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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.

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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Gustav LaFong    

When I was a kid, he was the first character I saw who was "nerdy cool".

92 days ago

The Zombie    

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

92 days ago


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

92 days ago

The Zombie    

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

92 days ago


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

92 days ago

Ron Fing Swanson    

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

92 days ago


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.

92 days ago


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

92 days ago


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

92 days ago


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!

92 days ago

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

92 days ago


Just the girls are left.
But the memories remain.

92 days ago


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

92 days ago

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.

92 days ago


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.

92 days ago
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