Don’t think this is just about the Brady family either, oh no. You will never believe which guests appeared on “The Brady Bunch” and where they are today. Ready to increase your Brady knowledge? Keep reading!
Ready to increase your Brady knowledge? Keep reading!
1. Florence Henderson… as Carol Brady
Who didn’t love Carol Brady? All kids wanted her as a mom and all moms wanted to be her. Funny enough, she wanted to be more like a real mom. Florence begged the producers to allow her to have a job so her role could seem more realistic. When they refused, she said that maybe she could just smack the kids around a bit. She was kidding…we think.
Behind the scenes, she was the “realistic” mom she was fighting to portray. After filming “The Brady Bunch” during the week, she would fly back to New York every weekend to be with her family.
Was Florence romantically linked to one of her sons on the show? Read on to find out.
Say it ain’t so, Mrs. Brady! When pressed about the rumors of Florence dating Greg Brady (Barry Williams), she agreed that she kind of did! What does kind of mean? Apparently, they went out, and while she viewed it as friendship, he saw it as a date.
That’s embarrassing. Like every aging actress trying to remain in the game, she has recently released her biography, “Life Is Not a Stage.” She is also the star of the talk show, “The Florence Henderson Show,” which is in insider’s look into Hollywood. Who doesn’t want a sneak peek into that life?
Which cast member could have played the old switcheroo with her twin? Keep reading.
2. Ann B. Davis…as Alice Nelson
Did you know that Ann Davis, who played Alice on “The Brady Bunch,” was a twin in real life? Wouldn’t that have been fun if they wrote that into the show? Perhaps they could have done the old switcheroo, or maybe had an alter ego. Perhaps this could have made the show last longer than five seasons? Regardless, they clearly did something right seeing as how the show is still in syndication to this day. Like her best friend, Florence, Ann appeared in every episode of the original series. She also joined the cast of the made-for-tv Brady movies, made a cameo in “The Brady Bunch Movie,” and has pretty much been involved in every Brady project. With opportunity like that, why not capitalize on it every way you can?
Like her best friend, Florence, Ann appeared in every episode of the original series. She also joined the cast of the made-for-tv Brady movies, made a cameo in “The Brady Bunch Movie,” and has pretty much been involved in every Brady project. With opportunity like that, why not capitalize on it every way you can?
Read on to find out if Ann took an oath of celibacy.
After “The Brady Bunch” was over, Ann joined an Episcopalian community in Colorado. To the best of anyone’s knowledge, Ann never dated. Perhaps she got all of her relationship needs met through the church? When asked why she never got married, her response was that by the time she was ready, all the good ones were taken.
Her death came as a shock to many who loved her. She had experienced good health throughout her 88 years, and to this day, no one understands why a fall would cause her to become unconscious and never wake up. Some mysteries are never meant to be revealed.
Keep reading to find out which actor fought with the producers to change the script nearly every week.
3. Robert Reed…as Mike Brady
Florence wasn’t the only Brady that wanted the producers to create a more realistic show. Robert Reed fought for changes to the script every chance he got. Arguments ensued every week. Despite his frustration with the producers, he showed nothing but love to his castmates, and he became a surrogate father to the kids who saw him as nothing but a big old teddy bear.
Over time, the producers relented a little and allowed him to direct a few episodes. As well-loved as the show was, it was never even in the top 30 popular television shows for its time. Perhaps a few of Robert’s suggestions could have changed that. Too bad we will never know.
Could Robert’s life have been saved if he had publicly came out of the closet? Keep reading to find out.
Some of Robert’s anger may have come from his inability to realistically live out his own life. Fearing for his career, he kept silent about being a gay man. Susan Olsen (Cindy) believes it was this silence that was ultimately his downfall. She thinks that because he was a family man he would have been happy to settle down with a husband. She firmly believes that would have saved his life.
While the primary cause of his death is listed as colon cancer, it was discovered that he was also HIV positive. While he did not have active AIDS, physicians believe the HIV played a factor in his death.
Whose traditional family values led him to a public celebrity fight? Read on.
4. Barry Williams… as Greg Brady
Barry has credited Florence as being his mentor and best friend. Or, maybe he is still suffering from his Oedipus complex? As the oldest of the Brady kids, Barry has taken the values of his role to heart. He continues to advocate for traditional family values and actively searches for roles and endorsements that contribute to his bottom line…err…views.
He has said that he feels television has become more dark and shady, and he would welcome a return to moral integrity and wholesome values in today’s pop culture. It’s doubtful those values were the ones that lead him into the ring of “Celebrity Boxing” where he lost against Danny Bonaduce.
Keep reading to find out what Barry said that had the transgender community up in arms.
Speaking of values, in 2001 he was fined by the Actor’s Equity Association for appearing in a non-union tour of “The Sound of Music.” According to him, he had left the association before the tour ran. According to them, he was still an active member when he auditioned. Sounds like shady dealings, don’t you think?
But wait, there’s more. In an attempt to keep the custody battle with his girlfriend under wraps, he has chosen to do so at the expense of others. His latest comments were just before Caitlyn Jenner came out as transgender. He deflected a question about his private life using Caitlyn as his escape. He applauded her for being committed to promoting herself, and that maybe he should try out a sex change for his own waning career. Nice integrity there, Barry.
Read on to find out which Brady has a sex tape that she fears could surface any day now.
5. Mauren McCormick…as Marcia Brady
Maureen played the oldest sister on the show, and just like any good firstborn would do, she rebelled. Following in the footsteps of many great child actors before her, she succumbed to the excitement of drugs and alcohol. She tells all in her autobiography, “Here’s the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice,” which made it into the top 5 on The New York Times bestseller list. In it, she details her bouts with depression and bulimia.
She also describes her cocaine addiction as being so severe; she would resort to paying for her habit with sex. Good thing that’s all behind her now, right? Wrong. She now fears that the sex tape made during those dark years may resurface and she will be forced to relive those days. Why Marcia, it’s like we never knew you.
Which drug is Maureen still using? Read on and find out more.
Over the years, Mo (as her friends like to call her) has tried to bring back her career through the all too popular, but not always wise choice of reality tv. Her first stint was on “Celebrity Fit Club” where she openly discussed her battle with bulimia and the pressure of fat shaming in Hollywood. Her next reality show was on Australia’s version of “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here.”
Her most recent claim to reality fame was on “Dancing With the Stars,” where she placed 8th overall. Not too shabby! Maybe a comeback is on its way after all. These days, Maureen is staying clean, sober, and loving life thanks to the support from her husband and rehab. Ok, Prozac has a lot to do with it too.
Read more about which Brady star became a teenage hooker when the show ended.
6. Eve Plumb…as Jan Brady
No one could have portrayed a middle child more precisely than Eve Plumb as Jan. She got lost in the middle, overshadowed by her older sister and was not nearly as cute as her baby sister. To this day, it’s still Maureen or Susan typically seen in the news. That’s not to say she hasn’t had her moments, on the contrary. Eve broke free of her Brady image shortly after the show by portraying a teenage hooker in “Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway.”
Since then, she has continued to act on game shows, in television series, and even reprised her role as Jan in a few Brady productions. In 2010, she began venturing out on stage and is loving the new direction her life has taken.
How many millions did Eve make on a business transaction? Read on to find out what that transaction was.
Did you know Eve bought a house at age 11? With the help of her parents, she invested in a cottage on Escondido Beach in Malibu for $55,300. This flat-roofed cottage is where she developed her passion for painting. Art became such a big part of her life; she even served for numerous years on Laguna Beach’s Design Review Board.
Like all good things, it was time for this luxurious lifestyle to come to an end or maybe a new beginning. Eve sold her house for $3.9 million dollars. If nothing else, looks like Eve has a pretty good future in investments.
Keep reading to find out who was making out in the dog house.
7. Susan Olsen…as Cindy Brady
Who can forget cherub-faced Cindy Brady and those bouncy curls? One look made you want to squeeze her to pieces or throw up from the sweetness. It turns out; Cindy was having her own kind of fun behind the scenes. Her and step-brother Bobby were known to head into the dog house for make-out sessions as young as nine years old.
For shame, Cindy! Since the show, it has also been revealed that she and her sisters didn’t get along as well as it appeared. She has called Maureen, “the oddest bird she has ever known.” She also revealed that she was often put in the middle of petty arguments between Maureen and Eve until they finally stopped talking to one another.
Did Susan get arrested for growing pot at her house? Keep reading to find out.
After getting married, Susan has admittedly dabbled in growing marijuana. She never had the desire to smoke it because it caused her paranoia, but she enjoyed getting her hands dirty; literally.
Over time she couldn’t justify continuing the illegal practice and claims this to be one of the reasons for her divorce. In more recent years, Susan has cultivated a growing art career and has become a respected contributor in the art field.
Which Brady left the show and pursued his dream of becoming a computer geek? Read on.
8. Christopher Knight…as Peter Brady
Christopher’s character, Peter, didn’t suffer the middle child syndrome nearly half as bad as Jan. He enjoyed his run on the show, but when it was over, he was done. He wanted to forget the show, and he wanted the audience to forget the show. A self-proclaimed geek, he went on to pursue a career in the computer industry.
Within his first 18 months with Martec, Inc., he landed a multi-million dollar deal and was named the employee of the year. He continued this wildly successful career until 2000 when he felt the call back to the spotlight. This was in large part due to a business trip to Australia, where he was mobbed by fans as he got off the plane. He realized that the show’s popularity was not slowing down and was even reaching all parts of the globe.
Which supermodel pursued Christopher and didn’t stop until they were married? Keep reading.
Christopher eventually found his way to the reality scene; you had no doubt, right? He appeared on the fourth season of VH1’s reality hit, “The Surreal Life.” A model, 25 years younger than him, got a hardcore crush on him during the show and was relentless in her pursuit. Despite his concerns of their age difference, she eventually wore him down.
They began dating on the show and eventually got married in gothic style in 2006. In another shocking turn of events, the couple announced their separation in May 2011.
Keep reading to discover which Brady star feared for his life.
9. Mike Lookinland…as Bobby Brady
Didn’t you think the Brady kids had life made being child actors and all? That was back before you knew better. Mike followed the same path as many child actors into a life of addiction and alcoholism. Poor Bobby. He was arrested on charges of drunk driving and realized that his life wasn’t just about addiction or recovery, it was about life or death.
He has been sober for 16 years and is married to his high school sweetheart. Don’t you just love happy endings?
Read on to find out what unusual creative endeavor Mike is into these days.
Since the show ended, Mike realized show business was not the life for him. After 20 years in film production, his wife brought home a brochure about countertops that changed the trajectory of his life. Yes…you read that right…countertops changed his life. The brochure was about how to make concrete countertops, and Mike fell in love.
Odd thing to fall in love with, isn’t it? Hey, to each their own. He has been creating and evolving his passion for making countertops ever since.
Do you remember which actor was good with knives? Read on to jog your memory.
10. Allan Melvin…as Sam Franklin
The Brady’s maid had a boyfriend, do you remember? Allan Melvin played Sam Franklin who was the neighborhood butcher and Alice’s boyfriend. He also appeared on “All in the Family” and the “Phil Silvers Show.”
According to his wife, the “Phil Silvers Show” was his favorite. Along with his roles on television, Allan was also a voice actor. Interestingly enough, his roles on television often involved him being a “tough guy,” while his cartoon voice-over roles were sweet and caring.
What did Allan and Jan Miner have in common? Keep reading to find out.
Some commercial characters stay with you for years, like Madge, the Palmolive lady. “Madge, I soaked in it!” was a tagline you probably replayed over and over again until even you got sick of saying it.
Allan had one of those characters. You may remember him as Al, the plumber for Liquid-Plumr. It was a role he played for 15 years. Allan eventually retired in the 1990s and died in 2008 at the age of 84.
Keep reading to find out whose claim to fame is a dragon named Stuffy.
11. Robbie Rist…as Oliver
Remember cousin Oliver with the round wire-rimmed glasses? The producers wanted young talent so they could keep the show going as the Bradys were getting older. Great idea, except that before his episodes were aired, the producers decided to cancel the show anyway. He continued his career playing roles on television but mostly focused on his voice-over work and music.
Read on to find out what role sharks play in Robbie’s life.
Did you get caught up in the horrible mess that was “Sharknado?” An instant cult classic, Robbie saw it for what it was and knew he had to be a part of it. He provided the music for the film and its sequel. Aside from the music, he also portrayed Robbie, the bus driver in the movie. These days, Robbie continues his music career and hosts a podcast with Chris Jackson and Thom Bowers called, “The Spoon.”
Which famous actor’s son was dubbed the $50,000,000 baby and later appeared on The Brady Bunch? Read on.
12. Desi Arnaz Jr…as Desi Arnaz Jr.
Yes, the $50,000,000 baby was on “The Brady Bunch.” For those of you not familiar with this reference, Desi was loved by the American public before he was born. Fans of “I Love Lucy” followed Lucille Ball’s entire pregnancy because when she gave birth, so did Lucy Ricardo. Desi Jr. appeared on the cover of the very first issue of TV Guide announcing him to be the “50 million dollar baby.”
They anticipated that this is how much he would generate in revenue and tie-ins for the show. He continued to play odes to his parents throughout his career including performing as his father in the movie The Mambo Kings.
Keep reading to find out which famous friend’s son Desi toured with.
From 1998 to 2010, he toured with his musical group, Ricci, Desi, and Billy. The group included himself, Billy Hinsche, and Ricci Martin who is the son of Dean Martin.
Ricci replaced his older brother Dean Paul from their original group in 1965. In recent years, Desi and his sister, Lucie have proudly honored his father once again in “Babalu,” a tribute to the music of Desi and his orchestra.
Which football star could use a slice of humble pie? Keep reading.
13. Joe Namath…as Joe Namath
Yes, the one and only “Broadway Joe” was on “The Brady Bunch.” It’s doubtful that his acting prowess comes as a surprise to most of you. He loves the limelight and has never been afraid to show it. Not one to be a particularly humble man, he became fed up with the press beating him down before Superbowl III. In a fit of pride, he announced that he would bring the New York Jets a Superbowl win against the Baltimore Colts who were favored by 17 points.
The press had a field day with that one. He lived up to that promise, though and has been one of the football greats ever since.
Who did Joe offend by suggesting they kiss? Read on to find out more.
In December of 2003, Joe hit an all-time low. Too much champagne caused him to interrupt an interview to exclaim to the young woman interviewing him, “I want to kiss you. I couldn’t care less about the team struggling.” He later apologized and admitted he had an alcohol problem.
He entered a treatment program in 2004. He discussed this among many other plights throughout his life in his autobiography, Namath. These days he is still getting into trouble with his mouth, but you would expect nothing less.
Which teen heartthrob played himself on “The Brady Bunch” much to the delight of the sisters? Keep reading.
14. Davy Jones…as Davy Jones
Davy Jones played none other than…Davy Jones on “The Brady Bunch.” Would you expect anything else? He was most widely known as the lead singer of a band that had their own television series “The Monkees.” Around the same time, another David Jones was entering the music scene and was forced to change his name to David Bowie. After a short stint on television, the Monkees’ career seemed relatively short-lived.
Or was it?
Which career did Davy long to have before finding himself an actor? The answer may surprise you.
After the group disbanded in 1971, not much was heard from them until 1986 when MTV ran a Monkees television show marathon. Monkeemania exploded across the U.S., and the band was revived for another short term. Aside from music, Davy loved horses and even anticipated becoming a jockey in his younger days. He owned 14 horses which he tended to on the morning of February 29, 2012.
After a short ride, he complained of chest pains and an overall sense of discomfort. By the time he arrived at the hospital, physicians had pronounced him dead of a massive heart attack. Monkeemania will live on forever, though.
Did “The Brady Bunch” launch a marriage that has stood the test of Hollywood? Read on.
15. Rita Wilson…as Pat Conway
Tom Hanks saw his future wife the first time on “The Brady Bunch.” He thought Rita was terribly cute in the cheerleader outfit she wore on the show.
It still took the couple almost ten years before the two started dating. Nowadays they are looked upon as Hollywood’s golden couple. They have remained married for 28 years and counting.
Has Rita left her well-respected role as a top actress in Hollywood? Keep reading to find out.
After appearing in the Broadway hit Chicago in 2006, Rita began entertaining the idea that it might not be too late for a singing career.
She has since recorded two albums and is on her way to being a well-respected singer-songwriter. In 2005, Rita was diagnosed with breast cancer. Not one to let anything get her down, she underwent surgery and returned to the stage one month later.
Which “Brady Bunch” actor was considered a “jack of all trades?” Read on to find out!
16. C. Lindsay Workman as Bertram Grossman
C. Lindsay Workman played Bertram Grossman in “The Brady Bunch,” the Brady’s real estate agent. Yes, at one point the Brady clan was going to sell the house, but due to some ghostly visitors, meaning the kids tried to make the house seem haunted, ultimately, the decision was made to stay in their cozy abode. However, if you have sharp eyes, you would notice that C. Lindsay Workman played other characters on the show, too, including a teacher, the principal, and background characters.
His work on “The Brady Bunch” reflected his real acting career, as he was known as a “jack of all trades,” and often took on roles that were doctors, judges, inspectors, priests, or other respected men. He often acted as Lindsay Workman, dropping the “C,” which makes you wonder how bad his first name was, that he felt he had to go by Lindsay.
For a time, C. Lindsay Workman was the voice for car commercials. Which car brand? Keep reading.
As is the case with many actors, C. Lindsay Workman went to college to learn about acting, but he never got his college degree. He took acting classes at Pomona College and Yale, so perhaps he thought he didn’t need to graduate, or he got his first Hollywood role, which was in the television show, “Sergeant Preston of the Yukon.” He played Joe the Waiter, which would just be the first of many acting jobs as waiters.
In addition to acting, C. Lindsay Workman was a prolific voice actor, and his voice appeared in animated features, such as “Garfield on the Town,” and he also was the voice for several Mercedes-Benz commercials. Workman passed away in 2012 at the age of 88, with almost 100 acting credits throughout his life.
One “Brady Bunch” actor was taught by the Wicked Witch of the West. Confused? Click on!
17. Jim Backus as Zaccariah T. Brown
Jim Backus was most well known for playing Mr. Magoo and Thurston Howell III on “Gilligan’s Island,” but he also appeared on “The Brady Bunch.” He played Zaccariah T. Brown, the gold prospector in the episodes where the Brady family traveled out west and ended up in the ghost town. Born in Cleveland, OH, Backus didn’t immediately enter the world of acting, but he did have a very interesting teacher in school.
He was taught by Margaret Hamilton, who would leave teaching and become the Wicked Witch of the West in “The Wizard of Oz.” Perhaps she encouraged him to enter acting? Though we know he eventually would take that step, he first got into radio in the 1940s, and this would eventually lead him to his first television job in 1948, and just two years later, would start his role as Mr. Magoo, which would last for the next three decades.
Jim Backus had another talent that he was known for besides acting. What was it? Keep reading.
Jim Backus was quite well-known when he appeared on “The Brady Bunch,” and it’s no surprise, because both “The Brady Bunch” and “Gilligan’s Island” were both created by Sherwood Schwartz. He had already starred as Thurston Howell III since 1964, so by the time he appeared with the Bradys, he was a household name. Before both of these performances though, perhaps just to round out his resume, he used his talent for singing to also records two novelty albums, “Cave Man” and “Delicious.” Perhaps he just wanted some insurance in case his acting career went bust?
Backus continued to work through the 1980s, lending his voice and likeness to television shows and film. He passed away in 1989 at the age of 76 from complications of pneumonia.
One “Brady Bunch” actor was the voice of the Owl on “Winnie-the-Pooh” Do you know who? Read on!
18. Hal Smith as Kartoon King
Hal Smith played the Karoon King in the second season of “The Brady Bunch.” You might remember him as the host of the show that Bobby appears on when entering the ice cream eating contest. Though Hal Smith only had a small role on “The Brady Bunch,” he was a notable working actor who had almost 300 acting credits to his name. Wow! Smith was a born entertainer, and as soon as he graduated from high school, he skipped getting a college degree and immediately got a job as a disc jockey. From there, he became part of the U.S. Army Special Services as an entertainer during World War II, and following the war, made his way to Hollywood.
He started getting roles almost immediately, and worked on shows such as “I Married Joan” and “Dennis the Menace.” He also started voice work, one of his famous being the Owl on the “Winnie-the-Pooh” shorts.
Hal Smith was quite different from his most famous character. Want to know more? Keep clicking!
Though Hal Smith had a huge resume under his belt, he was most well-known for his role as Otis Campbell, the town drunk, on the “Andy Griffith Show.” He appeared on the show from 1960 to 1966, and what is so interesting is that though he portrayed a drunk on the small screen, he never touched alcohol in real life. He found so much success in this role, that he continued to play the part over the decades, reprising it in “Return to Mayberry” in 1986 and in commercials for Mothers Against Drunk Driving. He also appeared as Otis Cambell in an Alan Jackson music video, “Don’t Rock the Juke Box.”
Unfortunately, we lost Hal Smith in 1994 after he died from a heart attack at the age of 77. He was still working regularly.
One “Brady Bunch” actor earned $3 – $4 million as a child, but lost it all. What happened? Keep reading.
19. Jackie Coogan
You might not recognize the name, but you certainly know Jackie Coogan, from his most famous role as Uncle Fester on “The Addams Family.” He was also on “The Brady Bunch” as Harry Duggan, the man Carol Brady gets into a fender bender with. What you probably don’t know about Jackie Coogan is that he was a performer from infanthood in vaudeville and theater, and was acting with Charlie Chaplin in “The Kid,” by the time he was five years old.
He was also in a number of other movies as a child, and estimates show that he earned as much as $4 million, but he never saw a dime. Why? Because his mom and step-father blew it all on diamonds and furs. They claimed that he was “acting for fun” and that he was a “bad boy,” and his mother said she never promised Jackie any money. Because of this, Coogan eventually sued them, but only received about $126,000.
Jackie Coogan was married four times, once to one of Hollywood’s leading ladies. Who was it? Click here!
For the most part, Jackie Coogan got back on his feet again, and continued to take on roles. He even tried to go to college, and enrolled in several universities, but he never earned a college degree because of poor grades. He also enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1941, but requested a transfer to the Army Air Forces after the Attack on Pearl Harbor. The funny thing is, he did this a bit backwards. Most of his Army colleagues were young and fresh, eager to join after Pearl Harbor.
Coogan, however, was divorced from his first wife, Betty Grable, one of Hollywood’s leading ladies, and joined the Army before the attack ever occurred. Interesting, right? After the war, Coogan returned to Hollywood and by the 1960s, following three more marriages, he was broke. Luckily, the role in “The Addams Family” came soon after, and history was made. Coogan passed away in 1989 at the age of 69 of a heart attack.
Which “Brady Bunch” actor earned a salary of $75 a week in his first film? Click here to find out!
20. John Howard as Doctor Howard
If you ever watched “The Brady Bunch,” you know that sometimes the family got sick. Who was the doctor they called? Dr. Howard, who was played by John Howard. John Howard never wanted to be an actor growing up, but when working towards his college degree at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, he joined the theater group at the urging of some friends, and a star was born.
After graduation, he auditioned for a number of parts, and the first movie he worked on was “One Hour Late” in 1934. He made $75 a week, which essentially made him quite wealthy, as that was a lot of money in those days. If you made $75 a week now, you would definitely be way under the poverty line! A few months after this role, he starred in “Lost Horizon,” and cemented himself in Hollywood.
John Howard left Hollywood for a while for a very good reason. What was it? Keep reading!
Like many actors in Hollywood in the 1940s, John Howard left Hollywood for a short time and joined the armed forces. In this case, he was in the Navy and served on a minesweeper. During one mission, he was serving as the executive officer when the ship ran into a mine. The captain was killed, and John Howard had to take command of the vessel. In order to get the men back to safety, John had to jump into the water several times.
He was awarded the Navy Cross for these actions by the U.S., and was given the Croix de Guerre from France, as the event took place within its borders. When John Howard returned to Hollywood, the roles were waiting, and he had steady work from 1947 to 1978 when he retired. John Howard lived until 1995 and died at the age of 81 from heart failure.
One “Brady Bunch” actor was a well-liked guest host for game shows. Do you know who it is? Click on.
21. Stephen Dunne as Mark Millard
Stephen Dunne played Mark Millard on “The Brady Bunch.” You will remember Mark Millard if you remember that Alice had an ex-boyfriend who reappeared while she was dating Sam. On “The Brady Bunch,” Mark Millard was an unsavory gambler, but in real life, Stephen Dunne was a very clean-cut, amicable guy, who struggled to find roles simply because he was seen as not having much pizzazz. But, he did have a voice that he could rely on, which took him far in radio and got him jobs as guest hosts for game shows, such as “Queen for a Day” and “Truth or Consequences.”
Stephen Dunne acted under a number of different names. What were they? Read on!
One of the most interesting things about Stephen Dunne is that he went by five different names over his lifetime. He was born Francis Michael Dunne, and when he first got into Hollywood and was signed by FOX, he went by Michael Dunne. In his first film, “Junior Miss, from 1945” he was billed third, but was overshadowed by actors that were billed lower than him.
Instead of moving up in the billing, in his second film, “Doll Face,” he was even pushed lower, and by 1946’s film, “Colonel Effingham’s Raid,” he was billed 12th. In his final film of 1946, he was hardly noticed, and became quite disillusioned. He changed studios and went with Columbia, changed his name at that point to Stephen Dunne, and started to move back up in the billings. However, he never got top billing, and by the early 1950s, moved back to radio and didn’t return to television until the late 1960s. He passed away in 1977, never seeing himself as the star. Sad.
One “Brady Bunch” actor made ends meet by working as a substitute teacher. Who was it? Keep on clicking!
22. Marcia Wallace as Mrs. Robbins
Today, you might not recognize Marcia Wallace, but you will certainly recognize her voice, especially if you are a fan of “The Simpson’s,” as she was the voice of Mrs. Krabappel. She is also extremely well-known for her role as Carol Kester on “The Bob Newhart Show.” When she appeared on the “The Brady Bunch,” she appeared as a salesperson and as a teacher. Speaking of teaching, Marcia Wallace was a substitute teacher when she first got into acting, just so she could make ends meet.
She had a college degree in English and Theater and used her talents to work in a nightclub for about a year. She eventually found work by taking small parts on some sitcoms, including “The Brady Bunch,” and she appeared on “The Merv Griffith Show” several times.
Marcia Wallace was commonly featured on a game show. Know which one? Keep reading to find out if you’re right!
Marcia Wallace was a popular guest star on the hottest shows in the 1970s and 1980s, including “Taxi,” “Full House,” “Murder, She Wrote,” “ALF,” and “Charles, in Charge.” She was also a frequent celebrity guest on game shows, especially on “The Match Game.” She took a break from acting for a time because she was diagnosed with breast cancer, but was able to fight it and live cancer free for almost two decades.
When she returned to acting, she snagged what would probably be the part that she is most known for today, as Mr. Krabappel on “The Simpson’s.” This would be her last role, as she passed away in 2015 at the age of 70 due to complications of pneumonia. Mr. Krabappel was written out of the show.
One actor from “The Brady Bunch” was also the Maytag repairman and spokesperson. Who is it? Keep reading.
23. Gordon Jump as Mechanic/Mr. Collins
Actor Gordon Jump played two parts on “The Brady Bunch,” one as a mechanic, and one as Mr. Collins. Neither role was particularly memorable. What IS memorable about Gordon Jump is his role as the Maytag repairman on the commercials, and as the spokesperson. Additionally, Jump is well-known for his roles as the National Editor on “Lou Grant,” as Chief Tinkler on “Soap,” and for multiple roles on “The Love Boat.” None of these, however, match his fame as Arthur “Big Guy” Carlson on “WKRP in Cincinnati.” Most people think that Jump was destined for fame, and he must have had an inkling of this, too, as he studied journalism, and after getting his college degree, he worked as a weatherman at a Kansas TV station before moving to LA to start his career in acting.
Most people think that Jump was destined for fame, and he must have had an inkling of this, too, as he studied journalism, and after getting his college degree, he worked as a weatherman at a Kansas TV station before moving to LA to start his career in acting.
Gordon Jump worked with two famous TV stars before they were famous when arriving to Hollywood. Who? Read on!
When Gordon Jump arrived in Hollywood, he quickly got involved in stage productions around Los Angeles. To make ends meet, he acted in plays created by Nathan and Ruth Hale, and kept auditioning. He worked closely with two other actors who were working with the Hales at the time, too, Connie Stevens and Mike Farrell. Stevens, of course, would go on to gain fame on “Hawaiian Eye” and “The Love Boat,” and Farrell would eventually find his role in “M*A*S*H.” Jump, too, would eventually find fame, and he credited Ruth Hale for giving him his start in Hollywood. Gordon Jump worked in Hollywood throughout the 1980s and 1990s, but he passed away in 2003 from pulmonary fibrosis at the age of 71.
Stevens, of course, would go on to gain fame on “Hawaiian Eye” and “The Love Boat,” and Farrell would eventually find his role in “M*A*S*H.” Jump, too, would eventually find fame, and he credited Ruth Hale for giving him his start in Hollywood. Gordon Jump worked in Hollywood throughout the 1980s and 1990s, but he passed away in 2003 from pulmonary fibrosis at the age of 71.
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24. Kimberly Beck as Girl/Laura
When you have all of those Brady kids in one show, you have to show their friends sometimes, and this is where Kimberly Beck comes in. She was in a handful of “The Brady Bunch” episodes, always as a girl who the Brady kids went to school with. In only one episode did she have a proper name, and it was Laura. By the time Kimberly Beck appeared on “The Brady Bunch,” at the age of 15, she had a very full resume under her belt.
She had appeared in “Bonanza,” “Peyton Place,” “My Three Sons,” “The Virginian,” and “General Hospital.” Her most notable childhood role came in the film, “Yours, Mine, and Ours,” where she played the part of Janette North, the daughter of Lucille Ball’s character, Helen. Henry Fonda also starred in the film, so she was certainly among Hollywood royalty.
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Though Kimberly Beck was on anything and everything as a child, as she continued to age, the parts started to dry up slightly, or at least the quality of the work began to drop a bit. Instead of starring on the top shows of the time, like she did in the 1970s, by the time the 1980s came around, she was starring in shows such as “Freebie and the Bean,” “Crazy Like a Fox,” and “Hollywood Beat.”
Have you even heard of these shows? Probably not, because they never made it very far. However, she also got into some movies, including “Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter.” Though this is certainly a B-Movie, at best, it did allow her to qualify for a stunt performers union card, as she did all of her own stunts. Kimberly hasn’t worked in Hollywood since 2009, and she is currently raising her two sons.
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25. Molly Dodd as Mrs. Payne
Like other actresses on our list, Molly Dodd took on a number of roles on “The Brady Bunch,” including as Mrs. Payne, the bigoted neighbor of the Brady’s neighbor, after they adopted African-American and Asian-American children. She also played a sales clerk on the show. Though Molly Dodd was not as successful as other actors on this list, she was a working actress and was able to pull in roles.
Most people believe that Molly Dodd is associated with the television series, “The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd,” which ran from 1987 to 1991. This, however, is untrue, especially because she passed away in 1981, and the show was far from being based on her life.
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Molly Dodd was born as Mary Dodd in Los Angeles to a priest, and his wife. A priest!?! Yes, a priest. He was a priest from the Anglo-Catholic Episcopal Church, which is an organization that allows their priests to marry. Molly Dodd began her career at the age of 18 by auditioning for some Los Angeles stage plays, and then performed along with the USO. Throughout her career, Dodd only appeared in four films, including Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo.”
She was more famous as a television actress, and took roles on a number of popular shows including: “The Andy Griffith Show,” “Gomer Pyle,” “The Twilight Show,” “Bewitched,” and “The Rockford Files.” Sadly, Molly Dodd passed away at the age of 53, but her family never released the cause.
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26. Vincent Price as Professor Hubert Whitehead
One of the most popular episodes on “The Brady Bunch” was actually two episodes, and the family went to Hawaii. Once there, they met a crazy archaeologist who believes that the Brady boys are trying to steal the treasures he found. This professor was played by the legendary Vincent Price, best known for his work in the horror genre.
Vincent Price was known throughout Hollywood for always playing the villain, so he fit right in when chosen for this role. One of the things that Vincent Price was always known for was his menacing, terrifying laugh. He also had a distinctive low voice, a slender frame with a towering height, and frequently played villains who died on screen while screaming.
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Vincent Price appeared in more than 100 films and television shows throughout his career, and he has not one, but TWO stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; one fore television and one for film. He was an art collector, and he had a college degree in art history. He was extremely well-known for being a villain and played parts that were frightening.
Because of this reputation, his hobby of gourmet cooking surprised many of his fans. He even wrote several cookbooks, and his guacamole recipe was…well, to die for…get it? Horror guy? Always the eccentric, Vincent Price was also very superstitious, and joked that he kept a horseshoe and crucifix over his front door, just in case. Ultimately, Vincent Price passed away in 1993 of lung cancer and emphysema at the age of 82.
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27. Ken Berry as Ken Kelly
We already mentioned the episode of “The Brady Bunch” where the neighbors of the Brady clan adopted three children. Actor Ken Berry played the father of these boys, Ken Kelly. Ken Berry decided that he wanted to be an actor at the age of 12 when he saw a performance at a school assembly. By the time he was 15, he was enrolled in dance and acting classes, and was asked to join a traveling performance troupe, which took him across Europe.
He re-visited Europe after joining the Army, and when he returned, went to Las Vegas, where he was tapped to join the Billy Barnes Review, an entertainment ensemble, in Los Angeles. It was here that he was seen performing by Lucille Ball, who brought him into her studio, Desilu. He also made a connection with Carol Burnett, who he would work with throughout his career.
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Once Ken Berry was hobnobbing with people like Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett, the roles really started coming in. He was cast as Capt. Wilton Parmenter on the series “F-Troop,” which made him a recognizable actor in Hollywood. He was also extremely well-known for his role on “Mayberry R.F.D.” as Sam Jones, and on “Mama’s Family” as Vinton Harper, and both of these were spin-offs of other popular series. “Mayberry R.F.D.” was a spin-off of “The Andy Griffith Show,” and “Mama’s Family” was a spin-off of “The Carol Burnett Show.”
You might also find it interesting to know that his role on “The Brady Bunch” was meant to be the start of a spin-off, to be called “Kelly’s Kids,” but ABC declined to take it. Ken stopped acting in 1999.
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28. Brooke Bundy as Kathy Kelly
By the time Brooke Bundy appeared as Kathy Kelly in “The Brady Bunch,” she was already well on her way to a successful career in Hollywood. She had already appeared in shows, such as “The Donna Reed Show,” “Gidget,” “My Three Sons,” and “The Mod Squad,” and the best was yet to come for Bundy. When appearing on “The Brady Bunch,” Brooke played Kathy Kelly, the wife of Ken Berry’s character, Ken Kelly.
Though the spin-off wasn’t picked up by ABC, Brooke Bundy had plenty of options open to her, and she almost immediately appeared on several TV series, though none of them made it past the first few episodes. Luckily, she had recurring roles to fall back on, such as on “Emergency!,” All in all she appeared in more than 100 shows.
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Fans of Brooke Bundy know her for two things: one, is for being a regular star on soap operas, such as “General Hospital” and “Days of Our Lives.” The other is for appearing in the “Nightmare on Elm Street” series. She appeared as Elaine Parker in “A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors” and as the same character in “A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master.” These days, Brooke Bundy is no longer acting, but she does appear at fan events and works as a manager and agent for upcoming actors and actresses.
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29. Michael Lerner as Johnny
Michael Lerner appeared in one episode of “The Brady Bunch” in season one, but he was, and still is, a quite successful actor. In fact, he has appeared in almost 180 television shows, and he is still acting! Talk about longevity in your career! Lerner knew that he wanted to be an actor from a young age, and he even got his college degree, a Master’s, in drama from UCLA.
He also has a brother, Ken Lerner, who you might know from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” and a nephew, Sam Lerner, who currently appears on “The Goldbergs.” Around the time that he appeared on “The Brady Bunch,” he also appeared on shows such as “The Bob Newhart Show” and “Love, American Style.”
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In addition to appearing on a number of television shows in the 1970s and 1980s, he also appeared in a number of movies, though he was never the star. Michael Lerner is always one of those actors that you know and recognize, but you don’t always know his name. Some of the shows he is best known for include “The Rockford Files,” where he appeared as Arnold Love and “Hill Street Blues,” where he played Rollie Simone.
Most recently, he is known for appearing on “Glee.” Speaking of musicals, he also dabbled in theater, especially in London. In fact, in 2002, he appeared with Madonna in the production of “Up for Grabs.” Michael is still acting and still a well-respected character actor.
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30. Marion Ross as Dr. Katherine Porter
You definitely know Marion Ross for her role on “Happy Days,” but she is much more than that. Marion Ross appeared on “The Brady Bunch” as Dr. Katherine Porter in the first season. Ross knew she wanted to be an actress from a young age, and she even changed the spelling of her name from Marian to Marion at the age of 13 because she believed it would look better on the marquees of theaters. To save money for drama school, she worked as an au pair, and eventually, she moved with her family from Minnesota to San Diego, where she graduated from high school and enrolled at San Diego State University. There, she was voted “best actress” and made her film debut in 1953 with Ginger Rogers in “Forever Female.”
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Though Marion Ross was best known for her role as Marion Cunningham on “Happy Days,” she has been in almost 200 television shows throughout her career. She was in “Happy Days” from 1974 to 1984, and also appeared in the spin-off, “Joanie Loves Chachi.” Though she, and other stars of “Happy Days” owe some of their success to the show, in 2011, several cast members came together to sue CBS for $10 million for a breach of contract. They claimed that CBS was using their images without their consent and without paying them. The case was settled out of court, and each actor received a payout of $65,000. Today, Marion Ross is still acting and appearing on television and in film.