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Sherwood Charles Schwartz (born November 14 1916) is an Americanmarker television producer. He worked on radio shows in the 1940s, and created the television series Gilligan's Island on CBS and The Brady Bunch on ABC. On March 7, 2008, Schwartz, still active in his 90s, was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Famemarker.

Life and career

Schwartz's entertainment career came "by accident". He relocated from New Yorkmarker to southern Californiamarker to pursue a master of science degree in biology. In need of employment, he began writing jokes for Bob Hope's radio program, for which Schwartz's brother, Al Schwartz, worked. Schwartz recalled that Hope "liked my jokes, used them on his show and got big laughs. Then he asked me to join his writing staff. I was faced with a major decision — writing comedy or starving to death while I cured those diseases. I made a quick career change."

He went on to write for Ozzie Nelson's The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet and other radio shows.

He was a writer on the Armed Forces Radio Network before he got his big break in television.

TV appearances

During the late 1990s and the 2000s, he has made many appearances on TV talking about his series, on shows such as the CBS Evening News, 20/20, TV Land's Top Ten and A&E's Biography. He also took part in a "Creators" marathon on Nick at Nite in the late 1990s. He was also a guest at the 2004 TV Land Awards.

In 1988 Schwartz appeared on The Late Show with Ross Shafer for a Gilligan's Island reunion, along with all seven castaways from Gilligan's Island. This was the last time they were all together on television; castaways Jim Backus, Natalie Schafer, Bob Denver, and Alan Hale, Jr. have since died.

Personal life

Schwartz was born in Passaic, New Jerseymarker. He is Jewish.

In his 1988 book Inside Gilligan's Island, he mentions he did not get along well with Red Skelton. In his early years as head writer it was in his contract that Schwartz would not have to meet face-to-face with Skelton. He named his daughter "Hope" after Bob Hope, whom he had good relations with. He is the father of Lloyd J. Schwartz, creator of The Munsters Today.

Filmography

Schwartz went on to create and produce Gilligan's Island, starring Bob Denver, Alan Hale, and Dawn Wells, and The Brady Bunch with Florence Henderson and Robert Reed. He wrote the theme song for three of his shows: Gilligan's Island (co-wrote), It's About Time, and The Brady Bunch.

Wells and Henderson appeared with Schwartz as he received his Walk of Fame honor.

Series Years Job
The Bob Hope Show 1938-1942 Writer for Radio Version
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet 1940s Writer for Radio Version
The Alan Young Show 1940s Writer for Radio Version
I Married Joan 1952-1955 Writer
The Red Skelton Show 1956-1962 Writer
My Favorite Martian 1963 Script Supervisor
Gilligan's Island 1964-1967 Writer, Creator, Producer
It's About Time 1966-1967 Writer, Creator, Producer
The Brady Bunch 1969-1974 Writer, Creator, Producer
Dusty's Trail 1973-1974 Writer, Creator, Producer
Big John, Little John 1976 Producer
Harper Valley PTA 1981-1982 Writer, Producer
Together We Stand 1986-1987 Writer, Producer


Stage productions

On November 10, 2006, his play Rockers opened in Theater West in California.

In 1990, he wrote the play Gilligan's Island: The Musical which is still in production to this day. His son Lloyd, daughter Hope, and son-in-law Laurence Juber worked on the play.

Unsold pilots

He wrote and Executive Produced these two pilots

He also was in the works of creating a pilot for Phil Silvers during the 1966-1967 television season called The Help.

Awards

  • Won the 1961 Emmy Award for his writing on The Red Skelton Show.
  • Was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for his 2004 special "Still Brady After All These Years"
  • On March 7, 2008, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


References

  1. http://ap.lubbockonline.com/pstories/entertainment/20080307/254918604.shtml


External links

www.sherwoodschwartz.com


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