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Russell Johnson

Professor From Gilligan's Island

Dead at 89

1/16/2014 2:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The actor who played the Professor in "Gilligan's Island" has died ... TMZ has learned.

Russell Johnson, who played Professor Roy Hinkley, died of natural causes at his home in Washington.

Dawn Wells, who played Mary Ann, just posted on Facebook, "My 2 favorite people are now gone.  The professor past (sic) away this morning.  My heart is broken."

The other person who died is Bob Denver, who played Gilligan.  He died in 2005.

Johnson was on the show from 1964 to 1967.   Johnson was not in the original opening of the show.  He and Mary Ann were referred to as "The rest."  But Denver insisted that they be included and that happened later.

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Wells went on:  "Russell was a true gentleman, a good father, a great friend, and 'the rest.'"

Johnson was married -- this was his third wife.  He passed away in hospice, surrounded by his wife and 2 kids.

Johnson was 89.

The only surviving members of the original cast are Mary Ann and Ginger, played by Tina Louise.

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221 COMMENTS

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151.

RUTH PLENCNER    

RIP Russell!!!! Gilligans Island is still on in reruns I love watching it.

194 days ago
152.

The Zombie    

Rest in peace, sir, and thanks for the laughs.

194 days ago
153.

Doug    

R.I.P. Mr. Johnson. Watched your show every day after school. You'll be missed....

194 days ago
154.

Ron Fing Swanson    

The built a radio out of coconut, mad respect. R.I.P the Professor.

194 days ago
155.

MarcusR    

Your legend lives, prof.
Not just on Gilligan, but on the dozens of Westerns you made. Check out Encore Westerns, he played lots of bad guys, maybe even a good guy or 2.

194 days ago
156.

Debbie    

Amazing how his facial features didn't change a lot with age. Still a handsome man at 89 years young. RIP Mr. Johnson.

194 days ago
157.

kenm    

I think this proves once and for all that the professor liked Maryann more than Ginger.

194 days ago
158.

proser    

Child molestation is no joke, as I *well* know! But I don't agree that some things are taboo.
Why should they be?

As a society we are too uptight about everything!

194 days ago
159.

bob rocco    

hated that show. 2 very hot women n the men run around looking like idiots trying to do something else. professor had the brains to get them off island , so why didnt he

194 days ago
160.

Cindy    

Just the girls are left.
But the memories remain.

194 days ago
161.

jayndeb    

Now those were the days. family liked watching tv together. familys sat down for dinner together an prayed. and we had motown , zepplin an best best music

194 days ago
162.

Red Sam Rackham    

Bob Denver was 1 kewl non-egotisticle dude. As star of Gilligan's Island HE insisted that Russell Johnson & Dawn Wells be mentioned in opening credits instead of just referred to as "and the rest" when opening was reshot for color episodes. Denver also fought to get TV guide to include Dawn Wells on TV Guide cover with him & Tina Louise, but TV Guide double crossed him by cutting Wells out of the photo.

194 days ago
163.

david    

I often wondered how the "professor" could make a functional radio out of a coconut, but couldn't figure out how to fix a hole in a boat.

194 days ago
164.

Sili'LilSkoolgrl    

That was such a depressing show.

194 days ago
165.

JP    

Thanks for the laughs Professor. RIP.

193 days ago
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