RIP Professor – ‘Gilligan’s Island’s’ Russell Johnson passes away at 89
Russell Johnson, the actor who played The Professor on Gilligan’s Island, passed away this morning. He was 89 years old.
Johnson started out in western and sci-fi films such as It Came from Outer Space, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and The Twilight Zone until his big break came when he played The Professor. He will be missed.
Dawn Wells, who played MaryAnn on the show, tweeted today:
My 2 favorite people are now gone. The Professor past away this morning. My heart is broken. http://t.co/32afNb9wrW
— Dawn Wells (@therealmaryann) January 16, 2014
Gilligan star Bob Denver died in 2005. Alan Hale Jr. died in 1990. And Jim Backus died in 1989. Dawn Wells (MaryAnn) and Tina Louise (Ginger) are the show’s last two surviving cast members.