Russell Johnson, Gilligan's Island's Professor, Is Dead at 89
Russell Johnson, the actor who played The Professor on Gilligan's Island, has passed away at the age of 89. Johnson died of natural causes at his home in Washington, according to TMZ.
The Professor, full name Roy Hinkley, Ph.D., was the brains of the famous group of castaways from the popular television show that ran from 1964 to 1967 on CBS. The character is remembered for making radios out of coconuts and bamboo, but apparently he never had the know-how to build a damn raft. However, he did hook up with Ginger, so props for that.
During his television career, Johnson also appeared in two episodes of The Twilight Zone ("Back There" and "Execution"), and held roles on Lassie, Ironside, Gunsmoke, The Jeffersons, and Santa Barbara.
There are now only two remaining living cast members of Gilligan's Island: Dawn Wells, who played MaryAnne, and Tina Louise, who played Ginger.
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