Mike Lookinland

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Not to be confused with American soccer player Mike Lookingland.
Mike Lookinland
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Lookinland at the Big Apple Convention in Manhattan, October 1, 2010.
Born
Michael Paul Lookinland

(1960-12-19) December 19, 1960 (age 58)
OccupationActor
Years active1969–2000
Known forThe Brady Bunch
Spouse(s)
Kelly Wermuth (m. 1987)
Children2
FamilyTodd Lookinland (brother) Theresa Lookinland (sister)

Michael Paul Lookinland[1] (born December 19, 1960)[2] is an American former actor. He is best known for his role as the youngest brother, Bobby Brady, on the ABC sitcom The Brady Bunch from 1969 to 1974, and its many sequels and spinoffs.

Early life[edit]

Lookinland was born in Mount Pleasant, Utah, to parents Paul and Karen.[2] He has two siblings: sister Theresa and brother, Todd,[2] who starred in The Blue Bird with Elizabeth Taylor. Lookinland, who grew up in the Mormon faith, began working as an actor at age 7, and by 9 had appeared in numerous television commercials for such products as toys, Cheerios cereal, and Band-Aid bandages.[2]

Career[edit]

Lookinland's most famous role is as youngest son Bobby Brady on The Brady Bunch.

Lookinland was a TV-commercial actor before he was cast in The Brady Bunch, having done around thirty commercials. He has naturally sandy-colored, wavy hair. Because his hair color did not match Peter's or Greg's natural dark brown color, his was dyed dark brown and straightened. Occasionally, the lights on set were so hot that his dye would run down his face.[citation needed] During the last two seasons of The Brady Bunch, his natural hair color was allowed to show.

His brother, Todd, appeared in a Brady Bunch episode that served as the pilot for a spin-off series, Kelly's Kids, about a husband and wife who adopt three boys, one white, one black, and one Asian. The series was not bought, however.[3]

Lookinland provided the voice of Oblio in the 1971 animated film The Point!. Shortly after the final season of The Brady Bunch wrapped filming, he appeared alongside Jennifer Jones and Paul Newman in the 1974 disaster film blockbuster The Towering Inferno and on the 1970s TV show The Secrets of Isis.

Lookinland reprised his role as Bobby Brady in the 1988 Christmas special A Very Brady Christmas and again in the 1990 sequel series The Bradys, in which Bobby Brady was involved in a racing-car accident, which made him a wheelchair user throughout the series. Lookinland spent several years as a television camera operator and made an uncredited appearance in the 2000 TV movie Growing Up Brady as a camera operator filming an episode of The Brady Bunch episode.[2]

Having left show business, Lookinland operates a business that makes decorative concrete in Salt Lake City, Utah.[4]

Personal life[edit]

For high school, Lookinland attended the Chadwick School in Palos Verdes Peninsula, California. He dropped out of the University of Utah to become a movie production assistant and a camera operator.[2] On May 1, 1987, Lookinland married Kelly Wermuth (b. 1962), who worked as a script supervisor, a production secretary and an actress.[5][1] They have two sons: Scott (born 1990) and Joe (born 1993).[2][5] Scott portrayed him in the 2000 TV-movie biographical drama Growing Up Brady.[2]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1974 The Towering Inferno Phillip Allbright
1995 The Brady Bunch Movie Cop #3 Scenes deleted
2003 Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star Mike Lookinland

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1969–1974 The Brady Bunch Robert 'Bobby' Brady Main role
1971 The Point Oblio/Son (voice) TV film
1971 The Boy from Dead Man's Bayou Claude Disney TV film
1971 Funny Face Richie "A Crush on Sandy"
1971 Dead Men Tell No Tales Bud Riley TV film
1972 The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie Bobby Brady (voice) "The Brady Kids on Mysterious Island"
1972–73 The Brady Kids Bobby Brady (voice) Main role
1975 Isis Tom Anderson "How to Find a Friend"
1976–77 The Brady Bunch Hour Bobby Brady Main role
1977 Little House on the Prairie Patrick "Times of Change"
1981 The Brady Girls Get Married Bobby Brady TV film
1988 A Very Brady Christmas Bobby Brady TV film
1989 Day by Day Bobby Brady "A Very Brady Episode"
1990 The Bradys Bobby Brady Main role
1994 The Stand Sentry #1 "The Stand"
1994 Gambler V: Playing for Keeps Bosun TV film
2000 Growing Up Brady Camera Man TV film

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Mike Lookinland Biography (1960-)". FilmReference.com.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Mike Lookinland: Actor, Television Actor (1960–)". Biography.com. A&E Networks. Retrieved April 10, 2019.
  3. ^ Edelstein, Andrew J.; Lovece, Frank (1990). The Brady Bunch Book. New York: Warner Books. pp. 231–232. ISBN 0-446-39137-9.
  4. ^ Nasvik, Joe (April 8, 2009). "Paul Lundy and Mike Lookinland; Concrete in Counters, Santa Clara, Utah Just Add Water, Salt Lake City, Utah". Concrete Construction. Retrieved December 27, 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Kelly Wermuth". MyHeritage.com. Retrieved April 10, 2019.

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