Creator of Gilligans Island,Brady Bunch dies at 94

Sherwood Schwartz, writer-creator of the TV series “Gilligan’s Island” and “The Brady Bunch,” died July 12 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he was being treated for an intestinal infection. He was 94.

Schwartz and his brother, Al, started as a writing team in TV’s famed 1950s “golden age,” said Douglas Schwartz, the late Al Schwartz’s son.

“They helped shape television in its early days,” Douglas Schwartz said. “Sherwood is an American classic … He continued to produce all the way up into his 90s.”

In 2006, Schwartz produced the play “Off Their Rockers” in Los Angeles. It centered around three old ladies who turned complaining into an art form.

“I was inspired by a Sholom Aleichem story about how God hears our complaints,” Schwartz told the Los Angeles Jewish Journal at the time.

Early in his show business career, Schwartz was a comedy writer for Red Skelton and Bob Hope, and then a writer on the TV show “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.”

“I actually started off in pre-med,” he told the Journal in 2006. “In the 1930s the AMA decided there were too many Jewish doctors, so medical school admissions became tougher for applicants with Jewish-sounding last names. I decided to get a master’s degree in biology from USC to make myself more competitive.”

Schwartz was born in 1916 in Passaic, N.J., and grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y. Schwartz’s survivors include his wife, Mildred, sons Donald, Lloyd and Ross Schwartz, and daughter Hope Juber. — ap