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'Gilligan's Island,' 'Brady Bunch' Creator -- Dead at 94

7/12/2011 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Sherwood Schwartz, the television genius who created "The Brady Bunch" and "Gilligan's Island" -- and wrote the theme songs for BOTH shows -- has died ... TMZ has learned.

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Schwartz is a TV legend -- back in 1961, he won an Emmy for his work as a writer on "The Red Skelton Show."

Schwartz also served as a script supervisor on "My Favorite Martian" ... and a writer and producer of "Harper Valley PTA."

Sherwood worked in radio before transitioning over to television -- serving as a writer for Bob Hope's radio show. He also worked on the radio version of "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet."

Schwartz died of natural causes in his sleep, surrounded by his family.

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31.

kittyblingbling    

RIP Mr.Schwartz...there will never be shows like these...grew up watching them and loved every minute of it.

1166 days ago
32.

KikiOttawa    

RIP Sherwood.

What an impressive list of shows. Most of them fairly successful and would put Sherwood in competition with Aaron Spelling's list of shows. Yet how many of us knew Sherwood's name, or what he looked like or anthing about him? Not many I suspect as he kept himself low profile unlike Spelling.

Sad to see these people who helped define my childhood leave us. RIP one and all and thank you for the entertainment!!

1166 days ago
33.

Rhubino    

So - lol stands for "laughing out loud", and "lame obnoxious loser", I see.

1166 days ago
34.

James R. - Los Angeles    

Who the f*ck cares???

I thought he was dead years ago . . .

1166 days ago
35.

Mr. G    

The guy had a good run! I hope I live to be 94.

R.I.P. Sherwood

1166 days ago
36.

boomer8    

I always thought there was a special place in Helll for the writers of Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch!!!
Turns out, it's the same guy!!!
We're saved!!
50 years too late.

1166 days ago
37.

Charles    

RIP sherwood

1166 days ago
38.

Charles    

To Mr. LOL
The joke's on you, Mr Anti-Semite!

To TMZ--ban this nazi hater.

1166 days ago
39.

Canuck    

He made some of the best television shows out there! Truly a great mind! Thank you, Mr. Schwartz for your contributions. My respects to the family for their loss....

1166 days ago
40.

Sue     

LOL ..... you are sick. TMZ ... BOOT HIM!

1166 days ago
41.

R    

Great shows! Thanks! RIP!

1166 days ago
42.

JugEars McKenyan Sr..    

The stuff he ALONE created blows away anything they churn out today in Hollywood as far as clean family oriented fare goes by a long long long shot.

RIP, many laughs thanks to that man. :(

1166 days ago
43.

AIR VIXEN    

Isn't he the grandfather of Rachel Bilson?

1166 days ago
44.

Cooper    

@LOL - how hateful can one pile of crap be?

1166 days ago
45.

vinnie    

Never heard of him but he created great TV. To lol, you are obvious a total jerk sitting behind a computer. The man was a genius and you obviously are not.

1166 days ago
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