Barry Williams, shown here in July 2011, played the part of Greg Brady on The Brady Bunch series. He appeared on Three's Company as David Winthrop.
|Birth name:||Barry William Blenkhorn|
|Born:||30 September 1954|
|Birthplace:||Santa Monica, California|
|Actor, TV show host, TV and radio personality|
|Appeared on:||Guest appearance on Three's Company|
|Character played:||David Winthrop in episode "Up in the Air" (Season 6)|
Barry Williams (born 30 September 1954) appeared on Three's Company as David Winthrop, brother of Nancy Winthrop (Lauree Berger), a date of Jack, who accompanies Janet to a stuffy dinner party thrown by David in the episode titled "Up in the Air" in Season 6. Barry is best known for his role as Greg Brady in the ABC television series The Brady Bunch.
Early life and career
Barry was born in Santa Monica, California, to Doris May Moore and Canada-born Frank Millar Blenkhorn of English, Scottish, and German ancestry Williams decided as a child that he wanted to be an actor, and in 1967, he made his television debut in an episode of Dragnet.
Williams continued to be cast in guest roles on other TV series including Adam-12, The Invaders, That Girl, Mission: Impossible, The Mod Squad, Here Come the Brides and Bartleby, the Scrivener before being cast in 1969 as Greg Brady on The Brady Bunch. As the eldest of the show's six children, his story lines often involved his romances. As Greg Brady reached his teenage years, the show's producers began to groom and promote Williams as a teen idol.
Barry has appeared in various Brady Bunch TV movie reunions, including the 1988 movie, A Very Brady Christmas, in which his sole family problem is missing his wife, Nora. The issue with his wife is solved when Nora shows up at the Brady house on Christmas, poinsettia in hand. In 1989, Barry was honored by the Young Artist Foundation with its Former Child Star "Lifetime Achievement" Award for his role as Greg Brady.
His 1992 autobiography, Growing Up Brady: I Was a Teenage Greg, co-written with Chris Kreski, stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for three months. The book was adapted into a 2000 TV movie titled Growing Up Brady starring Adam Brody as Williams. In 2000, Barry sang a parody of the Eminem hit single, "The Real Slim Shady", called "The Real Greg Brady" co-written by comedy writer and radio producer, David Brody, and Jay Gilbert of Froggy Radio in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2001-2002, he played Manager Dean "The Machine" Strickland in thirteen episodes of the sitcom, S Club 7 in Hollywood, which featured the British pop group S Club 7. Barry played himself in the 2003 film, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, about the plight of a former child star who finds himself unemployed.
In 2011, Williams starred as the camp director for Camp Playboy. Camp Playboy is a show about Playboy girls having topless slumber parties, water fights, and au natural hikes in the nude. Williams also has created a cabaret act that pays tribute to his past and currently hosts the satellite radio trivia show, The Real Greg Brady’s Totally '70s Pop Quiz starring Barry Williams, broadcast Saturdays on Sirius Satellite Radio's "Totally '70s" channel.
In late 2011, Williams started appearing in a show at the Yakov Smirnoff theater in Branson, Missouri. The show is a musical variety show that showcases Barry's singing abilities along with clips, videos, and stories from his time on The Brady Bunch.