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Robert Reed

Reed in The Boy in the Plastic Bubble
Born John Robert Rietz
October 19, 1932(1932-10-19)
Highland Park, Illinois,
United States
Died May 12, 1992 (aged 59)
Pasadena, California,
United States
Spouse(s) Marilyn Rosenberg (1957-1959)

Robert Reed (October 19, 1932 – May 12, 1992) was an American stage and television actor.



Early life

Reed was born John Robert Rietz, in Highland Park, Illinois, the son of Helen (née Teaverbaugh) and John R. Rietz.[1] Reed spent much of his childhood in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and later studied Shakespeare in college. He was educated at Northwestern University, where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi, and later transferred to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, in London.


He first gained fame in the early 1960s for starring along with E. G. Marshall in the television drama series The Defenders from 1961 to 1965.

The Brady Bunch

He gained his greatest fame as the father, Mike Brady, on the sitcom The Brady Bunch, on which he appeared from 1969 to 1974. From the beginning of The Brady Bunch he was unhappy with the part, feeling that acting in the often silly sitcom was beneath his serious Shakespearean training. Despite his discontent with the show, by most accounts he genuinely liked his co-stars, and became beloved as a father figure by the younger cast members. In an effort to bring more realism to the show, Reed argued with the show's creator, Sherwood Schwartz. He frequently presented Schwartz with written memos detailing why a character's motivation did not make sense, or why it was wrong for one episode to combine elements of different styles, such as farce and satire. One such argument resulted in Reed being written out of the show's final episode. Reed reprised his role in the variety show, The Brady Bunch Hour, as well as The Brady Brides, several made-for-TV Brady movies, and new series that followed, The Bradys.

During the run of The Brady Bunch, Reed also had a recurring role as Lt. Adam Tobias on the television drama Mannix from 1967 to 1975 for most of its run.

After The Brady Bunch

After the end of The Brady Bunch in 1974, Reed acted on the stage and made many guest star appearances on other television shows and television movies, including Pray for the Wildcats and SST: Death Flight. He won critical acclaim for his portrayal of a doctor who wants to undergo a sex-change operation in a two-part episode of Medical Center in 1975. Reed also appeared in The Boy in the Plastic Bubble, Rich Man, Poor Man and Roots. He also guest starred on Wonder Woman, playing the Falcon. Other notable guest appearances include: Hawaii Five-O, Charlie's Angels, Galactica 1980, Vega$, and Murder, She Wrote for at least three appearances. Reed played the regular role of Dr. Adam Rose on the critically acclaimed (though short-lived) hospital drama Nurse during the 1981-1982 television season. In 1986, he played the role of Lloyd Kendall on the daytime soap opera Search for Tomorrow. He also made multiple appeances in Hunter (U.S. TV series) and Jake and the Fatman.

In 1971, Reed was the defendant in Anglia TV v. Reed, an important case in English contract common law. Reed lost the lawsuit for £2,750.[2]

Personal life

Reed was briefly married to Marilyn Rosenberg (1957-1959). The couple had one daughter, Caroline Reed, who was born in 1958. Caroline had a small role in an episode of The Brady Bunch entitled "The Slumber Caper." Her character's name was Karen and she is credited as "Carolyn Reed". This episode also reunited Reed with his co-star from The Defenders, E. G. Marshall. She was also in Cannonball Run II.

Reed felt that his career required him to be secretive about his homosexuality.[3] Several of his male partners have since stated that he threatened them after sex, because he wanted his homosexuality to remain hidden.

Reed died in 1992, in Pasadena, California, from colon and bladder cancer; he was suffering from AIDS at the time. He was cremated and his ashes are interred in Memorial Park Cemetery, Skokie, Illinois.


  1. ^ The Missouri Ancestry of Robert Reed ("The Brady Bunch")
  2. ^ "Anglia Television Ltd. v. Reed". Retrieved 2007-08-18.  
  3. ^ Rutledge, Leigh W. (2003), The Gay Book of Lists, Alyson Publishing, ISBN 1555837409  

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Robert Reed (October 19, 1932-1992) was an American actor. He was best known for his role as Mike Brady on The Brady Bunch.

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