News

Professor from ‘Gilligan’s Island’ dead at 89

Professor from ‘Gilligan’s Island’ dead at 89

GILLIGAN'S ISLAND: Dawn Wells, Bob Denver and Russell Johnson (L-R), cast members in "Gilligan's Island," pose during a launch party for "Gilligan's Island: The Complete First Season," which will debut on DVD Feb. 3, 2004. Photo: Associated Press

russelljohnson
Russell Johnson,(far right) the “Professor,” on “Gilligan’s Island,” in a 1978 photo.

Russell Johnson, the actor best known for playing the Professor on TV’s hit sitcom “Gilligan’s Island,” died Thursday at 89.

Johnson played Professor Roy Hinkley in the CBS series for three years.

If Johnson had his way, you wouldn’t be remembering him as the Professor on “Gilligan’s Island.”

Johnson told AP Radio in 1993, he wished he had never done the role.

PHOTOS: 2014 Notable Deaths

He said his career “took an absolute right turn” and never got back on track. But he figured what was done was done. He said he made the decision and he lived “with the results of it.”

Johnson died at home of natural causes.

Latest Stories

in National, World

ISIS claims responsibility for Texas Mohammad cartoon attack

Fresh
garlandattack

Federal agents for years monitored one of the two gunmen who were shot dead after opening fire with assault rifles at a heavily guarded Texas exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad.

in Trending, Viral Videos

TODAY’S MUST SEE: Amazing backward toss

Fresh
16-overlay

From trash into a can to dishes into a dishwasher (without breaking!) this guy can throw anything over his shoulder and hit his target.

in National

10 FOR TODAY: Tuesday, May 5

Fresh
rihannagown

Your daily look at the stories that will be talked about today.