Mike Lookinland

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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 60)
OccupationActor
Years active1969–present
Known forBobby Brady in The Brady Bunch
Spouse(s)
Kelly Wermuth
(m. 1987)
Children2

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. His parents, Paul (principal at Steven White Junior High, Carson, California) and Karen were living in Los Angeles area and had come to visit family in nearby Spring City over Christmas break 1960.[2] His grandfather was an administrator at LDS Hospital.[3] He has two siblings: sister Theresa and brother Todd,[2] who starred in The Blue Bird with Elizabeth Taylor. Lookinland, who grew up as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 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 had been offered two roles - Eddie on The Courtship of Eddie's Father and Bobby on The Brady Bunch; his parents chose the latter, feeling it would be healthier for him to be around other children closer to his age rather than an only child on an all-adult cast (the role of Eddie eventually went to Brandon Cruz).[4] He has naturally sandy-colored, wavy hair. Because his hair color did not match TV-siblings 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.[5] During the last two seasons of The Brady Bunch, his natural hair color was allowed to show.

His brother, Todd Lookinland, appeared in a Brady Bunch episode that served as the pilot for a spin-off series, Kelly's Kids, about a husband and wife with three boys: one white, one black, and one Asian. The series was not bought.[6]

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 continued to reprise his role as Bobby Brady in the show's many sequels and spin-offs. In 1976, he was uninterested in participating in the The Brady Bunch Hour, so he asked for double the offered salary in hopes his role would be recast, however, instead his request was accepted and resulted in increased salaries for all cast members.[7] He also reprised his role in the 1981 TV movie The Brady Girls Get Married, 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.[2] He also joined with the other Brady Bunch cast in the 2019 television series A Very Brady Renovation on HGTV.[8]

Having left show business, Lookinland operates a business (as of 2019) that makes decorative concrete in Salt Lake City, Utah.[8][9]

Personal life[edit]

Lookinland graduated from Chadwick School in 1978, an independent school located in Palos Verdes Peninsula in Los Angeles, California.[10][11] During the Brady Bunch years, he also attended Hollywood Professional School alongside his TV siblings Maureen McCormick, Christopher Knight and Susan Olsen. After graduating from high school, Lookinland wanted to leave Los Angeles, so he moved to Salt Lake City, Utah to attend the University of Utah, but dropped out in order to pursue a career as a production assistant and camera operator.[2][3]

He wed on May 1, 1987 Kelly Wermuth (born 1962), an occasional actress. Together, they have two children, sons Scott Michael Lookinland (born July 6, 1990), who portrayed him in Growing Up Brady (2000), and Joseph Kelly "Joe" Lookinland (born August 6, 1993), both born in Utah.[12][2][13][1][14] The two worked together, with Lookinland as a production assistant and Wermuth as an extra on Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers.[15]

Lookinland is a self-described Deadhead, having attended more than 100 Grateful Dead concerts and shows.[16] In 1989, the California skate rock band Wonderful Broken Thing recorded their debut full-length album "Looking For Mike Lookinland"; several songs from this album were featured on the H-Street video "Hokus Pokus."[17]

On November 9, 1997, shortly after 7:30 p.m., after leaving the set of Promised Land in St. George, Utah, where he worked as first assistant cameraman, Lookinland was driving in his 1990 Ford Bronco on Utah State Route 18, 35 miles north of St. George, when he looked down to adjust the radio as he was approached a curve and drifted onto the left shoulder, he then overcorrected when trying to steer back onto the pavement and rolled at least two times off the right side of the road. His blood alcohol content was 0.258, more than three times over Utah's legal limit of 0.08. After being treated for cuts and bruises at Dixie Regional Medical Center, he was booked into Washington County Jail, but released on a $1,550 bail.[18] In December, he completed court-ordered rehabilitation service and on May 27, 1998, was sentenced to 24 hours of community service and fined $1,500.[19] He cited this incident as having had implored him to stop drinking.[20][21]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1974 The Towering Inferno Phillip Allbright
1988 Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers N/a Production assistant[22]
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
2019 A Very Brady Renovation Mike Lookinland TV series
2021 Dragging the Classics: The Brady Bunch[23] Bobby Brady Paramount Plus TV special

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Mike Lookinland Biography (1960-)". FilmReference.com.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Mike Lookinland: Actor, Television Actor (1960–)". Biography.com. A&E Networks. Retrieved April 10, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Utahn who was a 'Brady Bunch' star helps HGTV remodel the famous Brady house". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2021-09-22.
  4. ^ Schwartz, Lloyd; Schwartz, Sherwood (2010). Brady, Brady, Brady: The Complete Story of The Brady Bunch as Told by the Father/Son Team who Really Know. Running Press. ISBN 978-0762439621.
  5. ^ The Brady Bunch 35th Anniversary Reunion Special: Still Brady After All These Years - (9/29/2004), retrieved 2019-10-22
  6. ^ Edelstein, Andrew J.; Lovece, Frank (1990). The Brady Bunch Book. New York: Warner Books. pp. 231–232. ISBN 0-446-39137-9.
  7. ^ Nichelson, Ted (2009). Love to Love You Bradys: The Bizarre Story of the Brady Bunch Variety Hour. ECW Press. ISBN 978-1-55022-888-5.
  8. ^ a b Lee, Luaine (September 8, 2019). "Bradys go 'home' again for HGTV". Baltimore Sun. p. A&E 4.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ Chadwick Community School Yearbook 1974. California. 1974.
  11. ^ "Chadwick School". www.nndb.com. Retrieved 2019-09-25.
  12. ^ "Mike Lookinland as Bobby Brady from The Brady Bunch Cast: Then and Now". E! Online. Retrieved 2019-09-25.
  13. ^ "Kelly Wermuth". MyHeritage.com. Retrieved April 10, 2019.
  14. ^ "Scott Michael Lookinland - Rotten Tomatoes". www.rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved 2019-09-25.
  15. ^ Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) KILL COUNT, retrieved 2019-09-25
  16. ^ "Mike Lookinland AKA Bobby Brady: The Bunch, Grateful Dead and His Appearance in Wheaton this Weekend", WGN Radio, August 19, 2016.
  17. ^ Artist: Wonderful Broken Thing
  18. ^ "'Brady Bunch' star faces DUI charge after rollover". Deseret News. 1997-11-12. Retrieved 2021-09-22.
  19. ^ "CARY GRANT AT FIRST SIGHT". Sun-Sentinel.com. June 11, 1998. Retrieved 2021-09-22.
  20. ^ Dam, Julie K.L.; Miller, Samantha (1999-12-13). "The Family Still Matters". People. Archived from the original on 2008-10-17. Retrieved 2021-09-22.
  21. ^ "WATCH: This 'Brady Bunch' Star's Surprising New Career". HuffPost. 2013-09-18. Retrieved 2021-09-22.
  22. ^ Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) KILL COUNT, retrieved 2019-09-25
  23. ^ "'Dragging the Classics: The Brady Bunch' Delivers a Satisfying Twist on a Beloved Sitcom: TV Review". 30 June 2021.

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