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

Davis: Super Bowl Sunday = Human Trafficking

davis

Unforgettable story from a survivor

in Local

Redfield: Local Right-to-Work Zone Sounds New

labor day parade

Could be diversion from Rauner's real remedy, professor suggests

in Local

Rauner to UI: Cut Bloat, Then I’ll Help

university illinois

State of the State preview hits Champaign

in Local

Manar, Scherer Introduce High Speed Rail Legislation

High-speed rail confrence (2)

A couple of local lawmakers are trying to put some teeth into a high speed rail agreement that will benefit Springfield minority communities.

in Local

Springfield Metro Unemployment Level Lowest Since 2007

unemployment

The Springfield metro area has recorded another drop in unemployment.