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Sherwood Schwartz
Sherwood Schwartz

Sherwood Schwartz was the creator and executive producer of The Brady Bunch.

Vital Information
Name: Sherwood Schwartz
Birthname: Sherwood Charles Schwartz
Born: (1916-11-14)14 November 1916
Birthplace: Passaic, New Jersey
Died: 12 July 2011(2011-07-12) (aged 94)
deathplace: Los Angeles, California
Career Information
Occupation: Television producer, director, screenwriter
Years active: 1938 to 2011
Family/Personal information
Known for: also produced Gilligan's Island
Harper Valley PTA (TV series)
Character/Series involvement
Series inolved with: The Brady Bunch
The Brady Brides
A Very Brady Christmas
Job with series: Co-creator of all above projects with son Lloyd J. Schwartz

Sherwood Charles Schwartz (14 November 1916 – 12 July 2011[1]) was an 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 7 March 2008, Schwartz, at the time still active in his 90s, was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[2]

Life and Career[]

Schwartz's entertainment career came "by accident." He relocated from New York to southern California 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."[3]

Sherwood went on to write for Ozzie Nelson's The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet and other radio shows. Schwartz was a writer on the Armed Forces Radio Network before he got his break in television. He went on to create and produce Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch. He wrote the theme song for three of his shows: Gilligan's Island (co-wrote), It's About Time, and The Brady Bunch.

Syndication turned his two major successes into TV institutions with cultural relevance. He made them icons, and as a result he became a television icon.[4]

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Schwartz receiving his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (2008)

TV Appearances[]

During the late 1990s and the 2000s, Sherwood 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 Network's Biography. He also took part in a "Creators" marathon on Nick at Nite in the late 1990s.[5] He was also a guest at the 2004 TV Land Awards.

In 1988, Sherwood 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.

Personal Life[]

Schwartz was born in Passaic, New Jersey to a Jewish family. His parents were Herman and Rose Schwartz. He is a younger brother of Al Schwartz. He is the uncle of Douglas Schwartz, Bruce Schwartz and Judithe Randall. On 23 December 1941 he married his wife of 69 years Mildred which he considered his greatest accomplishment and together they had four children (three sons and one daughter) Donald who became an ophthalmologist, Lloyd (Lloyd J. Schwartz), Ross, who became an attorney and Hope. Sherwood's play, Rockers, a comedy-drama had a production at Theatre West in honor of his 90th birthday.

Pop Culture References[]

On a Robin Hood-themed episode of The Beverly Hillbillies, a character states that Sherwood Forest is a relative of Sherwood Schwartz. Also, a Roseanne episode was entirely devoted to Gilligan's Island and was titled "Sherwood Schwartz: A Loving Tribute". In Raising Hope, Sherwood is indirectly mentioned during the opening scene of the second season as someone who "started each day with a song that perfectly recapped what was going on." Then she points to an empty chair with a Gilligan-type sailor cap on it. During the episode, the main character, Jimmy, loses his memory and his doctor advises him that unlike a sitcom, memory can't be regained by hitting someone on the head again and uses an episode of Gilligan's Island to illustrate the point.


On 12 July 2011, Sherwood Schwartz died peacefully in his sleep of natural causes. He was survived by his wife of nearly 70 years, Mildred Schwartz and their four children: Donald, Lloyd (the creator of The Munsters Today), Ross, and Hope (wife of Laurence Juber; reportedly named after Bob Hope). He is also survived by eight grandchildren: Juli, Jill, Jackie, Andy, Becky, Nico, Ilsey, and Elliot as well as four great-grandchildren: Rachel, Sarah, Evan and Aidan.[6]


Schwartz produced a number of radio and TV shows during his career.

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 (TV series) 1981–1982 Writer, producer
Together We Stand 1986–1987 Writer, producer

Stage Productions[]

On 10 November 2006, his play Rockers opened in Theater West in California. In 1990, he wrote Gilligan's Island: The Musical, still in production as of 2015. His son Lloyd, daughter Hope, and son-in-law Laurence Juber worked on the play as well.

Unsold Pilots[]

He wrote and executive produced two unsold television pilots:

  • Scamps (1982)—starring Bob Denver, Dreama Denver, and Joey Lawrence
  • The Invisible Woman (1983)—starring Bob Denver, Alexa Hamilton, George Gobel, and Harvey Korman


  • 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 7 March 2008, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Actresses Dawn Wells and Florence Henderson, who appeared in Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch, respectively, also Patrick Denver, son of Gilligan's Island star Bob Denver, and former Brady Bunch kids Christopher Knight and Susan Olsen accompanied Schwartz when he received his star.
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    Susan Olsen, Christopher Knight, Sherwood Schwartz and Florence Henderson at Hollywood Walk of Fame 7 March 2008, where Schwartz recieved his star.


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