Typecast as a Reverend? Dabbs Greer dies.

I think I only saw the first episode of The Brady Bunch when it was syndicated. It’s hard to believe that the Brady Bunch started in 1969 and has had such an affect on our culture.

Sherwood Schwartz, creator of the series, conceived the idea for the series after reading an article that a growing share of the marriages in the United States involved children from a previous marriage. The TV show was about Mike Brady, a widowed architect with sons Greg, Peter, and Bobby, married Carol Martin, whose daughters were Marcia, Jan, and Cindy. The daughters took the Brady surname. Schwartz wanted Carol to have been a divorcée. The network objected to this, but a compromise was reached whereby no mention was made of the circumstances in which Carol’s first marriage ended, but many assume she was widowed.

The family was put together by Schwartz but joined together by a minister on that 1969 pilot episode. The minister was played by Dabbs Greer, Greer has taken his Final Taxi at the age of 90.

He was not just a minister in the Brady Bunch but also best know for playing the Rev. Robert Alden on “Little House on the Prairie”.

His career spanned more than a half-century and included roles in almost 100 films and about 600 television episodes.

In addition to running the Walnut Grove church on “Little House,” which aired from 1974 to 1983, Greer had recurring TV roles as storekeeper Mr. Jonus on “Gunsmoke” from 1955 to 1960; a coach on “Hank” in the mid-1960s; a regular in shows like “Bonanza” “The Fugitive”, “ Perry Mason”, “ Andy Griffith”, “ The Untouchable, in 1969’s TV series “The Ghost & Mrs. Muir” , a minister on “Picket Fences” in the 1990s; and a grumpy grandfather on “Maybe It’s Me” from 2001-2002.

On “The Adventures of Superman,” Greer dangled from a dirigible and appeared to be rescued midair by the Man of Steel in the 1952 pilot episode.

He debuted on the big-screen in 1949 in an uncredited part in “Reign of Terror.”

In his final film, “The Green Mile” (1999) Greer played the role of an older Paul Edgecomb, the prison guard in the film, whose younger self was played by Tom Hanks. He also played a prison guard opposite Susan Hayward in her Oscar-winning role in 1958’s “I Want to Live!”

Another famous TV couple that Dabbs Greer ( as a TV minister) performed the marriages of was of Rob and Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show. I guess Greer just has the face of a reverend.


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