Then and Now: Stars Of ‘The Brady Bunch’

Published on 02/27/2020
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We all know the three-by-three grid, the catchy theme song, and Marcia, Marcia, Marcia. In the ‘70s, America had a favorite family – The Brady Bunch although the show never really received high ratings or critical acclaim during its original run. That changed when it started running in syndication, becoming popular with both children and teenagers. Because of this, numerous reunion shows, as well as spin-off movies, were made, and almost 50 years after its debut, the show remains a cultural icon. If you are wondering where The Brady Bunch cast is now, you have come to the right place because we have gathered information and updates about them!

Then and Now: Stars Of ‘The Brady Bunch’

Then and Now: Stars Of ‘The Brady Bunch’

Robert Reed (Mike Brady)

Before Robert Reed became Mike Brady, the classic family man, he had studied drama at Northwestern University and at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. After Reed graduated, he decided to return to the United States and joined the off-Broadway theater group called “The Summer Shakespearewrights.” In 1961, he finally had his first serious acting gig onscreen. He was cast in The Defenders, where he played a recent law school graduate named Kenneth Prestson.

Robert Reed (Mike Brady)

Robert Reed (Mike Brady)

Reed After The Show

Seven years after Reed made his onscreen debut, he landed the role on The Brady Bunch, for which he is most known for. The loving family man persona he had on the show stole the viewer’s hearts. Reed reprised his role a few times and starred in smaller films before he became a drama teacher at Los Angeles’ University of California. He passed away in 1992 at the age of 59 and it was reportedly due to colon cancer, but it was later revealed that AIDS had hastened his death.

Reed After The Show

Reed After The Show

Florence Henderson (Carol Brady)

Born in 1934, on Valentine’s Day, America’s sweetheart Florence Henderson is best known for playing the matriarch Carol Brady on The Brady Bunch. Before she landed her gig with the bunch, Henderson appeared in hit musicals on Broadway, such as Wish You Were Here (1952) and Fanny (1954). She was always keen on singing and dancing. At two years old, she was taught by her mother to sing, and by Henderson’s 12th birthday she was already doing regular performances at the local grocery store in her town.

Florence Henderson (Carol Brady)

Florence Henderson (Carol Brady)

Henderson After The Show

After The Brady Bunch, Henderson did pretty well for herself and went on to become the first woman to co-host The Tonight Show. She did become famous for her role as Carol Brady, but she continued to appear on TV after that. In 2008, The Florence Henderson Show started airing and she had appeared on 30 Rock, The King of Queens, and The Cleveland Show. She was ranked number 54 on Entertainment Weekly’s list of 100 greatest TV icons. On Thanksgiving in 2016, Henderson passed away at the age of 82.

Henderson After The Show

Henderson After The Show

Ann B. Davis (Alice Nelson)

Best known for portraying the quirky advice-giving housekeeper Alice on The Brady Bunch, Ann B. Davis had appeared on other well-known television shows, such as The Ford Show, which starred Tennessee Ernie Ford, before she landed her Brady Bunch gig in 1969. She has admitted in interviews that acting wasn’t really her first career choice, but after watching a theater performance of her brother, she switched from her pre-med major to theater drama.

Ann B. Davis (Alice Nelson)

Ann B. Davis (Alice Nelson)

Davis After The Show

Alice was such a popular character that only Davis and two other actors appeared on every single episode of The Brady Bunch. When the show ended, Davis went on to reprise her admired role in six various spin-off series. In 1974, she made a decision to quit show business and joined an Episcopalian religious community. She moved to Denver, Colorado, and became a born-again Christian. Davis passed away at the age of 88 in 2014.

Davis After The Show

Davis After The Show

Eve Plumb (Jan Brady)

American actress, singer and painter Eve Plumb rose to fame by portraying the down-on-her-luck Jan Brady, the middle sister of The Brady Bunch in 1969. At that point in her life, she was already pretty familiar with making appearances on screen. Her acting career started at a young age. , Plumb began landing gigs on TV commercials in 1966, and then lead to TV shows like It Takes a Thief and The Virginian.

Eve Plumb (Jan Brady)

Eve Plumb (Jan Brady)

Plumb After The Show

Even though Plumb was offered another five-year contract to reprise her role as Jan in reunion attempts, she decided turn it down. She wanted to play roles that were more dynamic, like her teen prostitute character in Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway. To this day, Plumb still appears on TV and in movies occasionally, and she is a critically acclaimed painter as well. Currently, she paints from her Laguna Beach studio in California. She uses watercolors, oils, and acrylics in her paintings, which are valued between $65 and $2,450.

Plumb After The Show

Plumb After The Show

Mike Lookinland (Bobby Brady)

On December 19, 1960, Mike Lookinland was born in Mount Pleasant, Utah. He started playing the youngest son, Bobby Brady, of The Brady Bunch at the young age of nine. His role shot him to stardom in no time. After the show, he went on to appear on many Brady Bunch reunion specials. VH1 ranked Lookinland number 42 on their “100 Greatest Kid Stars” list.

Mike Lookinland (Bobby Brady)

Mike Lookinland (Bobby Brady)

Lookinland After The Show

After The Brady Bunch ended, Lookinland played his role as Bobby Brady in six various spin-off series. Eventually, however, he decided to work behind the camera and became a production assistant for numerous movies. He credits Robert Reed, his TV dad, for influencing his love for cameras. Reed gave each Brady cast member a Super 8 camera as a gift. However, Lookinland currently operates a business which makes decorative concrete and lives in Salt Lake City.

Lookinland After The Show

Lookinland After The Show

Barry Williams (Greg Brady)

Barry Williams already started admiring acting when he was young. He was really set on getting into show business and he asked advice on how to fulfill his dream from his well-known neighbor, actor Peter Graves. He went as far as changing his original last name to Williams at just 11 years old. He got an acting coach and took scene study courses before he finally landed his first ever acting gig in 1965. He would later be known as the oldest Brady child Greg Brady, who also might just be the coolest of the bunch.

Barry Williams (Greg Brady)

Barry Williams (Greg Brady)

Williams After The Show

After The Brady Bunch ended, Williams released a few albums and went on tour with some of his Brady Bunch co-stars. Then, he decided to go into musical theater and he landed successful roles in The Sound of Music, The Music Man, Grease, and West Side Story. He also made a few guest appearances on Three’s Company, General Hospital, and That ’70s Show. His most recent gig was being a Sirius Satellite Radio DJ, spinning 70s music. In addition, he continues to do public speaking and appear in musical theater.

Williams After The Show

Williams After The Show

Christopher Knight (Peter Brady)

Christopher Knight started his acting career at a young age, and by age seven, he was already appearing in TV commercials for Cheerios, Tide and Toyota. His first major acting gig came in 1955 on the series Gunsmoke. However, fame only came for Knight when he got cast as Peter Brady, the middle brother, on The Brady Bunch in 1969. He became a popular teen icon thanks to his charming personality and handsome looks.

Christopher Knight (Peter Brady)

Christopher Knight (Peter Brady)

Knight After The Show

Christopher Knight suddenly quit acting after the end of The Brady Bunch, similar to Ann B. Davis. He changed careers back in 1988 and started working with computers. He joined the computer company Martec, where he became an excellent sales representative. Eventually, he became vice president of different computer companies before he founded his own company, Eskape Labs, back in 1998. However, Knight returned to TV in 2003 as a reality star in The Surreal Life and My Fair Brady.

Knight After The Show

Knight After The Show

Susan Olsen (Cindy Brady)

On August 14, 1961, Susan Olsen was born in Santa Monica, California. Just like other Brady Bunch stars, Olsen made her on screen debut on Gunsmoke and Ironside. She was just eight years old when she started working on the set of The Brady Bunch, where she played Carol Brady’s youngest daughter Cindy Brady, who was also the youngest of the Brady kids. She was known for the kind, little girl persona she had on the show and for always wearing two curly pigtails.

Susan Olsen (Cindy Brady)

Susan Olsen (Cindy Brady)

Olsen After The Show

Susan Olsen went on to take a different direction after playing the youngest Brady daughter, Cindy. Olsen went into graphic design and worked for a Malibu clothing store in California. She also formed her own company called Man in Space, which made glow-in-the-dark Converse sneakers. Aside from that, she became a radio personality and had a show called Two Chicks Talkin’ Politics on LA Talk Radio, but she was fired after her homophobic rant against the gay actor Leon Acord-Whiting. She is a spokeswoman for Migraine Awareness Month.

Olsen After The Show

Olsen After The Show

Robbie Rist (Cousin Oliver)

On April 4, 1964, Robbie Rist was born in La Mirada, California. Most people know him for his work in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III. He started acting when was young, and one of his earliest roles was portraying Cousin Oliver on The Brady Bunch. In an attempt to get better ratings, the directors decided to bring in a younger Cousin Oliver since the Brady children was getting older. Rist was around 9 years old when he became part of The Brady Bunch cast.

Robbie Rist (Cousin Oliver)

Robbie Rist (Cousin Oliver)

Rist After The Show

Cousin Oliver was an endearing – or irritating, as some would say – character. The actor found his niche in entertainment by doing voiceovers and producing music. He and director Anthony C. Ferrante did the music for the Sharknado film series, and Rist also voiced many characters in video games and English versions of anime. Most recently, Rist appeared in the TV movie Olde News and on the TV show Buried in the Backyard.

Rist After The Show

Rist After The Show

Allan Melvin (Sam Franklin)

On February 18, 1923, Allan Melvin was born in Kansas City, Missouri. The famous actor is known for many shows including The Phil Silvers Show (pictured), The Brady Bunch, and Flash Gordon. In 1969, Melvin landed the role of Alice Nelson’s boyfriend on The Brady Bunch, and his stock character became a close friend of the Bradys. On the show, his character Sam was the owner of the neighborhood butcher shop and often seen delivering meat.

Allan Melvin (Sam Franklin)

Allan Melvin (Sam Franklin)

Melvin After The Show

Not many people remember Melvin for his roles on different 70s sitcoms like All in the Family. He has made appearances on Broadway but his big break on television came when he became part of The Phil Silvers Show, where he portrayed Corporal Steve Henshaw. After The Brady Bunch, Melvin devoted his time to doing cartoon voiceovers. In 2008, Melvin died of cancer at the age of 84.

Melvin After The Show

Melvin After The Show

Hope Juber (Rachel)

On March 30, 1956, Hope Juber was born in Los Angeles, California. Mostly known for writing episodes of The Munsters Today, Juber did make some appearances on The Brady Bunch, which was created by Juber’s father, Sherwood Schwartz. Juber was on the show four times – twice as Rachel, Greg’s girlfriend, and twice as one of the friends of the Brady girls.

Hope Juber (Rachel)

Hope Juber (Rachel)

Juber After The Show

Juber may only be remembered as Greg’s girlfriend Rachel, but she had more to do with the success of the show. She once said that her father used her personal life as inspiration when making episodes, which she didn’t really like. After The Brady Bunch ended, Juber went into writing and made a name for herself. She wrote a number of Brady spin-off movies. Most recently, she spends her time writing music and screenplays.

Juber After The Show

Juber After The Show

Maureen McCormick (Marcia Brady)

Maureen McCormick was born on August 5, 1956 in Woodland Hills, California. Mostly known for portraying Marcia Brady, McCormick landed her gig on the hit TV sitcom The Brady Bunch when she was 13 years old. The eldest and probably the most popular of the Brady girls, Marcia Brady was everything a young lady should be – smart, noble and kind. After season one aired, McCormick soon became America’s sweetheart.

Maureen McCormick (Marcia Brady)

Maureen McCormick (Marcia Brady)

McCormick After The Show

Sadly, after The Brady Bunch ended, Maureen McCormick struggled with body image issues and drug addiction. She found it difficult to find work because of her good-girl persona on the show. After she tied the knot with actor Michael Cummings, she went in and out of rehab several times, but she did release a music album in 1995 which was a collection of country songs. McCormick was quite lost during this period of her life, and fans, friends, and family were not sure if she would ever come back to acting.

McCormick After The Show

McCormick After The Show

The Comeback Of Maureen McCormick

After battling with her body dysphoria and drug addiction for years, Maureen McCormick finally made a comeback to TV in 2007. She was a contestant on VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club and after her hard work and dedication, McCormick ended up winning the contest. Her time on the show helped her understand how her weight gain was connected with her unhappiness. In 2016, McCormick became one of the contestant on the 23rd season of Dancing With The Stars.

The Comeback Of Maureen McCormick

The Comeback Of Maureen McCormick

Rita Wilson (Pat Conway)

American actress and producer Rita Wilson was born in Los Angeles, California. She is actually more known for the characters she played in hit movies, such as the 1993 romantic flick Sleepless in Seattle, the 1996 comedy Jingle all the Way, and the 1999 romantic comedy Runaway Bride. However, she does owe part of her success to appearing on The Brady Bunch back in 1972.

Rita Wilson (Pat Conway)

Rita Wilson (Pat Conway)

Wilson After The Show

After Wilson played a girl who runs for head cheerleader against Marcia on The Brady Bunch, the actress rocketed to stardom. She married Tom Hanks in 1988. Together, they have two children. Over the past four decades, she has starred in more than 70 TV shows and films, including My Big Fat Greek Life, The Glass House, The Good Wife, and The Wild Thornberrys.

Wilson After The Show

Wilson After The Show

Joe Namath

Everyone remembers the episode on The Brady Bunch where Bobby meets football star Joe Namath, his hero. Namath, who is famously known for being the quarterback of the AFL’s New York Jets in Super Bowl III where they won in an upset against the NFL’s Baltimore Colts – appeared in the episode titled “Mail Order Hero” in 1973. Namath did many more TV and films, taking roles in The Love Boat, The A-Team, and most recently Underdogs.

Joe Namath

Joe Namath

Vincent Price (Professor Hubert Whitehead)

Born in 1911, Vincent Price portrayed Professor Hubert Whitehead (pictured right) in two episodes of The Brady Bunch in 1973. Aside from his distinctive voice, he was well known for the characters he played in classic horror films, especially for taking on the role of the villain in House of Wax. His role in the 1990 Tim Burton film Edward Scissorhands is one of his final ones. Price passed away in 1993.

Vincent Price (Professor Hubert Whitehead)

Vincent Price (Professor Hubert Whitehead)

A Feature Film

In 1995, the feature film The Brady Bunch Movie was released in theaters, which reunited the clan once more. Check out the pictures of the characters, and who played them! Some of the actors went on to become big Hollywood stars. Compared to the originals, what do you think about them?

A Feature Film

A Feature Film

Christine Taylor (Marcia Brady)

Christine Taylor was cast as everyone’s favorite Brady girl. Taylor has become a big star in Hollywood, and her breakout role was definitely playing Marcia in The Brady Bunch Movie. She is married to Ben Stiller. She has landed roles in huge hits, such as Zoolander, Arrested Development, and Tropic Thunder.

Christine Taylor (Marcia Brady)

Christine Taylor (Marcia Brady)

Shelley Long (Carol Brady)

Shelley Long played the matriarch of The Brady Bunch. Long actually didn’t need introductions at the time. She has enjoyed an extremely successful career both in film and on television, thanks to roles on Frasier, Cheers, Murphy Brown, and, most recently, Modern Family.

Shelley Long (Carol Brady)

Shelley Long (Carol Brady)

Jennifer Elise Cox (Jan Brady)

Jennifer Elise Cox as cast as Jan Brady, which was her first big Hollywood break. However, things haven’t really been great for Cox since. She has never found a lot of success in the industry. Even though she continues to act, she does it in one-off roles and bit parts on TV shows and in films.

Jennifer Elise Cox (Jan Brady)

Jennifer Elise Cox (Jan Brady)

Gary Cole (Mike Brady)

We’ll let it slide if you hadn’t recognized Gary Cole playing Mike Brady in the movie in 1995, but the actor has gone on to become a bonafide comedic star. He even secured meme status when he played Bill Lumbergh in the 1999 comedy Office Space. He has appeared in quite a few classics, including Pineapple Express and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, and the TV show Chuck. In addition, he had quite a few serious roles on shows, such as The Good Wife, Desperate Housewives, and Suits.

Gary Cole (Mike Brady)

Gary Cole (Mike Brady)

Christopher Daniel Barnes (Greg Brady)

Christopher Daniel Barnes was already a known child actor before he was cast in The Brady Bunch Movie although things never did pan out from there. While Barnes has had limited exposure in film and television, he has been doing regular voice acting work, with the most notable being the voice of Peter Parker, a.k.a. Spider-Man, in different cartoon adaptations and video games.

Christopher Daniel Barnes (Greg Brady)

Christopher Daniel Barnes (Greg Brady)

Jesse Lee Soffer (Bobby Brady)

In the 1995 film, Bobby Brady was portrayed by young Jesse Lee Soffer. The actor has shifted his career from films to TV. He had a recurring role on the popular show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in 2014 and 2015. Incidentally, his character, Jay Halstead, probably stuck with someone, since the character was transferred to drama Chicago Fire. Currently, Soffer co-stars on Chicago P.D. , where he still plays Halstead.

Jesse Lee Soffer (Bobby Brady)

Jesse Lee Soffer (Bobby Brady)

Olivia Hack (Cindy Brady)

In the 1995 film, Olivia Hack took on the role of the precocious Cindy Brady. After that, she bounced around in many TV roles. In recent years, she has made quite a name for herself lending her voice to many animated characters on shows like Hey Arnold!, Bratz, and Family Guy. She also was also on Gilmore Girls, playing Tana Schrick.

Olivia Hack (Cindy Brady)

Olivia Hack (Cindy Brady)

Paul Sutera (Peter Brady)

Paul Sutera had landed many acting roles before he got cast in The Brady Bunch Movie, where he played Peter Brady. However, after that notable role, acting didn’t really seem to take off for him. Instead, he went behind the scenes and became a producer on shows such as Shark Tank, Ice Road Truckers, Ax Men, and Redneck Island.

Paul Sutera (Peter Brady)

Paul Sutera (Peter Brady)

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