Bruce Howard dies at 86

Penned episodes of 'Gilligan's Island,' ' Brady Bunch'

TV writer Bruce Howard, who penned multiple episodes of comedies including “Gilligan’s Island,” “The Brady Bunch” and “Good Times,” wrote dozens of episodes of “The Dukes of Hazzard” and picked up an Emmy nomination for his efforts on “The Red Skelton Hour,” died of natural causes in Studio City, Calif., on Jan. 30. He was 86.

Howard wrote 32 episodes of Skelton’s show in 1962-63 and also wrote multiple episodes of shows including “McHale’s Navy” and, later, “The Love Boat.” He wrote one or two episodes of “The Lucy Show,” “I Dream of Jeannie,” “The Jeffersons,” “Alice,” “Too Close for Comfort,” “Punky Brewster,” “What’s Happening” and “One Day at a Time.”He was story editor on “The Dukes of Hazzard” from 1979-83.

Born in Brooklyn, Howard started in showbiz as a performer, working as a standup comic with the likes of Milton Berle and Shecky Greene. He appeared in the Catskills and elsewhere around the country. He was also an actor.

Howard is survived by his wife of 39 years, Gaye; three sons; and a daughter.

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