Marty Krofft, co-creator of ‘H.R. Pufnstuf,’ dead at 86

Marty Krofft, co-creator of ‘H.R. Pufnstuf,’ dead at 86

Marty Krofft, who created popular children’s television shows such as “H.R. Pufnstuf” and “The Bugaloos,” has died of kidney failure at the age of 86, his publicist Harlan Boll said on Saturday.

Referred to as the “King of Saturday Mornings,” Krofft rose to prominence for his work on “The Banana Splits Adventure Hour” before starting Sid and Marty Pictures with his brother Sid Krofft in 1969.

The two brothers produced colorful, fantasy-themed children’s shows that also included “Lidsville,” “Land of the Lost,” and “Sigmund and the Sea Monsters.”

They also produced primetime shows such as the “D.C. Follies” series, “The Donny and Marie Show” and “The Brady Bunch Hour.”


Marty Krofft, pictured here in 2010, died last week.
Marty Krofft, pictured here in 2010, died last week.
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Marty Krofft (center) speaks as he and Sid accept a pop culture award at the taping of the seventh annual TV Land Awards in Los Angeles on April 19, 2009.
Marty Krofft (center) speaks as he and Sid accept a pop culture award at the taping of the seventh annual TV Land Awards in Los Angeles on April 19, 2009.
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The Krofft brothers’ honors included a Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award in 2018.

They were also awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2020.

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