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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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Sili'LilSkoolgrl    

That was such a depressing show.

90 days ago
167.

JP    

Thanks for the laughs Professor. RIP.

90 days ago
168.

4ronnie    

not cool channel "ABC" for making fun of his death!

89 days ago
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kayj728    

Eventually, the opening DID say, "the professor and maryann, here on Gilligan 's isle".

89 days ago
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Iceemann115    

Shows like gilligans island and the Andy Griffith show take me back to a simpler time. I love watching these old shows.. They don't make em like that anymore.. R.I.P. professor, skipper, gilligans, Andy, and Barney..

89 days ago
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carlos rodriguez    

Thanks for the memories, you made life easier. You will be missed.

89 days ago
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tulipsonuranus    

His nutritionist said he died from eating too much Ginger.

88 days ago
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