bunch! It makes sense since Sherwood Schwartz, the creator of the show, is her father. In total, she was in it four times. Two of those instances had been as Greg’s girlfriend Rachel. The other two times were as friends of the Brady girls.
Juber After The Show
Even though she did not have a big role on the show, she still enjoyed a successful career. In the past, she said that her father based some of the episodes on her personal life. She admitted that she did not really like that. When the show ended, she made ways in the writing scene. She also wrote a couple of spin-off movies for The Brady Bunch! She is now busy writing screenplays and music. Cool!
Maureen McCormick (Marcia Brady)
Best known for playing Marcia Brady, Maureen McCormick was born in Woodland Hills, California on August 5, 1956. She was 13 years old when she joined the cast of The Brady Bunch. It is not a stretch to call her the most popular Brady girl. Not only was she the eldest, but she was also a kind and smart girl. After the first season of the show came out, she soon became known as America’s sweetheart.
McCormick After The Show
The star sadly struggled with drug addiction and body image issues once the show ended. It must not have helped that she was typecast after playing a good-girl character in The Brady Bunch. After getting married to actor Michael Cummings, she entered rehab a couple of times. In 1995, she also released a country music album. During that period of time, she had been quite lost in life. As a matter of fact, her friends and family had no idea if she planned to come back to Hollywood at the time.
The Comeback Of Maureen McCormick
After her struggles with substance abuse and body dysphoria, Maureen McCormick made a successful TV comeback in 2007. She appeared as a contestant on Celebrity Fit Club. With her hard work and determination, she won the contest! When she was on the show, she came to the realization that her unhappiness had a lot to do with her weight gain. In 2016, she joined the 23rd season of Dancing with the Stars as one of the contestants.
Rita Wilson (Pat Conway)
This American actress was born in Los Angeles on October 26, 1956. She is better known for her work on the big screen than on the small screen. She was in hit movies like Runaway Bride (1999), Jingle all the Way (1996), and Sleepless in Seattle (1993). However, it is still worth mentioning the fact that she played Pat Conway in The Brady Bunch in 1972!
Wilson After The Show
On the show, Rita Wilson portrayed a girl who ran against Marcia for the position of head cheerleader. She shot into stardom after that! In 1988, she got married to Tom Hanks. They have two kids together. Over the years, she has been in various movies and TV shows such as My Big Fat Greek Life, The Good Wife, The Wild Thornberrys, and The Glass House.
Do you remember The Brady Bunch episode in which Bobby meets his hero, Joe Namath? The athlete is best known as the QB of the New York Jets in Super Bowl III. That season, the AFL team won against the Baltimore Colts in an upset. He appeared in a 1973 episode of the show called “Mail Order Hero.” Aside from the show, he has also appeared in other TV and film projects such as The A-Team, The Love Boat, and The Underdogs.
Vincent Price (Professor Hubert Whitehead)
In 1973, Vincent Price was Professor Hubert Whitehead in two episodes of The Brady Bunch. Apart from his unique voice, the actor was also famous for his work in a number of classic horror films. We do not know about you, but he still freaks us out when we watch House of Wax. In 1990, he also worked on a Tim Burton movie called Edward Scissorhands. It was one of his final roles because he passed away three years later.
A Feature Film
Fans were thrilled when The Brady Bunch Movie came out in theaters in 1995. It was nice to see the clan reunited again. Take a look at the photos of the actors who played our favorite characters. A couple of these people went on to be huge stars. Have you seen the movie? What did you think?
Christine Taylor (Marcia Brady)
Is Marcia your favorite girl in the Brady family? Christine Taylor went on to be a huge Hollywood star. We are sure that it has something to do with her portrayal of Marcia in The Brady Bunch Movie. Did you know that she and Ben Stiller used to be married? Over the years, she has been in Arrested Development, Tropic Thunder, and Zoolander.
Shelley Long (Carol Brady)
In the film adaptation of the show, Shelley Long portrayed the matriarch of the Brady family. She was already a big name by then. After all, the actress has enjoyed a pretty successful career in TV and film. Over the course of her career, she appeared in Cheers, Frasier, Murphy Brown and Modern Family.
Jennifer Elise Cox (Jan Brady)
When Jennifer Elise Cox was cast to play Jan Brady, it was her big break in Hollywood. Sadly, things have not gone all that well for her. She did not really find success in Hollywood. While she has not stopped acting, she only does so sporadically. On top of that, she only seems to land small roles.
Gary Cole (Mike Brady)
Do not worry if you did not recognize Gary Cole when he played Mike Brady in the 1995 film. However, the actor has since become a true comedy star. He even became a meme of sorts when he bagged the role of Bill Lumbergh in a 1999 comedy called Office Space. Aside from that, he has also appeared in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Pineapple Express, and Chuck. Mind you, he has shown us that he can do serious roles too. If you ask us, he was great in Suits, The Good Wife, and Desperate Housewives!
Christopher Daniel Barnes (Greg Brady)
Even before he landed the role of Greg Brady in The Brady Bunch Movie, Christopher Daniel Barnes was a pretty popular child actor already. Sadly, he did not achieve the same success that some of his costars did. Despite this, he remains active in the industry as a voice actor. The most notable project that he has worked on is the role of Peter Parker or Spider-Man in several video games and cartoons.
Jesse Lee Soffer (Bobby Brady)
In 1995, Jesse Lee Soffer played Bobby Brady in the film adaptation of the show. The actor has changed his career from movies to TV. In 2014 and 2015, he was a recurring actor on a hit TV show called Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. How awesome is it that Jay Halstead, his character on the legal drama, was transferred to Chicago Fire later on? At the moment, he plays the same character in Chicago P.D.
Olivia Hack (Cindy Brady)
In 1995, Olivia Hack had the chance to play Cindy Brady in the film! After this, she took on a number of TV roles. She went on to make a name for herself as a voice actress. You might even recognize her voice in Bratz, Family Guy, and Hey Arnold! She has also appeared in front of the camera in Gilmore Girls in the role of Tana Schrick.
Paul Sutera (Peter Brady)
Before he appeared in The Brady Bunch Movie, Paul Sutera had already appeared in a lot of projects. After this role, however, acting seemed to slow down for him instead. This is since he started to work behind the camera as a producer on TV shows! He has been credited for projects such as Ice Road Truckers, Redneck Island, Shark Tank, and Ax Men.