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Joel Rapp
Joel Rapp
Position Writer
Biographical Information
Full Name Joel Malcolm Rapp
Birthdate May 22, 1934
Birthplace New York, New York, United States
Death Date September 15, 2021 (age 87)
Death Place Beverly Hills, California, United States[1]

Joel Rapp was a writer on Bewitched. He co-wrote the seventh season episode, Samantha and the Troll (1971), with Lila Garrett.


Joel Malcolm Rapp was born in New York on May 33, 1934, and raised in Beverly Hills. His father, Philip Rapp, created the Baby Snooks character for Fanny Brice for a CBS radio show and the sketch comedy series The Bickersons for NBC radio. Brice was his godmother and comedian Eddie Cantor his godfather.

Rapp landed his first writing credit on a 1954 episode of CBS’ Topper, starring Robert Sterling and Anne Jeffreys, then wrote for such shows as Highway Patrol, Lassie, Colt .45 and M Squad before the end of the decade.

He wrote for the sitcoms The Donna Reed Show, McHale’s Navy and Gilligan’s Island. His writing résumé also included installments of The Jim Backus Show, Peter Loves Mary, The Patty Duke Show, The Joey Bishop Show, Green Acres, The Lucy Show, The Flying Nun and Bewitched.

In collaboration with Roger Corman, Rapp directed the features High School Big Shot (1959) and Battle of Blood Island (1960) and produced the Fabian-starring The Wild Racers (1968). He also worked in comedy development in the 1960s as a vice president for Universal Pictures.

He quit his job at Universal in 1969 to go into the indoor plant business. Known as “Mr. Mother Earth, Plant Man to the Stars,” Rapp spent eleven years with Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford as the gardener on their morning television program and wrote fourteen books on indoor gardening and cooking. He also spent more than a decade dispensing gardening advice on WABC radio in New York.

Joel Rapp died on September 15, 2021, in his Beverly Hills home. He was 87. Survivors included his wife of thirty-six years, Susan Stoller Rapp; daughters Lisa and Danielle; son-in-law Michael; grandchildren Hannah and Sophie, and brother Paul Rapp, a onetime producer and unit production manager.[2]


  1. Joel Rapp on the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on April 13, 2020, Revised on August 14, 2021, and January 12, 2022.
  2. Barnes, Mike. "Joel Rapp, Sitcom Writer on ‘McHale’s Navy’ and ‘Gilligan’s Island,’ Dies at 87", The Hollywood Reporter, September 16, 2021. Retrieved on January 12, 2022, edited.