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Robert Reed ACTOR


Robert Reed was born on October 19th, 1932 in the northeast Chicago suburb of Highland Park, Illinois to parents Helen and John Robert Rietz Sr.  He grew up in Des Plaines, Illinois, Muskogee, Oklahoma and Navasota, Texas and attended school at Community Consolidated School District 62 where he became interested in acting and would perform in every school production. 
After completing is High School education he went on to Northwestern College and studied Shakespeare.  He later transferred to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
He performed in a number of College plays and when he decided it was time to pursue a career as an actor he took on the stage name Robert Reed.  He also came to the realization at this time that he was homosexual, however he continued to date women so as not to lead on to anyone he knew his true sexual identity.
As he entered the acting industry he was cast in a number of television series making guest appearances on such shows as, "Father Knows Best", "The Defenders" (1961-1965), "Ironside", "The Mod Squad", "Harry O", "Jigsaw John", "Crazy Like a Fox" and "Paper Chase" amongst many others.

He is most well known for his role playing father character, Mike Brady in the long running television show "The Brady Bunch" (1969-1974).  He also had a recurring role on "Mannix" playing Lt. Adam Tobias.
He reprised the role of Mike Brady on "The Brady Bunch Hour" and Brady Brides: along with a number of made for television Brady movies.  He continued to work on stage as well as making some more television appearances on such shows as, "Hawaii Five-O", "Charlie's Angels", "Murder, She Wrote", "Jake the Fatman" and "The Love Boat". 
Despite knowing he was homosexual, he chose to marry Marilyn Rosenberg in 1954 and they had one daughter, Karen before ending the marriage in 1959. Robert never married again and moved to South Pasadena, California.
He later found out he had contracted HIV and after battling cancer and lymphoma he passed away on May 12th, 1992 at his home in South Pasadena, California.  His remains were cremated and his ashes were interred in Memorial Park Cemetery in Skokie, Illinois.  Sadly, his mother and daughter Karen declined to attend his memorial service, unable to accept his true sexual identity.      


1987-1992 Jake and the Fatman
1991 Prime Target 
1985-1990 Murder, She Wrote 
1990 The Bradys 
1989 Free Spirit
1989 Day by Day 
1988 A Very Brady Christmas 
1988 The Law and Harry McGraw 
1987 Duet 
1987 Hunter
1977-1987 The Love Boat
1986 Search for Tomorrow 
1983-1986 Hotel
1986 Crazy Like a Fox
1985 Glitter
1985 International Airport
1985 Finder of Lost Loves 
1984 Cover Up 
1984 Matt Houston 
1984 The Mississippi 
1978-1983 Fantasy Island 
1982 ABC Afterschool Specials
1981-1982 Nurse
1981 Death of a Centerfold: The Dorothy Stratten Story 
1981 The Brady Girls Get Married 
1980 Casino 
1980 Charlie's Angels 
1980 Nurse 
1980 Scruples 
1980 Galactica 1980
1979 The Seeker
1979 Hawaii Five-O n
1978-1979 Vega$ 
1979 Love's Savage Fury 
1979 The Paper Chase 
1979 Mandrake
1978 Bud and Lou 
1978 Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery
1978 The Runaways 
1977 The Hunted Lady 
1977 Barnaby Jones 
1976-1977 The Brady Bunch Variety Hour 
1977 SST: Death Flight 
1977 The Love Boat II 
1977 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color
1977 Kit Carson and the Mountain Men 
1977 Roots
1976 The New Adventures of Wonder Woman 
1976 Revenge for a Rape
1976 he Boy in the Plastic Bubble 
1976 Nightmare in Badham County 
1976 The Streets of San Francisco
1976 Lanigan's Rabbi
1976 Law and Order 
1976 Rich Man, Poor Man
1976 Jigsaw John
1975 McCloud
1975 Medical Center
1975 The Secret Night Caller 
1974 Harry O 
1968-1975 Mannix 
1969-1974 The Brady Bunch 
1974 Chase 
1974 Pray for the Wildcats 
1973 The Man Who Could Talk to Kids
1973 Intertect 
1973 Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law 
1973 Snatched 
1972 Mission: Impossible
1972 Haunts of the Very Rich
1972 Mod Squad 
1972 Assignment: Munich
1969-1971 Love, American Style
1971 The City
1969 The Maltese Bippy
1968 Journey to the Unknown
1968 Star! 
1968 Journey Into Darkness 
1967 Ironside 
1967 Hondo
1967 Li'l Abner 
1967 Hurry Sundown 
1966 Family Affair
1966 Preview Tonight
1966 Operation Razzle-Dazzle
1965 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre
1965 Dr. Kildare 
1961-1965 The Defenders
1961 Bloodlust! 
1961 Tallahassee 7000 
1960 Lawman 
1960 Bronco
1960 Men Into Space 
1959 Father Knows Best 
1958 Torpedo Run 
1958 The Hunters 
1957 Pal Joey 

Matinee Classics - Roots starring LeVar Burton, Olivia Cole, Louis Gossett Jr., Ben Vereen, Vic Morrow, John Amos, Ji-Tu Cumbuka, Edward Asner, Lynda Day George, Robert Reed, Madge Sinclair, Chuck Connors, Sandy Duncan, Leslie Uggams, Carolyn Jones, Lloyd Bridges, Georg Sanford Brown
Matinee Classics - Revenge for a Rape starring Mike Connors, Robert Reed, Deanna Lund, Tracy Brooks Swope, Larry Watson, Jock Livingston, Glenn Wilder, Roger Dressler, Shirley Barclay and Joe Austin
Matinee Classics - Rich Man, Poor Man starring Peter Strauss, Nick Nolte, Susan Blakely, Edward Asner, Dorothy McGuire, Robert Reed, Gloria Grahame, Kim Darby, Bill Bixby, Fionnula Flanagan,Tim McIntire, Ray Milland, Lawrence Pressman, Talia Shire, Craig Stevens, Norman Fell, Lynda Day George, George Maharis, Murray Hamilton, Van Johnson, Dorothy Malone, Andrew Duggan, Herbert Jefferson Jr., Kay Lenz, Leigh McCloskey, Gavan O'Herlihy, Josette Banzet, William Smith, Dick Sargent, Dennis Dugan and
Matinee Classics - Roots starring LeVar Burton, Olivia Cole, Louis Gossett Jr., Ben Vereen, Vic Morrow, John Amos, Ji-Tu Cumbuka, Edward Asner, Lynda Day George, Robert Reed, Madge Sincalir, Chuck Connors, Sandy Duncan, Leslie Uggams, Carolyn Jones, Lloyd Bridges, Georg Stanford Brown, Brad Davis, Lane Binkley, Tracey Gold, Hilly Hicks, Lynne Moody, Austin Stoker, Ralph Waite, Cicely Tyson, Thalmus  Rasulala, Moses Gunn, Hari Rhodes, Ren Woods, Ernest Lee Thomas, Lorne Greene, Scatman Crothers,
Matinee Classics - The Boy in the Plastic Bubble starring John Travolta, Glynis O'Connor, Robert Reed, Diana Hyland, Howard Platt, Buzz Aldrin, Ralph Bellamy, John Friedrich, Kelly Ward, Skip Lowell, John Megna, Darrell Zwerling, P.J. Soles and Karen Morrow

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