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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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pacolts    

growing up i loved this show and watched it over and over. love all the cast but being a young boy(at the time) i still loved maryann and ginger. love you all...thanks for the memories to you all!!!!! i hope when it's my time i end up on the island with you. i'm pretty sure professer can figure out how to make booze from coconuts. maybe i can get maryann and ginger drunk!!! lol love all of you!!!!!!!!!

195 days ago
122.

Lee Peyton    

There goes another piece of my childhood

195 days ago
123.

Brenda    

R.I.P. Mr Johnson.

195 days ago
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big fan past and present    

I watched the originals when I was growing up and now I watch the re-runs as I am growing old. I love all of the cast and as someone said the skipper & Gilligan are waiting on him to welcome him home again

195 days ago
125.

Lee Peyton    

There goes another piece or my childhood

195 days ago
126.

janlou85    

The original McGyver. Rest in peace.

195 days ago
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pacolts    

i have grown up watching this show. watched it over and over. russel "the professer" grew up not far from me. i am in scranton pa. i loved that show as a kid and am proud he is from my area. i loved all the people on the show but as a "young boy" my favories were ginger and maryann. maybe when it's my time god will send me to the island. and maybe the professor will figure out how to mak booze out of coconuts so i can get ginger and maryann drunk....hehehe!!! lol rip and god bless russell.

195 days ago
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ProudMexicanAmericanWoman    

Aww RIP I love that show & the professor!

195 days ago
129.

olu32    

I was just watching the Gilligan's Island, last night, I wondered what happened to him. May he rest in peace

195 days ago
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mousetrap    

Gilligan's Island reruns were on every afternoon after school in the '70's. It was a big part of my childhood. Good memories. Rest in Peace.

195 days ago
131.

green head    

Thank you for your Service to OUR COUNTRY Russell Johnson....

195 days ago
132.

Roberta    

The Professor! I liked him the best!

Even though the entire cast were teriffic !

Gilligan's Island was a wonderful TV show!

195 days ago
133.

Kat    

R.I.P How we enjoyed you and this show. I am glad to hear that TV Land has placed it back.. I have grown so tired of networks playing violent , ***my shows.

195 days ago
134.

Eve357    

I USE 2 WATCH THEM EVERY WEEKEND WHEN I WAS 10YRS OLD I AM VERY SADING TO HEAR THAT EVERY ONE IS GOING . OFF THE ISLAND EXPECTED MARY ANN,GINGER, I HOPE THAT PARTED W / MARY ANN ,GINGER MAKE EVERYONE READ PUT SMILE ON THERE FACE .HE WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBER AND MISSED

195 days ago
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dale     

my condolences to the family I loved that show with him in it he was funny

195 days ago
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