Director, writer and producer Stanley Z. “Zack” Cherry died of cancer on Sept. 27 in Studio City, Calif. He was 74.
Born in Los Angeles, Cherry graduated UCLA before serving in the Army Signal Corps, where he produced and directed more than 30 films.
After a brief stint with literary agency H.N. Swanson, Cherry moved to local affiliate ABC-TV where he won two national documentary awards.
He directed episodes of series including “Flipper,” “Gilligan’s Island,” “Petticoat Junction” and “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis,” as well as episodes of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “The Addams Family.”
Cherry wrote the feature film “Bunny O’Hare,” which starred Bette Davis and Ernest Borgnine and the TV movie “Congratulations, It’s a Boy!” Along with his wife Carole, he co-wrote TV movies “Illusions,” “Cowboy” and “Carpool.”
He also wrote much of the music for his television projects.
After retiring from show business, he earned a masters degree in psychology, and practiced as a family therapist, focusing on Hollywood-related issues.
In addition to his wife of 40 years, Carole, he is survived by a son, a daughter, two stepsons, a stepdaughter and 12 grandchildren.
Donations may be made to the International Head & Neck Institute at USC, 1520 San Pablo Street, Suite 4600, Los Angeles, CA 90033.