- NAME: Robert Reed
- OCCUPATION: Television Actor
- BIRTH DATE: October 19, 1932
- DEATH DATE: May 12, 1992
- EDUCATION: Northwestern University, Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Highland Park, Illinois
- PLACE OF DEATH: Pasadena, California
- Full Name: John Robert Reitz Jr.
- AKA: John Robert Rietz
- AKA: John Rietz
- AKA: Robert Reed
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American actor Robert Reed played quintessential family man Mike Brady in the popular sitcom The Brady Bunch from 1969 to 1974.
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While still working on The Brady Bunch, Reed appeared on the L.A.-based detective series Mannix from 1969 to 1975. In his role as the dour Lieutenant Adam Tobias, Reed was part of the cast for the show's entire six-year run. The actor continued to find success with TV projects, most notably the miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man (1976), Roots (1977) and Scruples (1980). Reed received three Emmy Award nominations during his career,
for his work on Roots; Rich Man, Poor Man; and Medical Center.
Returning to the role that made him famous, Reed played Mike Brady on the short-lived The Brady Bunch Variety Hour in the late 1970s. He would reprise the role in several more TV movies and series over the years.
Reed worked on a number of TV series in the 1980s, including Nurse and Hunter. He reprised his role as Mike Brady for the 1990 TV series The Bradys, but the show failed to find an audience. While his acting roles tapered off around this time, Reed found a new passion as a drama teacher. He began teaching Shakespeare to students at the University of California, Los Angeles toward the end of his life.
Reed died on May 12, 1992, at the age of 59, in Pasadena, California. Initially attributed to colon cancer, his death was later revealed to have been hastened by AIDS. Reed was survived by his daughter, Karen Baldwin, from a short-lived marriage in the 1950s. As a gay man, Reed had struggled to hide his sexuality during his Hollywood years. "He was an unhappy person," Florence Henderson said in an interview with ABC News. "I think had Bob not been forced to live this double life, I think it would have dissipated a lot of that anger and frustration."
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