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'Gilligan's Island' Star Russell Johnson Dies of Kidney Failure
ABC.com ^ | January 16, 2014 | LESLEY MESSER

Posted on 01/16/2014 12:45:00 PM PST by Timber Rattler

Russell Johnson, the actor best known for playing the Professor on "Gilligan's Island," has died.

ABC News confirmed with the actor's wife, Constance, that the 89-year-old TV star died early this morning of kidney failure.

"He died at home, peaceful, in his sleep at 5:21 am today," she said. "[He was] a very brave guy who knew what he wanted, and he wanted to be at home."

(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...


TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: gilligan; gilligansisland; hollywood; johnson; obituary; professor; russelljohnson; theprofessor
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RIP Professor!


1 posted on 01/16/2014 12:45:00 PM PST by Timber Rattler
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To: Timber Rattler

Could fix anything other than a hole in a boat.

RIP , Russ.


2 posted on 01/16/2014 12:46:00 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: Timber Rattler

Aww. Seemed a likeable gent.

Condolences to his family. Sad.


3 posted on 01/16/2014 12:46:46 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: Timber Rattler

RIP Professor.


4 posted on 01/16/2014 12:47:23 PM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Timber Rattler
RIP, Professor.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

5 posted on 01/16/2014 12:47:33 PM PST by wku man (We are the 53%! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUXN0GDuLN4)
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To: Biggirl

Roy Hinkle.


6 posted on 01/16/2014 12:48:34 PM PST by SpinnerWebb (IN-SAPORIBVS-SICVT-PVLLVM)
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To: TurboZamboni

And he was the only one that could make a transistor radio out of coconuts..RIP Professor


7 posted on 01/16/2014 12:48:41 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Timber Rattler

Just yesterday as I watched Gillian’s Island, I thought, the only ones left alive are Mary Ann, Ginger and The Professor. Well, looks like I have to make a revision B-( My condolences go out to him, his family and friends. He was my favorite character on the show.


8 posted on 01/16/2014 12:48:56 PM PST by Nowhere Man (Mom I miss you! (8-20-1938 to 11-18-2013) Cancer sucks)
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To: Timber Rattler

We’re down now to Ginger and Mary Ann.


9 posted on 01/16/2014 12:49:00 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Timber Rattler

Professor: All right, Ginger, read my mind.
Ginger: 36, 22, 36.
Professor: Well, that’s just the atomic weight of sodium hydro-chloride.


10 posted on 01/16/2014 12:49:03 PM PST by Fester Chugabrew
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To: Timber Rattler

I always suspected he and Mary Ann had something going on.

Which made me jealous....


11 posted on 01/16/2014 12:49:44 PM PST by PGR88
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To: dfwgator

Mary Ann has held up well over the years. And she loves the weed.


12 posted on 01/16/2014 12:51:17 PM PST by Anton.Rutter
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To: Timber Rattler

What do lovey and Thurston say about all this?


13 posted on 01/16/2014 12:51:32 PM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: Timber Rattler

He also used to be a regular on the western series “Black Saddle,” which starred Peter Breck, around 1959-60.

Very prolific actor for a whole decade before he got stuck on that darned island. I always liked him.


14 posted on 01/16/2014 12:52:30 PM PST by greene66
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To: dfwgator

15 posted on 01/16/2014 12:52:35 PM PST by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: Timber Rattler
Russell Johnson bio at IMDB.
16 posted on 01/16/2014 12:53:17 PM PST by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: Timber Rattler

Its amazing how a college professor like him was an expert at electronics, geometry, archeology, plumbing, chemistry, medical sciences,... its endless.

And that he didn’t have the hots for both Mary Ann and Ginger being trapped on the Island with them w no competition..


17 posted on 01/16/2014 12:53:44 PM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
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To: Timber Rattler

He was in Attack of the Crab monsters which I hope they remake one day in Imax and 3D.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0050147/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_126


18 posted on 01/16/2014 12:54:00 PM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: TurboZamboni
Yeah ... didn't he make a short wave out of coconuts ... or something like that ?

ALL those 70's shows were fun shows ... no one trying to make political statements, etc.

Except, Ahchee

19 posted on 01/16/2014 12:55:52 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: Timber Rattler

Besides of course GI, I saw him in “It Came From Outer Space” (a 50s 3d Sci Fi film) on TCM.


20 posted on 01/16/2014 12:56:39 PM PST by C19fan
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To: Timber Rattler

http://www.russell-johnson.com/

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0426157/

Dawn Wells and Tina Louise are the only castaways left. Tina will be 80 years old on Feb. 11.


21 posted on 01/16/2014 12:57:23 PM PST by iowamark (I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy)
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To: Timber Rattler
Ever notice that the first season was in B&W, and that the opening title song ended "...and the rest..."?

I heard that's because the network didn't know if the show was going to be a hit or not, so Sherwood Schwartz didn't want to spend the extra for color until the show was renewed. (Ted Turner fixed that in the 1990s by colorizing the first season, like he did to so many B&W movies.) After the first season, they also rewrote the theme song to add "The Professor and Mary Ann."

RIP Professor.

22 posted on 01/16/2014 12:57:33 PM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: Timber Rattler

The world’s smartest man.

He literally made a geiger counter out of cocoanuts and that was just one thing I can think of off hand.

When I was younger I used to daydream of being stranded with Mary Ann. Even Ginger was OK.


23 posted on 01/16/2014 12:59:17 PM PST by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: Anton.Rutter
Mary Ann has held up well over the years. And she loves the weed.

Considering she's old enough to be my mom, kinda creeps me out.


24 posted on 01/16/2014 1:00:53 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Timber Rattler

Our condolences to his family & friends.

‘Favorite MST3k Movie Riff: What’s all this “and the rest” crap?


25 posted on 01/16/2014 1:02:21 PM PST by PfromHoGro (Free citizens voted to become subjects of the state, how about that!)
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To: Timber Rattler
In addition to providing his country with light-hearted entertainment, Russell Johnson also did some tough, heavy lifting for it. From Wikipedia:

Military career
After high school, in the midst of World War II, Johnson joined the United States Army Air Forces as an aviation cadet and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. He flew 44 combat missions as a bombardier in B-25 bombers. While flying as a navigator in a B-25 with the 100th Bombardment Squadron, 42nd Bombardment Group, 13th Air Force, his plane and two other B-25s were shot down in the Philippines in March 1945 during a low level bombing and strafing run against Japanese targets. The planes were hit by intense flak and had to ditch in the waters off the port of Zamboanga. During the ditching, he broke both his ankles and the radioman next to him was killed. Johnson earned a Purple Heart for this mission. He was also awarded the Air Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with three service stars, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one service star, and the World War II Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged with the rank of first lieutenant on November 22, 1945. He then joined the Army Reserve and used the GI Bill to fund his acting studies at the Actors Lab in Hollywood.
Thanks so much for your service, Mr. Johnson!
26 posted on 01/16/2014 1:02:53 PM PST by Yossarian
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To: iowamark

Tina is going to be 80..DAMN she still looks good for her age


27 posted on 01/16/2014 1:04:21 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: PGR88

Several years back, Russell Johnson put out a book about his time on “Gilligan’s Island” and he mentioned that he and Dawn Wells (Mary Ann) had a close friendship long after the show was cancelled. He also mentioned that she signed all her letters and cards to him, “Love, The Rest”, in reference to the theme song’s lyrics from the first season, “... the movie star and the rest...”


28 posted on 01/16/2014 1:05:13 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: yarddog

And all of it ran off renewable energy - usually Gilligan riding on a stationary bike.


29 posted on 01/16/2014 1:06:25 PM PST by DManA
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To: sickoflibs
And that he didn’t have the hots for both Mary Ann and Ginger

Because he was a nerd and a geek decades before nerds and geeks came into being......He was a nerd/geek before his time......

30 posted on 01/16/2014 1:06:28 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Miss Muffit suffered from arachnophobia.....)
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To: Timber Rattler

Seemed like a good guy, even if he did hate Ronald Reagan.


31 posted on 01/16/2014 1:07:16 PM PST by Mr Rogers (Liberals are like locusts...)
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To: Timber Rattler

RIP Professor!


33 posted on 01/16/2014 1:08:08 PM PST by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: Timber Rattler

We always think of actors from the past as still being the same age in our mind, and when we see those actors that are still living we are most times shocked to see the reality of time and our own mortality hits home.


34 posted on 01/16/2014 1:08:27 PM PST by KeyLargo
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To: sickoflibs
Its amazing how a college professor like him was an expert at electronics, geometry, archeology, plumbing, chemistry, medical sciences,... its endless.

Name: Dr. Roy Hinkley Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio

Education: Six degrees in all, including a B.A. from USC, a B.S. from UCLA, an M.A. from SMU, and a Ph.D. from TCU (all achieved in 25 years)

36 posted on 01/16/2014 1:11:18 PM PST by urtax$@work (The only kind of memorial is a Burning memorial !)
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To: sickoflibs

I was always amazed that he took that many books on a 3 hour cruise...


37 posted on 01/16/2014 1:11:26 PM PST by utford
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To: Timber Rattler

he made geeks cool when I was a kid.

RIP professor and thanks for the memories


38 posted on 01/16/2014 1:11:29 PM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Yo-Yo

The American Flag in Honolulu Harbor is at half mast during the opening of the Pilot. Who knows why?


40 posted on 01/16/2014 1:12:21 PM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: F15Eagle

The Ghost of Flight 401


41 posted on 01/16/2014 1:12:25 PM PST by RckyRaCoCo (Shall Not Be Infringed)
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To: Timber Rattler
This SO weird. Not having seen a single Gilligans Island episode in decades, I happened upon the last 10 minutes of one of the first season, black and white shows last night, while channel surfing. I stopped, the character on the screen at that precise moment was none other than Johnson.

He had a career before The Island, not all of it B-grade sci-fi movies and Zones or Outer Limits.

Trivia Champions will know that "the Skipper's" character name was mentioned in the series at least once ("Jonas Grumby," God bless 'em, Alan Hale, Jr. He and his father were both fine people and fixtures, in their time.)

But, was "the Professor's" character name ever mentioned; was it even hinted at, by Sheldon Leonard or any of the merry band of writers?

Inquiring minds want to know...

42 posted on 01/16/2014 1:12:36 PM PST by Prospero (Si Deus trucido mihi, ego etiam fides Deus.)
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To: Mr Rogers

:: even if he did hate Ronald Reagan ::

Maybe because Ronnie was Union-wonk during the days of GI?

Just thinking out-loud.


43 posted on 01/16/2014 1:13:13 PM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations: The acronym defines the science.)
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To: Prospero

All of their names were given in a radio report on the first episode.

Natalie Shaefer really was pretty old when the show was on. She was pretty spry for her age.


44 posted on 01/16/2014 1:16:22 PM PST by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: Yossarian

Imagine that!An American Hero coming out of Hollywood.In his case Hollywood came after his Service but its still nice to see and read about his military exploits.

Unlike Hollywood today,During the Second World War a lot of Athletes and actors were proud to serve their country in the military.

Today its up to some poor middle class guy to sign up.


45 posted on 01/16/2014 1:18:38 PM PST by puppypusher ( The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

Or, I also think he had a son die of AIDS. Might have joined in with the activist crowd that blamed Reagan. I saw Johnson and his wife interviewed on the subject once.


46 posted on 01/16/2014 1:18:50 PM PST by greene66
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To: TurboZamboni

Was a vet who won a bronze star, if I recall, landing planes in the Pacific.


47 posted on 01/16/2014 1:19:15 PM PST by LS ('Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually.' Hendrix)
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To: TurboZamboni

Could make a radio out of coconuts but couldn’t contact anyone.


48 posted on 01/16/2014 1:19:52 PM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: puppypusher

Actors were different back in the day. Read Jimmy Stewart’s record sometime.


49 posted on 01/16/2014 1:19:59 PM PST by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

He was McGuyver’s idol. LOL.


50 posted on 01/16/2014 1:20:11 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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