Sherwood Schwartz

November 14, 1916 – July 12, 2011

“I was faced with a major decision—writing comedy or starving to death while I cured those diseases.” -Sherwood Schwartz

Sherwood Schwartz tried to pay his way through college by writing jokes for Bob Hope. Hope derailed the education of a promising young doctor by offering him a full-time job on the writing staff and all we, the general TV-watching public, got out of it were two of the most beloved sitcoms of all time. Schwartz moved on from the Bob Hope radio show to write for Ozzie and Harriet and Red Skelton before finding his ultimate success in television: creating and producing, first, Gilligan’s Island and then The Brady Bunch. Both shows went on to entertain millions and – thanks to Schwartz’s syndication deals – generations that followed. He even co-wrote the iconic theme songs for both shows just for good measure. Schwartz worked on and influenced a number of other shows throughout his 94 years. He became something of a pop culture icon and will always be remembered for giving us the Bradys and the S.S. Minnow castaways. He died of natural causes in his sleep but his creations live on to this day.

Burial

Hillside Memorial Park – Culver City, CA

Specific Location

Valley of Remembrance, Block 3, Plot 187, Space 7; From the northern curb of this section, locate the white bench near the “Block 3” curb marker. Count 3 rows west of this bench, then walk south. Sherwood is buried in this row about 7 spaces north of a tree.

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