“The Brady Bunch” still has legs, and so does Barry Williams, renowned as Greg Brady and now surviving and thriving on “Dancing With the Stars” at age 69.
For a generation raised on “The Brady Bunch” (1969-74), Williams’ run so far through seven episodes of “DWTS” has been awe-inspiring.
The question on the minds of millions of captivated Baby Boomers: Can “Greg” survive another night of intense competition on Tuesday’s episode?
Last week, in a music-video based “DWTS,” Williams and pro partner Peta Murgatroyd -- seen dancing in the show in the above photo -- found themselves in the bottom two.
They narrowly avoiding elimination when the judges and viewers at home sent social-media personality Lele Pons and pro Brandon Armstrong home.
Now competing in the 32nd season of “Dancing With the Stars,” Williams is only the second “Brady Bunch” star to compete on the show.
The other was the late Florence Henderson, one-time “Brady Bunch” mom and Broadway veteran who competed in Season 11 in 2010 at the age of 75. She came in eighth out of 12 contestants.
Now, her eldest TV son, Greg, has a chance to pass her in this week’s show, which will feature dances inspired by the music of Whitney Houston.
If Williams survives the night, he will get a chance to compete in next Tuesday’s highly anticipated show built around the music of the world’s hottest music star, Taylor Swift.
Created by the prolific Sherwood Schwartz -- creator of the ’60s comedies “Gilligan’s Island” and “It’s About Time,” set in the Stone Age -- “The Brady Bunch” has probably never the left the air since its first run ended in 1974. Like “DWTS,” the show was a big hit for ABC.
Williams had already appeared in guest roles on TV when “The Brady Bunch” premiered in September 1969 and made him a star at age 15 (inset photo, above) -- along with the other five child actors who played his siblings in the “blended-family” comedy.
Williams’ show business resumé includes work in musical theater throughout his career following “The Brady Bunch.”
In “Dancing With the Stars,” he is a consummate trouper who is unflappable in the face of setbacks and age-related physical limitations.
Indeed, Williams is the oldest contestant on the show -- 52 years older than the youngest contestant, 17-year-old actress Xochiti Gomez, who stands a good chance of winning the competition this year.
Heading into this week’s show, Williams is one of the seven remaining contestants out of a starting field of 14.
The other contestants he has outlasted include an NFL star, Adrian Peterson; an Oscar winner, Mira Sorvino; and Jamie Lynn Spears, former child star and sister of Britney Spears.
The others sent home so far are comic actor Matt Walsh of “Veep,” actor Tyson Beckford, reality TV personality Mauricio Umansky and the aforementioned Lele Pons.
Besides Williams and Gomez, the other survivors up to this point are actress Alyson Hannigan, reality TV’s Harry Jowsey, last spring’s “Bachelorette” Charity Lawson, Ariana Madix of “Vanderpump Rules” and singer-songwriter Jason Mraz.