Unsung heroes of TV

by BWRocks | created - 23 Aug 2015 | updated - 24 Aug 2015 | Public

These are the people behind the small screen that are responsible for so much. These are the writers, the producers, the directors, and the creators. These are the true "stars" of television. Listed in no particular order, I tried to include the talented people that I am mostly familiar with. I truly wish to thank them for all that they have done.

1. Howard Leeds

Writer | Diff'rent Strokes

Howard Leeds, the sitcom veteran who developed The Facts of Life and produced and wrote for The Brady Bunch, Diff'rent Strokes and Silver Spoons,

In the late 1970s, Leeds was a producer on the hit Diff'rent Strokes, starring Conrad Bain and child star Gary Coleman, when he was asked by NBC head Fred...

2. Bob Schiller

Writer | Maude

Bob Schiller was born on November 8, 1918 in San Francisco, California, USA as Robert Achille Schiller. He is known for his work on Maude (1972), All in the Family (1971) and Flip (1970). He was married to Sabrina Scharf and Joyce Gloria Harris. He died on October 10, 2017 in Pacific Palisades, ...

3. Jay Sandrich

Director | Mary Tyler Moore

Jay Sandrich was born on February 24, 1932 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Jay Henry Sandrich. He is a director and assistant director, known for The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970), The Cosby Show (1984) and Soap (1977). He has been married to Linda Green Silverstein since October 4, 1984. He was ...

4. Tony Thomas

Producer | Dead Poets Society

Tony Thomas was born on December 7, 1948 in Hollywood, California, USA as Charles Anthony Thomas. He is known for his work on Dead Poets Society (1989), The Golden Girls (1985) and Insomnia (2002). He has been married to Ann Souder since September 24, 2005.

5. Sid Krofft

Producer | Land of the Lost

Sid Krofft was born on July 30, 1929 in Athens, Greece as Cydus Yolas. He is a producer and writer, known for Land of the Lost (2009), Pryor's Place (1984) and Land of the Lost (1974).

6. Marty Krofft

Producer | Land of the Lost

Marty Krofft was born on April 9, 1937 in Montréal, Québec, Canada. He is a producer and writer, known for Land of the Lost (2009), Pryor's Place (1984) and Land of the Lost (1974). He was previously married to Christa Rogalski (Christa Speck).

7. Jerry Thorpe

Producer | Kung Fu

Jerry Thorpe was born on August 29, 1926 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Richard Jerome Thorpe. He was a producer and director, known for Kung Fu (1972), The MacKenzies of Paradise Cove (1979) and The Venetian Affair (1966). He was married to Dee Turnell. He died on September 25, 2018 in Santa ...

8. Lloyd J. Schwartz

Producer | The Brady Bunch

Lloyd J. Schwartz has been successful TV, motion pictures and theatre. Beginning with his work as a dialogue coach on his father, Sherwood Schwartz's series, "It's About Time," "Gilligan's Island" and "The Brady Bunch," he swiftly rose to producer and with Sherwood became the only father/son ...

9. Jess Oppenheimer

Writer | I Love Lucy

Jess Oppenheimer (November 11, 1913 - December 27, 1988)

Lucille Ball called Jess Oppenheimer "the brains" behind I Love Lucy (1951), and with good reason. As series creator, producer, and head writer, "Jess was the creative force behind the 'Lucy' show," confirms director William Asher. "He was the...

10. Sherwood Schwartz

Writer | Gilligan's Island

Sherwood Schwartz was born on November 14, 1916 in Passaic, New Jersey, USA as Sherwood Charles Schwartz. He was a writer and producer, known for Gilligan's Island (1964), The Red Skelton Hour (1951) and The Running Man (1987). He was married to Mildred Seidman. He died on July 12, 2011 in Los ...

11. Madelyn Davis

Writer | Life with Lucy

Madelyn Davis was born on March 15, 1921 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA as Madelyn Pugh. She was a writer and producer, known for Life with Lucy (1986), I Love Lucy (1951) and The Tom Ewell Show (1960). She was married to Dr. Richard Merrill Davis and Quinn Martin. She died on April 20, 2011 in ...

12. Jean Rouverol

Actress | Bar 20 Rides Again

Jean Rouverol was born on July 8, 1916 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. She was a writer and actress, known for Bar 20 Rides Again (1935), It's a Gift (1934) and Guiding Light (1952). She was married to Hugo Butler. She died on March 24, 2017 in Wingdale, New York, USA.

13. Bob Weiskopf

Writer | Maude

Bob Weiskopf started his prolific career writing jokes in 1940 and later wrote for Eddie Cantor, Fred Allen, Danny Thomas, Red Skelton, Phyllis Diller and Carol Burnett. He also wrote for many TV sitcoms including I Love Lucy, won Emmys for All in the Family and the Flip Wilson Show.

14. Bob Carroll Jr.

Writer | Life with Lucy

Bob Carroll Jr. was born August 12, 1918, in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. At the age of three, Carroll and his family moved to St. Petersburg, Florida. His interest in writing was sparked when as a teenager he entered a radio contest, submitting a script he had written while laid up in bed recovering ...

15. Milt Josefsberg

Script_department | All in the Family

Milt Josefsberg was born on June 29, 1911 in New York, USA. He is known for his work on All in the Family (1971), The Lucy Show (1962) and The Jack Benny Program (1950). He died on December 14, 1987 in Burbank, California, USA.

17. Frank Dungan

Writer | Barney Miller

Frank Dungan is a writer and producer, known for Barney Miller (1975), Campus Cops (1995) and Sister Kate (1989).

18. Bernie Kukoff

Writer | Tucker's Witch

Bernie Kukoff is a writer and producer, known for Tucker's Witch (1982), Reggie (1983) and Operation Petticoat (1977).

19. Paul Junger Witt

Producer | Dead Poets Society

Paul Junger Witt was born on March 20, 1941 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a producer and director, known for Dead Poets Society (1989), The Golden Girls (1985) and Three Kings (1999). He was married to Susan Harris and Ann Elizabeth McLaughlin. He died on April 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, ...

20. Brian Cooke

Writer | George & Mildred

Brian Cooke was born in 1937 in Liverpool, England. He is known for his work on George & Mildred (1976), Starting from Scratch (1988) and Man About the House (1973).

21. Johnnie Mortimer

Writer | Never the Twain

Johnnie Mortimer's name was not widely known but he was the author of many of television's best known and most fondly remembered comedies. Television critics seldom gave him the credit his talents deserved but his success was unique. With his partner and longtime friend Brian Cooke he wrote series ...

22. Don Nicholl

Writer | Three's Company

After his death, his widow Gee Nicholl endowed the Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Program.

23. Michael Ross

Writer | Three's Company

Michael Ross was born on August 4, 1919 in New York City, New York, USA as Isidore Rovinsky. He was a writer and producer, known for Three's Company (1976), All in the Family (1971) and The Jeffersons (1975). He was married to Irene Saslaw. He died on May 26, 2009 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

24. Bernard West

Writer | Three's Company

Bernard West was born on May 30, 1918 in Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Bernard Wessler. He was a writer and producer, known for Three's Company (1976), All in the Family (1971) and The Jeffersons (1975). He was married to Miriam 'Mimi' Berman. He died on July 29, 2010 in Beverly Hills, ...

25. Garry Marshall

Actor | Never Been Kissed

Garry Marshall was born on November 13, 1934 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Garry Kent Maschiarelli. He was a writer and producer, known for Never Been Kissed (1999), Pretty Woman (1990) and A League of Their Own (1992). He was married to Barbara Marshall. He died on July 19, 2016 in...

26. Jerry Belson

Writer | The Tracey Ullman Show

Jerry Belson was born on July 8, 1938 in El Centro, California, USA as Jerome Leon Belson. He was a writer and producer, known for The Tracey Ullman Show (1987), The Odd Couple (1970) and Always (1989). He was married to Jo Ann Harris and Viviann Flogell. He died on October 10, 2006 in Los Angeles,...

27. Neil Simon

Writer | The Odd Couple

Neil Simon was born on July 4, 1927 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Marvin Neil Simon. He was a writer and producer, known for The Odd Couple (1968), Murder by Death (1976) and The Goodbye Girl (1977). He was married to Elaine Joyce, Diane Lander, Marsha Mason and Joan Baim. He died ...

28. Michael G. Moye

Writer | The Jeffersons

Michael G. Moye was born on August 11, 1954 in the USA as Michael George Moye. He is a writer and producer, known for The Jeffersons (1975), Married... with Children (1987) and It's Your Move (1984). He has been married to Rose Jackson since 1996. They have one child.

29. Michael Leeson

Writer | The War of the Roses

Michael Leeson was a writer and producer, known for The War of the Roses (1989), Grand (1990) and The Tuxedo (2002). He died in July 2016 in unknown.



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