Archive for Gilligan’s Island

Sherwood Schwartz

Posted in Hillside Memorial Park with tags , , on November 2, 2018 by Cade

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. Continue reading

Jim Backus

Posted in Westwood Memorial Park with tags , , on October 21, 2013 by Cade

backus2February 25, 1913 – July 3, 1989

As Thurston Howell III on the classic CBS sitcom Gilligan’s Island, Jim Backus played to a personal strength: his ability to portray lovable upper-class snobs. Gilligan’s “millionaire” was just the most famous of his well-to-do characters, but he made a good living portraying them on radio and in television for decades. Of course, he was notable for playing another famous character, as well. He was the voice of the near-sighted cartoon character, Mr. Magoo on television and film. Continue reading