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.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Christian County Authorities Look for Man Wanted in High-Speed Chase

Fresh
Donald Ray Van Hoose III

Authorities in Christian County are looking for a man they say led police on a high speed chase before fleeing a car on foot.

in Local

Schock Spending Continues to be Scrutinized

Fresh
schock

A new financial report from former Congressman Aaron Schock's political action committee shows campaign money has been spent since he left Congress.

in Local

Duckworth Lawsuit Enters Senate Race

Fresh
tim_schneider

An ethics lawsuit may factor into next year's U.S. Senate race.

in Local

Blagojevich Wants Full Court Appeal

Updated
blagojevich

Blagojevich is hoping the full court will overturn more counts.

in Local

Shooting Death Victim’s Brother Charged with Murder

7-6-15 Shooting

The Sangamon County State's Attorney has charged the older brother of a Springfield teenager shot and killed last week with murder.