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Both programs are notable for their relatively short network runs (Gilligan’s was on three seasons and The Brady Bunch lasted five years) but they have collected fans over the years through a seemingly never-ending life in syndication.
And though their TV characters didn’t age on those re-runs, the actors did move on ( though the ones who remained in the business were oftentimes typecast). Here’s a look at where the casts of the show are now:
Bob Denver (Gilligan) — The actor died in 2005 at the age of 70. He spent four years on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis before landing the lead role as the iconic first mate.
Alan Hale Jr. (The Skipper) — A child actor and son of character actor Alan Hale, Hale teamed up with Denver after Gilligan’s Island for the short-lived The Good Guys on CBS. He also owned a Los Angeles restaurant called The Lobster Barrel, and died in 1990.
Jim Backus (Thurston Howell III) — Backus died in 1989 after a decades long career in entertainment. He worked in radio, film, television, on stage and famously voiced the cartoon character Mr. Magoo.
Natalie Schafer (Mrs. Howell) — Born in 1900, New Jersey native Schafer was typecast as a woman from high society before and after Gilligan’s Island. She guest starred on programs like Vegas, Simon & Simon, CHiPs, and Crazy Like a Fox before her death in 1991.
Tina Louise (Ginger) — Schwartz said Louise was unhappy that her role as breathy movie star Ginger made it difficult for her to book dramatic work. That may have been true immediately following Gilligan’s Island but the actress has since re-established herself in a number of more serious projects. She’s a lifetime member of the Actor’s Studio, has written several books and has shown her artwork in galleries in New York.
Russell Johnson (The Professor) — Two seasons on Dynasty and numerous guest starring roles kept Johnson busy after Gilligan’s wrapped though he admitted in a 2004 interview with the Archive of American Television that it was a struggle to regain his footing in Hollywood, “In those years, when you came off a television show, you were put away. Today it’s the opposite.”
Dawn Wells (Mary Ann) — Wells worked in various industries after her stint as good girl Mary Ann: she was an entertainment correspondant for Australia’s Channel 9, launched a clothing line for disabled people and wrote a cookbook of family recipes. She also co-produced and hosted a female-centric fly fishing show, recorded voice-overs and is a motivational speaker for hire.
THE BRADY BUNCH
Robert Reed (Mike Brady) — Reed successfully broke out of his sitcom mold and earned two Emmy nominations for his post-Brady Bunch work for the ABC miniseries Roots and Rich Man, Poor Man. Reed died in 1992 of colon cancer and was HIV positive.
Florence Henderson (Carol Brady) — Henderson appears at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl later this month as part of the show Michael Feinstein and the Singing Stars of Television. Her autobiography, Life Is Not a Stage: From Broadway Baby to a Lovely Lady and Beyond comes out Sept. 20.
Ann B. Davis (Alice) — Davis, a two-time Emmy winner for CBS’ Bob Cummings Show in the 1950s, has not been much of a television presence since her last appearance in 1997 on “Something So Right.” She did, however, accept TV Land’s Pop Culture award in 2007 as part of the Brady cast.
Barry Williams (Greg Brady) — Williams appears on the July 23 episode of Biography’s Celebrity Ghost Stories, relaying the tale of his father’s memorial service and the strange “happenings” that occurred that day. The actor runs a blog called “The Greg Brady Project” and is reportedly starring in SyFy’s TV movie Bigfoot, opposite Danny Bonaduce.
Maureen McCormick (Marcia Brady) — Marcia, Marcia, Marcia! The actress has admitted to drug and depression issues in memoirs, worked as a country music correspondent for Access Hollywood and is also available for speaking engagements.
Christopher Knight (Peter Brady) — Knight fully embraced the reality TV genre on The Surreal Life, Celebrity Circus and My Fair Brady, among others. He has a role in the indie film Letting Go, which played at the Dances With Films festival in Los Angeles last month.
Eve Plumb (Jan Brady) — A self-taught artist, Plumb is plotting new art shows for the fall. She recently wrapped her starring role in the off-Broadway play Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating, and Marriage.
Mike Lookinland (Bobby Brady) — Lookinland was last spotted at the Wizard World Big Apple Comic Con convention in New York in Oct. 2010. He worked as a cameraman on the WB series Everwood as well.
Susan Olsen (Cindy Brady) — The youngest of the TV clan can be heard Sundays at 7p.m. PT on her Two Chicks Talking Politics show on LA Talk Radio station. She appeared on two episodes of The Young and the Restless in 2010.
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