(October 19, 1932May 12, 1992) was a prolific American character actor
. In his first big break, he played Kenneth Preston on the popular 1960s TV legal drama, The Defenders
, alongside E. G. Marshall
. But he was best remembered for portraying the father, Mike Brady, on the long-running 1970s sitcom, The Brady Bunch
, from 1969 to 1974. He also had a recurring role as Lt. Adam Tobias on Mannix
Life and career
An only child, Reed was born John Robert Rietz, Jr.
, in the northeast Chicago
suburb of Highland Park, Illinois
. His parents were Helen (née Teaverbaugh) and John Robert Rietz, Sr. His parents were high school sweethearts, having been married since they were 18. The family lived in Des Plaines, Illinois
at 621 Parsons Street, with him attending the West Division School in Community Consolidated School District 62
until 1939. His father worked in the government, his mother was a housewife. Reed spent much of his childhood after 1939 in Muskogee, Oklahoma
, as well as Navasota, Texas, and later studied Shakespeare
in college. After entering Muskogee, his father, John Sr., decided to work as a turkey farmer, raising 200 turkeys annually. Despite his father's new job, John Jr. had no interest in turkeys or farming.
In his youth, he joined the 4-H
agricultural club, and showed calves. But he was more interested in acting and music. While attending Central High School in Muskogee, he participated... Read More