One of the most prolific writers in the history of television received a well-deserved honor today, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Though he’s written for many shows like My Favorite Martian and The Red Skelton Show, Sherwood Schwartz will always be remembered for creating two incredibly successful sitcoms, Gilligan’s Island and The Brady Bunch. Though they only ran for three and five seasons respectively, they continue to be very popular in reruns and have spawned numerous reunions and spin-offs.
At the event, Dawn Wells (Gilligan’s Mary Ann) and Florence Henderson (Brady Bunch’s Carol) both spoke about their great appreciation and admiration for Schwartz. Christopher Knight (Pete) and Susan Olsen (Cindy) were also in attendance to represent the Brady brood. Patrick Denver (son of Gilligan star Bob Denver) was there as were many of Schwartz’s family members and friends (including Let’s Make a Deal game show legend Monty Hall).
The affection for this warm and funny 91-year-old man overflowed from both the guests and the public. Though the star dedication wasn’t really publicized, there was a massive crowd on hand to show their support. I had the pleasure of briefly meeting Schwartz today and am pleased to tell you that he is still quite alert, friendly, and quick-witted.
Below are a few photos and you can see a full video of the event by going here. Stay tuned!
|The three members of the Brady Bunch cast with Susan Olsen’s son. He looks a bit like cousin Oliver doesn’t he?||The still-lovely Dawn Wells is just as sweet as her Gilligan’s Island character. She happily posed for photos, signed autographs, and chatted with fans.|
|Patrick Denver (son of Bob) posed with Wells and Schwartz. Isn’t Denver’s profile incredibly similar to his dad’s?||Denver made a joke about doing a “next generation” version of Gilligan’ Island. All three enjoyed a good laugh.|
[…] created and produced several other TV series but none of them were nearly as popular. Schwartz was kept busy for much of his later career working on numerous Brady and Gilligan reunions, movies, series, […]
It’s amazing that a 10-year-old good-for-nothing Dakota Fanning gets a Hollywood star but it takes Sherwood Schwartz 40 years to get one after all of his incredible accomplishments. He was a huge part of the childhood of tens of millions of Americans.