Sherwood Schwartz, the man who created and co-wrote both The Brady Bunch and Gilligan’s Island, passed away early this morning at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in LA. He had been hospitalized for the past week with an intestinal infection which required surgery.
Despite his age, Schwartz was apparently still working up until his death. His nephew, Douglas Schwartz, who helped created Baywatch, told the AP that Sherwood was working on a Gilligan’s Island screenplay when he passed.
From the AP story:
Sherwood 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, creating `Brady Bunch’ and `Gilligan’s Island,’ iconic shows that are still popular today. He continued to produce all the way up into his 90s.”
The Brady Bunch remakes of the mid-90′s were pretty hilarious. Hopefully Schwartz’s dream of a Gilligan’s Island movie will happen one day, despite its creator’s passing.