Over four decades ago, a lovely lady and a man named Brady came together to create one of the most treasured TV sitcoms of all time. The Brady Bunch followed the wacky exploits of a large blended family and first aired on ABC in 1969. And, after just a underwhelming five-season run, the show went on to achieve iconic status and inspire a string of spin-offs and remakes on the back of later syndication deals. But while some of the cast are sadly no longer with us, here’s what the rest of the peeps behind our favorite characters are doing today.
10. Florence Henderson (Carol Brady)
Carol Brady was instantly identifiable by her iconic shag haircut. She was the family’s beloved matriarch and the mother of Marcia, Jan and Cindy. And Florence Henderson’s memorable portrayal earned her character many accolades, including the top spot on Access Hollywood’s best TV moms poll.
And while her fabulous mullet may now be gone, Henderson is still as recognizable today as she was 40 years ago. The former TV mom now divides her time between acting and hosting the food program Who’s Cooking with Florence Henderson on RLTV.
9. Barry Williams (Greg Brady)
As eldest child Greg Brady, Barry Williams was one of the only stars to appear in all 117 episodes of the series. Furthermore, he got to show off a variety of talents on screen, with many episodes showcasing Williams’ singing, guitar playing and – in one memorable segment – his surfing skills.
Williams’ multiple talents helped him move on from The Brady Bunch, too, and the star has since ventured into musical theater. Some of his most high-profile gigs include stints in Grease, The Sound of Music and West Side Story.
8. Maureen McCormick (Marcia Brady)
Both pretty and popular, Marcia Brady was the envy of high-school girls everywhere – with the possible exception of the time that a stray football broke her nose. The Bradys’ eldest daughter was played by Maureen McCormick, and the actress frequently reprised her role in the show’s multiple spin-offs.
And 40 years later, McCormick still has Marcia’s gracious good looks, although her life took a decidedly darker turn after The Brady Bunch. The actress turned to drugs for solace following the show’s 1974 cancelation, developing a treacherous habit that followed her into the late 1980s.
7. Susan Olsen (Cindy Brady)
Cindy Brady was famous for her adorable pigtails, her lisp and her penchant for tattling. The youngest daughter in the Brady household was portrayed by Susan Olsen, who was only eight years old when she first took up the role.
Olsen is now aged 55 and practically unidentifiable as a former child star. She does, however, remain as sweet and good-natured as Cindy ever was. For one, the former actress now serves on the board of directors of animal welfare group Precious Paws Animal Rescue.
6. Eve Plumb (Jan Brady)
Brilliantly played by 11-year-old Eve Plumb, Jan was the awkward middle child of the Brady household. Jan was particularly known for her jealousy of her older sister, and her exasperated expression “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!” would become a memorable running gag.
Interestingly, then, after the show’s end in 1974, Plumb decided not to return for its first spin-off, The Brady Bunch Variety Hour. She has, however, since launched a successful career as an artist and continues to dabble in acting to this day.
5. Christopher Knight (Peter Brady)
Like his step-sister Jan, Peter Brady was known for his awkward and self-deprecating personality. In fact, Peter’s clumsy nature would become a fixture of the show’s success. He was played by Christopher Knight, who was just 12 when filming started.
But although Knight would continue acting after the show’s end, he found a new passion as the founder and president of multiple successful computer businesses. He can still be seen popping up in reality TV, though, showing off the very same wry smile that made him a star.
4. Mike Lookinland (Bobby Brady)
Mike Lookinland got to experience some pretty memorable moments when cast as youngest son Bobby in The Brady Bunch. Of note, one episode saw the precocious dreamer throw a ball around with NFL legend Joe Namath – one of the show’s most high-profile guests.
Today, however, Lookinland is almost unrecognizable. For a start, his formerly brown hair – which was dyed to give him a closer resemblance to the rest of the Brady bunch – has since returned to its natural blonde color. He’s since given up acting, too, and relocated to Salt Lake City, where he runs a concrete company.
3. Cousin Oliver (Robbie Rist)
Cousin Oliver was introduced in the show’s final season in an attempt to appeal to a much younger audience. However, the character – played by nine-year-old Robbie Rist – didn’t gel with viewers. So much so, in fact, that the term “Cousin Oliver Syndrome” was coined to refer to similarly unsuccessful creations.
But although he still has his trademark glasses, Robbie Rist is nothing like the child he played four decades ago. And while he has continued to act, his most notable success has been as a musician and as a composer for the Sharknado trilogy.
2. Rita Wilson (Pat Conway)
Rita Wilson was one of several actors to get their start on The Brady Bunch, rising to fame as she did following an appearance in the episode “Greg’s Triangle.” In it, she plays Pat Conway – an overeager cheerleader and the love rival of Jan.
Wilson has since found success as an actor and producer, with credits that include Girls and My Big Fat Greek Wedding. And her appearance on The Brady Bunch also piqued the interest of a young Tom Hanks, who wedded his fellow star in 1988.
1. Hope Juber (Rachel)
As the daughter of Brady Bunch creator Sherwood Schwartz, Hope Juber was well positioned to get her start in the industry. And, indeed, the actress made four appearances in the sitcom, playing various supporting roles, including Greg’s girlfriend Rachel in the episode “The Big Bet.”
What’s more, since her days on the screen, Juber has remained very close to The Brady Bunch, albeit predominantly behind the scenes. And she’s been just as successful on this side, too: her work as a screenwriter and producer on the show’s numerous specials earned her an Emmy Award nod in 2005.