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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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91.

Gary    

Sorry to hear about the Professor. I still have a crush on Mary Ann though

176 days ago
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flycaravan@aol.com    

Yes, I guess the whole team are now at the Island enjoy their time with God. May god bless him and his family

176 days ago
93.

bj    

he was always my favorite on gilligan's isle...smokin' hot handsome. RIP

176 days ago
94.

georgechevrolet    

Damn, two pieces of my childhood gone on the same day. The Professor and Reuben Kincaid from the Partridge Family....anyone else feeling old?

176 days ago
95.

Leatherstocking    

One of my favorite childhood characters - The comedic MacGyver of the '60...s, he was one of my inspirations for tinkering and later an engineering career. Remember Russ in westerns as well. Glad so many have good memories.

176 days ago
96.

Keith    

One of the two true castaways. RIP professor.

176 days ago
97.

Quiet    

i use to have such a crush on him

176 days ago
98.

Cherie    

Gillian's Island is on tonight on TV land. It will be bittersweet. So just sit right back and enjoy a tale...http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2014/01/16/gilligans-island-docks-at-tv-land-for-the-first-time-in-10-years/230015/

176 days ago
99.

crystalynn    

R.iP

176 days ago
100.

Keyser Söze    

Well, they always come in threes...

Frankly, I kinda thought he was already gone.

He had a long live and was blessed enough to hang out for years with Dawn Wells and Tina Louise in their youths, so he had a GREAT life!

RIP... you lucky SoB.

176 days ago
101.

gossip_woman    

how sad.. may he Rip condolences to his family and friends.

176 days ago
102.

mike53051    

R.I.P

176 days ago
103.

dierdre    

I really liked the professor...May he rest in peace...So sad the whole cast is gone..It was a great show..

176 days ago
104.

Cathy    

Grew up watching "Gilligan's Island". Rest in peace professor.

176 days ago
105.

buggs    

rip russ. thanks for all the great mems!!

176 days ago
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