Robert Reed (October 19, 1932 – May 12, 1992) was an American stage and television actor. Reed was born John Robert Rietz, in Highland Park, Illinois, the son of Helen and John R. Rietz. He gained his greatest fame as the father, Mike Brady, on the sitcom The Brady Bunch, on which he appeared from 1969 to 1974. From the beginning of The Brady Bunch he was unhappy with the part, feeling that acting in the often silly sitcom was beneath his serious Shakespearean training. Reed felt that his career required him to be secretive about his homosexuality. Several of his male partners have since stated that he threatened them after sex, because he wanted his homosexuality to remain hidden.
Wait! What? Mike Brady was gay? How can that be? He was laying there in the same bed as Florence Henderson! Well, let’s just hope that in this case, the mormons can wash teh ghey off him.
John Robert RIETZ
1933 Highland Park, Lake, Illinois
12 MAY 1992
13 JUL 1996 SDIEG
19 NOV 1998 SDIEG