The Brady Bunch is a story of a blended family, comprising of six kids, parents and a wacky housekeeper. It sounds like a simple plot, right? But, the show was complex enough, characterized by wholesome fun, relatable characters, and some valuable lessons. When the show started half a century ago, no one would have imagined such success. Started as a typical TV sitcom, it grew into a syndicated monster throughout the years, spawning numerous reunions, spin-offs, theatrical/tv movies, parodies and many more. It’s not only the re-runs and cast reunions that keep the show alive, but also the stories and the lessons remaining relatable to date. Recently, HGTV bought the Bradys’ house for $3.5 million, $1.615 million more than the listed price. Today, we are here with the details of post The Brady Bunch career of the Bradys.
#1 Maureen McCormick as Marcia Brady
Maureen played the eldest daughter, Marcia Brady, with perky and popular personality in The Brady Bunch and reprised her roles in several Brady Bunch spin-offs and movies, including The Brady Bunch Hour, The Brady Kids, The Brady Brides and A Very Brady Christmas.
In the 80s and 90s, she ventured into stage acting, appearing in Peter Pan and Grease. She also had a brief career as a singer and released four albums with The Brady Bunch cast. Later in 1995, she released a country album, When You Get a Little Lonely. However, her professional success was overshadowed by the downfall in her personal life. She got addicted to cocaine and Quaalude and also struggled with depression and bulimia.
She confessed her story in her 2008 memoir, Here’s the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice. She became the winner of the reality show, Celebrity Fit Club, in 2007 and hasn’t been much active in recent years.
#2 Eve Plumb as Jan Brady
Eve played the middle sister, Jan Brady in the sitcom. The story lines which included her embarrassment over not having a boyfriend, insecurity over wearing glasses and concerns over her future, were just what fans loved the most. After the show ended, she also took part in The Brady Bunch follow-up programs, including spin-offs, reunion specials and feature films. In addition to that, she also recorded several albums with her TV siblings.
However, she was the only original cast member who didn’t reunite for the variety show, The Brady Bunch Hour, which led to various accusations that she didn’t wanna be associated with the Bradys. Following that, her most notable role came as a teen prostitute in the 1976 movie, Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway. In her later years, she has indulged in painting but hasn’t quit acting. Now, at the age of 60, she is still active making guest appearances in various TV shows.
# 3 Susan Olsen as Cindy Brady
She played the youngest of The Brady Bunch girls. Her TV role as Cindy had made her childhood difficult because her friends used to shun her as they couldn’t understand her character and real life. After the show, she hasn’t focused on acting. In fact, she moved to graphic design. She was also a radio talk show host, an artist, and an animal-welfare advocate. She also co-wrote a coffee table book entitled Love to Love You Brady’s detailing the Brady Bunch Variety Hour. In 2016, she got fired from the radio show, Two Chicks Talkin' Politics, after a gay actor, Leon Acord-Whiting, accused her of homophobia.
#4 Barry Williams as Greg Brady
After achieving a huge success playing Greg Brady, the eldest son, William continued with guest roles on television shows like General Hospital, Three’s Company and That ‘70s Show. He also got involved in musical theater touring with productions like The Sound of Music, Grease, and West Side Story. He also starred on Broadway shows, Romance/ Romance and The Pippin.
In 1992, he co-authored an autobiography, Growing Up Brady: I Was A Teenage Greg, with Chris Kreski. The book became a New York Times bestseller and was later adapted into a movie, Growing Up Brady, in 2001. He later launched The Greg Brady Project in 2007, a fan portal for those who loved the show. After Florence Henderson’s demise in 2016, he is the oldest surviving cast of the show.
#5 Mike Lookinland as Bobby Brady
Mike played Bobby Brady, the youngest son of the famous TV family. Apart from his collaboration with The Bradys and guest roles in various shows, he is known for his appearance in the movie, The Towering Inferno, where he shared the screen space with Jennifer Jones and Paul Newman. Currently, Lookinland operates a decorative concrete business in Salt Lake City.
#6 Christopher Knight as Peter Brady
Peter Brady was the clumsy middle son who dressed up like a girl scout and had a squeaky voice. After the show, Christopher and his TV brother, Barry remained good friends and appeared together as a gay couple in an episode of That ‘70s Show. He remained away from the glamour world and became a businessman after the show ended. Later, he returned to host game shows likeTrivial Pursuit: America Plays and Make Me Rich.
#7 Robert Reed as Mike Brady
Reed, who played a widowed architect with three sons sadly passed away of colon and bladder cancer and HIV in 1992. He reprised the role of Mike Brady in numerous reunion shows. Later, he took home two Primetime Emmy nominations in 1976 for his guest roles in two episodes of Medical Center and his appearance in mini-series, Rich Man Poor Man. His work in another mini-series, Roots, earned him his third Emmy nomination. He also made a name for himself through his roles in The Defenders and The Mannix.
#8 Florence Henderson as Carol Brady
The matriarch of the series passed away of heart failure in 2016. After The Brady Bunch ended in 1974, she appeared in several follow-up movies and shows. Over the years, she also worked in several films and hosted long-running cooking and variety shows, including The Florence Henderson Show, and Who's Cooking with Florence Henderson. She was one of the 12 celebrity contestants in Dancing with the Stars (2010), where she partnered with pro dancer Corky Ballas.
#9 Ann B. Davis as Alice Nelson
The actress, who had already cemented her place in the show business with her two Emmy-winning role in The Bob Cummings Show, became more famous after playing the part of the housekeeper, Alice Nelson in The Brady Bunch. After the show, she reprised her role in Brady Bunch TV movies and spin-offs. In the later years, she focused on theater and appeared in productions like Crazy for You and Arsenic and Old Lace. In 1994, she published a cookbook, Alice’s Brady Bunch Cookbook including the recipes from The Brady Bunch. She passed away on June 1, 2014, at the age of 88 and her death came as a surprise as she was in good health for a woman of her age.
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