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April 18, 2014

TV Obits: Schaefer, Wyse, Mathews

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 12th 2007 6:22PM

The FlintstonesA roundup of TV people from in front of the camera and behind the scenes who have passed away.

  • Will Schaefer: He wrote background music for a number of TV shows over the years, including The Flintstones, I Dream of Jeannie, Hogan's Heroes, The Jetsons, The Tonight Show, Disneyland, The Super Friends, The Phil Silvers Show, Barnaby Jones, and The Flying Nun. He also did music for over 700 commercials (!). He died of cancer near Palm Springs, CA at age 78.
  • Lois Wyse: She was a columnist for Good Housekeeping for many years and the TV movie Million Dollar Face was based on her novel (one of 60 she wrote). But she's probably best known for the ad slogan she came up with: "With a name like Smucker's, it has to be good." She died of cancer at age 80 in New York City.

  • Richard Rettig: He was an NBC executive from 1965 to 2006. He died of cancer at age 64 in Valencia, CA.

  • Kerwin Mathews: He was best known for playing the hero in the classic sci-fi/fantasy film The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, but he made several appearances on TV shows, including Playhouse 90, Goodyear Theater, Space Patrol, Ironside and Disneyland. He died at age 81 in San Francisco.

  • Charles Lane: The veteran character actor died at age 102. We covered his death here.

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