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Sherwood Schwartz, who is best known for creating the lighthearted sitcoms Gilligan’s Island and The Brady Bunch, passed away in his sleep at the age of 94.
Schwartz had been hospitalized for the past 10 days with an infection before dying peacefully. He was surrounded by family, according to his wife, Mildred, and daughter, Hope Juber.
“He had a very good life,” Mildred told CNN. “It’s just too bad it had to come to an end.”
Schwartz was born to a Jewish family in Passaic, New Jersey. He pursued a career in medicine when he began writing jokes for Bob Hope’s radio show for some extra cash. Schwartz was so well-received that he joined Hope’s writing staff and threw away his medical career. From radio, Schwartz moved to television and quickly became an icon.
In 1961, Schwartz received an Emmy for his writing on The Red Skeleton Show. In 2008, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Schwartz is survived by his wife of 69 years, four children, eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.