[Gossip] Gilligan's Island Star Russell Johnson Passes Away
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 01.16.2014
The Professor was eighty-nine...
Russell Johnson, who played the Professor on Gilligan's Island, has passed away. TMZ reports that Johnson died of natural causes at his home in Washington State at the age of eighty-nine.
Johnson began acting in Hollywood in the early 1950s with roles in westerns and sci-fi films, such as It Came From Outer Space in 1953. He had appeared on several TV roles by the time he took up the role of Roy Hinkley, the professor on the ill-fated three-hour tour. Johnson reprised the role in the 1979 TV movie The Castaways On Gilligan's Island and had other roles on shows like The Adventures Of Superman, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Twilight Zone, The Jeffersons, MacGyver and Fame. Film credits included MacArthur, The Great Skycopter Rescue, The Greatest Story Ever Told and Off The Wall.
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