Entries in Dies (2)


'Brady Bunch,' 'Gilligan's Island' Creator Dead

The Brady family, from the television series, 'The Brady Bunch'. Top row (left to right) Maureen McCormick, Florence Henderson, Barry Williams, Christopher Knight; bottom row: Eve Plumb, Mike Lookinland, Robert Reed and Susan Olsen. Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Sherwood Schwartz -- the man who created two of the most iconic shows in television history in The Brady Bunch and Gilligan's Island -- has died at 94 years old.

Schwartz, who got his start in radio, and wrote episodes of the pre-TV permutation of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, won an Emmy for his work on the longrunning Red Skelton Show, and also produced the 1980s sitcom Harper Valley PTA, in addition to various Brady-related projects like 1988's A Very Brady Christmas

A member of his household staff told ABC News that Schwartz died at his home Tuesday morning.

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'Columbo' Star Peter Falk Dies at 83

Jesse Grant/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Actor Peter Falk, who was best known for the title role in Columbo has died, according to a statement released by his family.

"Falk died peacefully at his Beverly Hills home in the evening of June 23, 2011," according to the statement. Peter Falk is survived by his wife, Shera, of 34 years and two daughters from a previous marriage.

The actor suffered from advanced dementia that set on after a series of dental operations in 2007. In 2009, his wife Shera and daughter Catherine engaged in a legal tug-of-war over who should be in charge of his personal affairs; a judge ruled that Shera would retain control.

Falk was best known for his role as iconic cop Lieutenant Columbo in the long-running TV series Columbo. He won four Emmy awards for his work on that show.

Falk also found success on the big screen. He was nominated for Oscars for his roles in 1960's Murder, Inc. and 1961's Pocketful of Miracles.

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