(October 19, 1932 - May 12, 1992) U.S.A.
Actor, and director
Born at Highland Park, Illinois, as John Robert Reitz Jr. He grew up in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He was married to Marilyn Rosenberg for two years and they had a daughter, Karen.
Robert Reed, ABC promotional photo, ca. 1969
Reed studied his craft at Northwestern University. Moving to London, England, he attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts for two years, in turn developing a passion for Shakespeare. He made his television debut on Father Knows Best . Two years later, he landed a starring role in the classic series The Defenders , which drew critical acclaim and gave Reed greater career opportunities.
After Reed starred in Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park on Broadway, producers at Paramount offered him the role of Mike Brady on The Brady Bunch , which ran from 1969 to 1974.
From the beginning of the show's production, Reed, who often saw the material as beneath his abilities, was at odds with producers and directors; the cast, however, and particularly the "Brady kids," loved Reed.
Despite his feelings about the show, Reed appeared in many Brady reunion episodes and similar vehicles after the original series' cancellation. His later work, including roles in the miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man (1976) and Roots (1977), garnered critical praise and several Emmy nominations.
Reed, who briefly was married and had one daughter, was gay but fiercely private, as he feared that knowledge of his sexuality could be used to hurt his career; his "Brady Bunch" co-stars later acknowledged being aware of Reed's sexuality.
The staff and actors of The Brady Bunch knew about him being gay, and all testify he was a "splendid man and a real father" to the young actors of the series, being always correct, caring and of help for all of them.
Robert Reed died at fifty-nine, in Pasadena, California.
Initially, Reed's death was attributed solely to colon cancer, with which he had been diagnosed in November 1991.
Details on his death certificate revealed that Reed was HIV-positive and that his doctor listed this as "a significant condition that contributed to death."
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- The Brady Bunch (1969-1974)
- Mannix (1969-1975)
- Rich Man, Poor Man (1976)
- Roots (1977)
- Romeo and Juliet
- Barefoot in the Park (1964)
- The Owl and the Pussycat
- California Suite
- Alone Together (1989)
- The Hunters (1958)
- Bloodlust (1959)
- Rocket Attack USA (1961)
- Hurry Sundown (1967)
- Star! (1968)
- The Love Bug (1968)
- The Maltese Bippy (1969)
- No Price for My Cinderella (1978)
- Prime Target (1991)