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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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Paul Jamison    

Yeah, he was part of an era when there was little talk about drugs in Hollywood and much less greed infested movie stars flaunting their wealth to bully the less fortunate with "materialism."

97 days ago
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lucydiamond2x    

Hello did not see any mention of Jonas Grumby also known as the skipper if I recall correctly portrayed by Alan Hale Jr

97 days ago
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The New Improved Sock Puppet    

I was a kid and Mary Ann was my girl but I thought Ginger was pretty damn hot. I thought The Professor was damn lucky. I still love the show. RIP.

97 days ago
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Hell If I Know    

Loved that show. RIP Professor.

97 days ago
65.

Susan    

When I was a little kid I wanted to marry the professor. Rest in peace Mr Johnson.

97 days ago
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Dee    

So sorry to hear the news. My condolences to the family. One can only hope he had us much joy in his life as he gave all of us. God speed Mr. Johnson a.k.a. "Professor". Now all can be together on God's island and feel as though they are now home.

97 days ago
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EFB2826    

Another good one gone. 89 is a long life. RIP.

97 days ago
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BIGROBB2321    

Such a good man..RIP Professor...

97 days ago
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toddpugz7111    

The shows "cool factor" totally outlived its production run. You just don't see that much anymore. Wish I would have saved that Gilligan's Island lunch box I had in the 3rd grade. RIP Prof.

97 days ago
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Dee    

So sorry to hear the news. My condolences to the family. One can only hope he had us much joy in his life as he gave all of us. God speed Mr. Johnson a.k.a. "Professor". All can now be together on God's island and feel as though they are finally home.

97 days ago
71.

Vote2012    

He drifted off to that island in the sky.

97 days ago
72.

sharon    

Well, he did finally get off the island but it wasn't Gilligan's Island. He lived on Bainbridge Island in Kitsap County, WA.

97 days ago
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Tina M Footes    

AWWW my thoughts and prayers to the prof family and friends, we loved him, he seemed like a really nice guy.

97 days ago
74.

The Truth Is Out There    

Awwwww. So sad. All these wonderful people who made these wonderful shows I loved while growing up are almost all gone. So sad.

At least they have the legacy of having a "cult" status show to be remembered by.

97 days ago
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Britt S.    

So sad to see Russell Johnson has passed awy. My favorite childhood show. The only ones left are Mary Ann and Ginger. I'm feeling so old now. R.I.P. Professor.

97 days ago
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