Fast Facts

  • Was writing and producing for local radio stations while still in high school.
  • Studied at Northwestern University and London's Royal Academy of the Dramatic Arts.
  • Made his television debut playing a lawyer in the 1960s drama The Defenders.
  • Replaced Robert Redford in the Broadway production of Barefoot in the Park.  
  • Had an openly tumultuous relationship with Sherwood Schwartz, the creator of The Brady Bunch. Schwartz claims that Reed felt the role of Mike Brady was "beneath him."
  • Said that The Brady Bunch "was just as inconsequential as can be." 
  • Appeared concurrently in both The Brady Bunch and Mannix in the early 1970s.
  • Taught Shakespearean acting classes at UCLA not long before his death.
  • Made his last television appearance in 1992 as a guest on Jake and the Fatman.


  • 1976, Emmy — Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1977, Emmy — Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1976, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series: Nominee


  • Karen Rietz Baldwin — Daughter
  • Helen Teaverbaugh Rietz — Mother
  • John Robert Rietz, Sr. — Father
  • Marilyn Rosenberg — Ex-wife


  • Birth Name: John Robert Rietz, Jr.
  • Birth Place: Highland Park, Illinois, United States
  • Died: May 12, 1992
  • Profession: Actor

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