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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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Tangient Orange    

I waited on him in Beverly Hills back in the 90's. He came in regularly. Besides being a sweet man, he was a 100% tipper. R.I.P.

1176 days ago
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CJ    

All I hear all day long is how wonderful Sherman was...
Sherman, Sherman, SHERMAN!

1176 days ago
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john johnson    

r.i.p. to mr. schwartz, i just wish he would have fought hard to make sure that EVERY cast member from all those classic shows were paid royalties for their contributions to what are otherwise cult classic programs.

1176 days ago
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SAMANTHA    

THOSE SHOWS WERE GOOD TO WATCH BACK THEN, NO VIOLENCE, NONE OF THE STUFF YOU SEE TODAY ON T.V. NEED MORE SHOWS LIKE THAT FOR OUR CHILDREN. MAYBE THIS WORLD WOULD NOT BE LIKE IT IS TODAY. R.I.P MR. SCWARTZ.

1176 days ago
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Rob    

What a wonderful legacy he has left for us! A brilliant man who deserves our love and respect for all those years of wholesome entertainment he gave to us. How different our lives would have been without him. Thank you, Mr. Schwartz for having such a positive influence on my life. My deepest sympathy to your family.

1176 days ago
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John    

This man is responsible for the most memorable and quotable TV moments from the 60's and 70's. Thank you, Mr. Shwartz. And if I learned one thing from your work, "Mom always says, Don't play ball in the house". Good Night, sir.

1176 days ago
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lmao!    

I grew up watching Gilligan's Island. Made a career of Commercial Fishing party due to trying to find the Island that Maryann was stranded on.

Safe Bouncin' Sir, you will be missed

1176 days ago
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cire     

what a legend! I am honored in being a part of the awesome history S.S has provided us! See you on the S.S.Minnow

1176 days ago
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Sarafina    

My childhood is slipping away more and more with each passing genius of television from the 1960...'s and 1970's. My faves were just the ones Mr. Schwartz created. May he rest in peace...

1176 days ago
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David    

My God! Show some respect for the Schwartz family. This family just lost someone dear to them and to the world. All you people commenting on his sleeping while the family was present is absolutely revolting! I'm so sorry to the Schwartz family for your loss. He gave a lot of himself to the world. May he rest in peace.

1176 days ago
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American    

They forgot to mention "It's About Time". We forgive you for that one, Sherwood.

1176 days ago
102.

T    

Hey Idiots, I don't think they literally meant his family was watching him sleep, it means they were around, like in the house. Anyway...he was a part of many of our childhoods, RIP Mr.Schwartz!

1176 days ago
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rwerner2010    

After 94 years, a life of joy and - probabbly - some sadness comes to an end. As we all have to go this route one time sooner or later, I think it's best not to be sad that he's gone, but cherish the laughter and entertainment he's brought into our homes for many years.

1175 days ago
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jim    

Awwwwww.. RIP... god blesses his family and all his friends.

1175 days ago
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TheBitchyWaiter    

He created two of my favorite shows and I thank him: http://thebitchywaiter.blogspot.com/2011/07/rip-sherwood-schwartz.html

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