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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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1.

flyers    

Awww - now they will never get off that damn island.

217 days ago
2.

1luv    

He is making coconut radios in the sky now. R.I.P.

217 days ago
3.

tucker    

Awwwh, little piece of my childhood! Rest in peace!

217 days ago
4.

Elliot Rodger    

This is some sad news, Russel was a good friend of mine. I was a big fan of the show growing up.

217 days ago
5.

BLUE UGLY 💩    

RIP Professor

217 days ago
6.

Shoozie    

Another childhood memory is gone. Rest in Peace.

217 days ago
7.

sfrandiver    

No more coconuts phones.

217 days ago
8.

CJ    

Oh noooo! He was so nerdy/hot. When I watched that show when I was a kid, I used to want him and Ginger to hook up!

217 days ago
9.

Canadasux    

Sorry to hear this. My condolances to his family.

217 days ago
10.

Proud2bBlack    

Awe man my Vanilla Island crush, gone but not forgotten. Thought he was the sexiest of all the guys on island. R.I.P.

217 days ago
11.

Wow ...    

Aww, that is sad news. May he RIP. My condolences to all of his family, friends and fans.

217 days ago
12.

texasannie    

Goodbye Professor. Little Buddy and the Skipper are waiting for you!

217 days ago
13.

dee    

I was being born as he was leaving the however i"ve watch the show over and over Truly all was great RIP Mr. Johnson/PROFESSE R

217 days ago
14.

JA    

Rest In Peace..Professor

Reunited the Skipper and Gilligan again

217 days ago
15.

Denver    

Aloha, Professor.

217 days ago
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