‘Brady Bunch Hour’ & ‘Land Of The Lost’ Producer Marty Krofft dies at 86

November 27, 2023

Marty Krofft, who produced television masterpieces including "H.R. Pufnstuf," "Donny and Marie," and "Land of the Lost," has passed away at the age of 86.

Saturday, Krofft, a pioneer in primetime and children's television, passed away at his Los Angeles residence surrounded by family and friends. ABC News has confirmed via a representative of the family that the late producer died of renal failure.

“On behalf of the Krofft family and Sid & Marty Krofft Pictures, I have been asked to announce the passing of their brother, father, grandfather and great-grandfather – the legendary and iconic industry mogul, Marty Krofft,” Harlan Boll, Krofft rep, said in a statement, per ABC.

Before establishing a television empire, Krofft oversaw live performances at amusement parks across the United States as the creative director for Six Flags.

What Krofft Was Known For

Although the late producer established the Marty Krofft & World of Sid amusement park in downtown Atlanta in 1976, his television programs and films continue to be his most recognizable works.

Following their collaboration on The Banana Splits, Krofft and his brother Sid established children-oriented Saturday morning television programming.

The Krofft brothers commenced production of H.R. Pufnstuf in 1969, followed by The Bugaloos (1970), Lidsville (1971), Sigmund and the Sea Monsters (1973) and Land of the Lost (1974).

Krofft and his brother also co-produced the television series Danny and Marie (1976), Far Out Space Nuts (1975), The Lost Saucer (1975), and The Krofft Supershow (1976).

Additionally, he assisted in producing The Brady Bunch Hour (1977), Pink Lady and Jeff (1980), Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters (1980), Pryor's Place (1984), D.C. Follies (1987), and Land of the Lost (1991).,

Recent producing credits that are among his most renowned include "Mutt & Stuff" (2015) and "Sigmund and the Sea Monsters" (2016).

Family and Surviving Relitaves

In 2018, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences presented Krofft and his brother, Sid, with the Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award.

Subsequently, in 2020, the pair were honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as a token of remembrance of a lifetime spent delighting children, worldwide.

Krofft is survived by his brothers Harry and Sid; daughters Deanna (and her husband, Randy), Kristina and Kendra (Lou); grandchildren Taylor, Karson, Griffin, Georgia and Drake; and great-grandchild Maddox. He married Christa Rogalski in 1965, and she preceded him in death in 2013.

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