Bob Stewart, creator of Mark Goodson gameshows “The Price Is Right,” “To Tell the Truth” and “Password” and the producer, through his own Bob Stewart Prods., of the “Pyramid” gameshows, died Friday, May 4, in Los Angeles of natural causes. He was 91.
Stewart broke into showbiz after WWII, when he landed a job writing for WNEW radio. He began working in television in the medium’s early years, writing, producing and directing for New York-area broadcasters including WNBC.
He got his big break in 1956, when he got a chance to meet with Goodson. Stewart pitched two concepts: one went on to become “The Price Is Right,” the other “To Tell the Truth.” Both shows went on to find success in one form or another for many decades.
While still with Goodson-Todman in 1960, Stewart created “Password.”
In 1964, he started his own production entity and over the next 28 years created and produced 15 network series, including the “Pyramid” franchise, which began with “The $10,000 Pyramid” in 1973 and drew nine Emmys for best gameshow.
Also in 1973, Stewart’s son Sande joined the company. Stewart’s existing properties were sold to Sony in 1994, but the Stewart continued in the business.
Stewart was born Isidore Steinberg in Brooklyn and served in the Army Air Force in the U.S. during WWII.
He was inducted into the Academy Hall of Fame in 2009.
Stewart was interviewed for the “Game Shows” episode of PBS’ 2008 docuseries “Pioneers of Television.”
In addition to Sande, he is survived by sons Barry and David; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.