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Tam Spiva
Vital Information
Name: Tam Spiva
Birthname: Hubert Tamblyn Spiva, Jr.
Born: (1932-06-18)18 June 1932
Birthplace: Minden, Louisiana
Died: 30 April 2017(2017-04-30) (aged 84)
deathplace: Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles
Career Information
Occupation: Television/film screenwriter
Family/Personal information
Known for: also wrote episodes for the Gentle Ben TV series
Character/Series involvement
Series inolved with: The Brady Bunch
Job with series: Story editor, 51 episodes in Seasons 2-4
Writer, 9 episodes, Seasons 1-5

Hubert Tamblyn "Tam" Spiva, Jr. (born 18 June 1932[1] - 30 April 2017) is a television screenwriter who currently resides in Pacific Palisades, California. He is best known for his work on ABC's The Brady Bunch TV series (1969–1974), where he served as a story editor for a total of 51 episodes, beginning with the Season 2 episode "Where There's Smoke" and concluding with the Season 4 episode "A Room at the Top". Tam also wrote nine episodes, beginning with Season 1's "The Big Sprain" and concluding with the episode "Peter and the Wolf" in Season 5, the final season of the series. [2] and CBS-TV's family drama Gentle Ben (1967–1969) starring Dennis Weaver.[3]

Born and raised in Minden, Louisiana, Spiva graduated from the defunct Western Military Academy in Alton, Illinois, near St. Louis, Missouri and then Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He also studied at the London School of Film Technique. His early free-lance writing was rewarded in the script for the 1965 film Island of the Lost. In addition to The Brady Bunch and Gentle Ben, Spiva garnered credits for two other ABC series, The FBI starring Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., and Dan August starring Burt Reynolds.[4]


  1. birth ref check per
  2. Hill, Tony L.. "The Canonical Brady Bunch Episode Guide". Retrieved 2008-10-05.
  3., Tam Spiva:
  4. "Brady Bunch Writer in Minden This Week". Minden Press-Herald: p. 1. 1970-03-25.

External links[]

  • Tam Spiva at the Internet Movie Database (IMDb)