PLAYING PETER BRADY … Despite my apprehensions about acting, I continued auditioning and, in 1969, at the age of 11, I landed a role on the ABC show, The Brady Bunch. The show revolved around a large blended family brought together by the marriage of Mike Brady, who has three sons, and Carol Brady, who has three daughters. I played the middle son, Peter Brady. While the show never received especially high ratings during its 1969-1974 first run, its reruns built a huge, loyal audience in syndication and The Brady Bunch has, since, become one of the most enduring and popular shows in the history of American television.
The Bradys weren’t cool. If there was any cool factor to them, they would have disappeared after they left the airwaves. It’s because what we were doing was timeless which, at that period of time, wasn’t appreciated as much. It’s appreciated more so now and all the more as it continues to live and breathe in perpetuity.
I continued to attend Los Angeles public schools while starring in The Brady Bunch, often struggling to maintain a low profile and normal life. I recall that, here I was, a seventh grader, being recognized, and it’s the worst time in the world to have anyone’s attention. By eighth grade, I wouldn’t react to people teasing me. I would laugh with them, at myself.
After The Brady Bunch went off the air in 1974, I left the world of show business and enrolled at UCLA. I lived in a dorm, joined a fraternity … did the whole college thing! But after two years, I dropped out of college and returned to acting. I landed minor television roles and starred in a host of Brady Bunch spin-offs and sequels including The Brady Bunch Variety Hour (1976), The Brady Girls Get Married (1981) and A Very Brady Christmas (1988).