Gilligan's Island Professor Dead at 89
Russell Johnson was the last surviving male cast member
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2014 3:01 PM CST
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(Newser) – Only Mary Ann and Ginger are left now. Russell Johnson, who played "the professor" on Gilligan's Island, has died at age 89, reports E! Online. Johnson has a long list of acting credits to his name, but it was his role on that show from 1964-67 that is by far his best remembered. TMZ notes some trivia: In season one, the show's well-known theme song didn't mention "the professor" (full name, Professor Roy Hinkley) or "Mary Ann" (played by Dawn Wells), instead referring to them as "the rest." That changed in season two, at the insistence of Gilligan himself, the late Bob Denver. Only Wells and Tina Louise, who played Ginger, survive from the main cast.

"Russell was a true gentleman, a good father, a great friend, and 'the rest,'" Wells posted on Facebook. "I love him and shall miss him."

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sunniladi
Jan 18, 2014 2:08 AM CST
we keep losing the greats, people we grew up with who almost seemed like an extension of our families. so very sad. they just don't make sit-coms like this anymore. vaya con dios, mr. Russell.
KJP in Portland
Jan 18, 2014 1:53 AM CST
I'm saddened to hear old Russell Johnson go. Keep on making those coconut radios in Heaven. Godspeed. Excellent character actor.
Chuck Roast
Jan 17, 2014 8:57 PM CST
Thanks for all the great hours of watching the TV, Professor....