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|Known for:||The Boy in the Plastic Bubble, The Defenders, Roots|
|Birth name:||John Robert Rietz|
|Birthday:||19 October 1932, Highland Park, Illinois, USA|
|Height:||6' 3" (1.91 m)|
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TriviaAttended Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois). In one of his last interviews, he revealed that he actually detested "The Brady Bunch" (1969), and that his role as Mike Brady embarrassed him. Was written out of the final episode of "The Brady Bunch" (1969) due to his disapproval of the script in which Greg's hair turns orange as a result of a cheap hair tonic. Frequently walked off the set of "The Brady Bunch" (1969), due to arguments with series creator/producer Sherwood Schwartz. In addition, he sent voluminous memos to Schwartz, detailing his unhappiness with the writing and directing on the show. Schwartz put up with this only because Reed's instincts usually turned out to be right. (Reed would eventually direct a handful of episodes himself.) Lived outside of the Beverly Hills scene in Pasadena. Met wife Marilyn Rosenberg while both were college students and drama majors at Northwestern University. The marriage lasted only two years, producing a daughter, Caroline Reed. Member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. When he became ill, the fact that he'd had a stage name allowed him some privacy in his treatment. Prescriptions were filled under his real name Rietz, and the media never took notice. Close friend of Anne Haney. He grew up with his parents, in a farm house to raise cattle and turkeys. Was very happy when his show "The Brady Bunch" (1969) was canceled because of low ratings and when he walked off the set, unhappy, after he didn't appear in the series finale. His former "The Brady Bunch" (1969) co-star, Susan Olsen, became friends with his real-life daughter, Caroline Reed, who made a guest appearance on one episode, when she was in the 9th grade. Despite of her friendship with Reed's daughter, there was no father and daughter connection until Caroline became an adult. Graduated from Central High School in Muskogee, Oklahoma, in 1950. Always said yes to a Brady Bunch reunion movie or special. Confided in Florence Henderson, about his feud with his own mother, just several months before his death. Was good friends with: Florence Henderson, Anne Haney, Penny Fuller, E.G. Marshall and Bonnie Hellman. Was invited to join the group of fellow students from East Pennsylvania, where it was under the direction of Alvina Krause, who was his acting coach. His father, John Sr., was working with the government before, and mother Helen, was a housewife. His mother and daughter both refused to attend his memorial. Remained good friends with Barry Williams and Susan Olsen, amongst the other cast during and after "The Brady Bunch" (1969).