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The Brady Bunch

Robert Reed

Mike Brady

He was born John Robert Reitz on Oct. 19, 1932, and spent most of his childhood on a farm in Muskogee, Oklahoma. In high school, he became interested in acting. He spent a couple of years at Northwestern University and transferred to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.

Upon returning to the U.S., he adopted the stage name Robert Reed and began a career in theater. Soon after, Reed relocated to Hollywood and began pursuing a career in TV while appearing in various stage productions -- including a run on Broadway in Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park." Reed was seen in dozens of television shows in the 1960s including The Danny Thomas Show, Father Knows Best, Family Affair and The Defenders.

He took the role of Mike Brady in 1969, although he continued to appear as a regular on Mannix as well as taking guest spots on The Mod Squad, Mission: Impossible and others. Reed was a prolific actor, with a long list of post-Brady credits.

One of Reed's most daring roles was that of a sex-change patient on an episode of Medical Center for which he garnered an Emmy nomination (one of three in his career.) He appeared in everything from The Boy in the Plastic Bubble to Roots and did a couple of infomercials in the early '90s before his death in 1992.

Character Bio

Mike Brady is a bright man and a highly paid architect. Although he is a champion breadwinner and father-of-the-year material, he didn't have the foresight to build in enough bathrooms for six kids. Aside from dispensing fatherly wisdom, Mike enjoys playing golf, camping and the ukulele. He's really an all-around perfect dad, with an even temper, sage advice and the know-how to build everything from dunking booths to club houses.

The Brady Bunch TV Schedule

December 21
The Voice Of Christmas
Carol loses her voice and may not be able to sing at Christmas services.
A-Camping We Will Go
Mike invites Carol and her girls along on the boys' annual camping trip.
Sorry, Right Number
Six kids and one telephone add up to high bills and short tempers.
Every Boy Does It Once
Bobby gets the idea that he is unloved and unwanted.
Vote For Brady
Greg and Marcia both decide to run for student body president.
December 28
Father Of The Year
Marcia enters her new dad in a newspaper contest for "father of the year."
54-40 And Fight
Another boys vs. girls crisis erupts as the Checker Trading Stamp Company announces it is going out of business.
Mike's Horror-Scope
Beebe Gallini hires Mike to design a new factory in the shape of a powder puff.
The Undergraduate
Greg is failing math and appears to be out of his teenage mind.
Tiger! Tiger!
A group depression sets in as Bobby discovers Tiger, the family dog, has run away.