Thursday, January 16, 2014
RUSSELL JOHNSON (1924 - 2014)
Late this afternoon I read the news that veteran character actor Russell Johnson passed away. Best known for playing "the Professor" ('real' name: Roy Hinkley) on the ever brilliant 1960s television series Gilligan's Island, Mr Johnson had been a journeyman actor for years before landing the role which would give him immortality.
Before he was an actor Johnson had a role in WW2 as a Bombardier/gunner on B-25 "Mitchell" bombers in the Pacific theatre. It was on this aircraft that he and his crew were shot down while on a bombing run. He recounted this and other interesting stories in his autobiographical book "Here on Gilligan's Island"; which I read back in 1993 and was very entertained. I remember he spoke very highly of "Bobby" Denver.
The CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) website story on the passing of Russell Johnson...
Russell Johnson, 'the Professor' from Gilligan's Island, dies at 89