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'Brady Bunch' and 'Gilligan's Island' Creator Sherwood Schwartz Has Died
Sherwood Schwartz, the creator of beloved 1960s sitcoms like "The Brady Bunch" and "Gilligan's Island," has died. He was 94. "Schwartz died of natural causes in his sleep, surrounded by his family," reports TMZ.Schwartz did not begin his career in television, but rather came to it serendipitously after moving from his native New York to Southern California to pursue a Master's degree in biology. He wound up working for the radio show that employed his brother, Al, by writing jokes. Schwartz then started working in radio, and ultimately television, where he found his eventual fame.
A writer, songwriter (he wrote the themes for "Brady Bunch" and "Gilligan's Island,") and producer, Schwartz left his stamp on numerous shows, like "My Favorite Martian," and "Harper Valley PTA," among others. He received his start on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in March 2008.
Schwartz is survived by his wife of 69 years, Mildred Schwartz, and four children Donald Schwartz, Lloyd J. Schwartz, Ross Schwartz and Hope Juber.