Russell Johnson, Professor on Gilligan’s Island, Dies at 89

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By Daniel Gates


Russell Johnson, the Professor on “Gilligan’s Island,” has died. He was 89. Hear the iconic theme tune below.

The actor’s death on Thursday was confirmed by his agent. Johnson died at his home in Washington State of natural causes. Of the seven “castaways” on “Gilligan’s Island,” only Tina Louise and Dawn Wells are still alive.

“My 2 favorite people are now gone. The Professor past away this morning. My heart is broken,” Wells wrote on Facebook, referring to Johnson and star Bob Denver, who died in 2005. She added, “Russell was a true gentleman, a good father, a great friend, and ‘the rest.’ I love him and shall miss him. My heart goes out to [his wife] Connie and his daughter Kim. I love you.”

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