Sherwood Schwartz, the American television producer credited with creating shows such as 'Gilligan's Island' and 'The Brady Bunch', has died at the age of 94, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Schwartz passed away from natural causes in Los Angeles on Tuesday (12th July 2011).
Beginning his career as a radio writer, Sherwood eventually made the transition to television and worked on programs including 'I Married Joan' and 'The Red Skelton Hour'. He went on to produce 'Gilligan's Island', the much-loved American sitcom about seven castaways attempting to survive and escape from the island where they were shipwrecked. He later created the hugely successful 'Brady Bunch', with Florence Henderson and Robert Reed. Schwartz , who also penned the well-known theme-songs for both hit shows, was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2008 for his contribution to the industry. In 2006, his play 'Rockers' opened at the Theatre West in California while his project 'Gilligan's Island: The Musical' is still in production today.
Sherwood Schwartz, who died peacefully in his sleep while surrounded by his family, is survived by his wife of 69 years Mildred and his four children Donald, Lloyd, Ross and Hope.