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Robert Reed Biography

Birth Name:
John Robert Rietz, Jr.
Birth Place:
Highland Park, Illinois, United States

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



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