Gilligan’s Island Professor: Dead at 86
Actor Russel Johnson dies from pneumonia at age 86, heads to the three hour tour in the sky…
For three seasons Russel Johnson played the iconic character of The Professor, on the still much watched television comedy sitcom Gilligan’s Island until the series was cancelled in 1967. Johnson himself often joked that although the professor could fix almost anything on the island, he was unable to patch the hole in the boat so the lost crew could once again return home.
Prior to his stint as the professor, Johnson was already a well established character actor, starring in such television shows as The Outer Limits and the Twilight Zone. Following Gilligan’s Island, Johnson continued to work somewhat regularly throughout the remainder of the 1960’s and early 1970’s, before the acting jobs began to dry up.
For nearly a decade, Johnson was the last surviving male cast member of the beloved television series.
Russel Johnson, television’s The Professor, dead at 86.