As an addendum to my earlier post on the Brady Bunch: Wikipedia reports that Cousin Oliver was added to The Brady Bunch’s cast in hopes that his “with Dutch Boy haircut and wire-rimmed glasses, his resemblance to pop singer John Denver and juvenile appeal would help the flagging series.”
I confirmed this information on three other sites, including an interview in the Washington Post.
It might actually be true.
Let me say that again:
The producers of The Brady Bunch added a character to the show in hopes that his resemblance to John Denver would somehow boost ratings.
I also found that Robbie Rist, the actor who played Cousin Oliver, appeared on John Denver’s variety show several times and won a John Denver Look-Alike contest.
This story gets stranger by the minute.