'The Professor' from Gilligan's Island dies at age 89 - WNCT

'The Professor' from Gilligan's Island dies at age 89

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The actor who played "The Professor" on the hit CBS show "Gilligan's Island," Russell Johnson, has died.

 His agent, Mike Eisenstadt, says Johnson died Thursday morning at his home in Washington State of natural causes. He was 89.

 Johnson was a busy but little-known character actor when he was cast in the slapstick 1960s comedy about seven people marooned on an uncharted Pacific island.

 Dawn Wells, age 75, and Tina Louise, age 79, known as Mary Ann and Ginger, respectively, on the show are the only living cast members.

 Wells, Mary Ann, and Johnson, the Professor, were not in the season 1 opening credits or theme song, but "the Professor and Mary Ann" were added at the very end of the theme for Seasons 2 and 3.

 Russell Johnson's character, high school science teacher Roy Hinkley, built generators and other gadgets out of scraps of junk found on the island.

 Johnson later joked that the one thing The Professor never figured out how to do was to fix the leaky boat so the group could get back to civilization.

 During its three-season run on CBS, critics lambasted the show. But after its 1967 cancellation, it found generations of new fans in reruns and reunion movies.

 

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