“The Professor on Gilligan’s Island ” Russell Johnson” Dead at 89″


The actor who played the Professor in “Gilligan’s Island” has  died per TMZ.
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.

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.


Source:  TMZ


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