‘Gilligan’s Island’ Professor Russell Johnson Dies At 89

Alan Hale Jr., Russell Johnson and Bob Denver in ‘Gilligan’s Island’ (1966)
Alan Hale Jr., Russell Johnson and Bob Denver in ‘Gilligan’s Island’ (1966)

Photo: AccessHollywood.com

Well, gee.  This is sad. Russell Johnson, who played The Professor in the TV series Gilligan’s Island has passed away at the age of 89. He was a resident of Bainbridge Island, Washington, and died in his sleep today of natural causes.

via:  AccessHollywood.com

His 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.

Ahhhh, the innocent days of TV when a high school teacher didn’t resort to cooking meth when tragedy arose.

RIP, Mr. Johnson.

2 Responses to ‘Gilligan’s Island’ Professor Russell Johnson Dies At 89

  1. Nobody to make a coconut radio now. :'(
    I also heard that Reuben Kincaid died too so no one can book a Partridge Family gig either. :'(

    • He did die, too. I’m desperately looking for a clip of when Danny is with Mr. Kincaid and calls Shirley’s boyfriend a “GIG-alo”. Funny stuff.