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 Posted:   Jan 16, 2014 - 12:57 PM   
 By:   That Neil Guy   (Member)

The Professor is dead at 89.

http://www.examiner.com/article/gilligan-s-island-professor-russell-johnson-dead-at-age-89

That leaves just Ginger and Mary Ann.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2014 - 1:27 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

They got the Professor...

frown
frown

RIP.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2014 - 3:18 PM   
 By:   mnrvason   (Member)

The Professor is dead at 89.

http://www.examiner.com/article/gilligan-s-island-professor-russell-johnson-dead-at-age-89

That leaves just Ginger and Mary Ann.


Russell Johnson was wonderful in one of my favorite Twilight Zone episodes (and the one whose score I most enjoy playing), BACK THERE. Excellent performance.

He will be missed.

SheriffJoe

 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2014 - 3:29 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

That leaves just Ginger and Mary Ann.

How ironic is that? Rip Professor.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2014 - 4:47 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Russell Johnson had an active film career in the 1950s. He made his feature film debut in the 1952 drama FOR MEN ONLY. Star Paul Henreid also made his producing and directing debut with the film. The picture only did mild business because women felt ignored by the title, forcing the distributors to pull the film and rename it "Time for Men Only."

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2014 - 7:20 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Johnson's first major film role was as a telephone lineman who encounters aliens in 1953's IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE.




Johnson played an accused murderer in 1953's THE STAND AT APACHE RIVER. Future "Wyatt Earp" star Hugh O'Brian was also in the cast.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2014 - 7:46 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

I remember him in ATTACK OF THE CRAB MONSTERS, in a scene when he lifts a sailor companion out of the water and the guy is decapitated

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2014 - 8:06 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Johnson was the main heavy against Audie Murphy in 1953's TUMBLEWEED.

 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2014 - 8:44 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

"What's this 'and the rest' crap?!"

And his coffin will be made entirely out of coconuts...

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2014 - 9:24 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE-53- Was a fine little Scifi film from the always competent Jack Arnold.

 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2014 - 9:42 PM   
 By:   gone   (Member)

Besides being professor of everyone's favorite island...

"After high school, in the midst of World War II, Johnson joined the United States Army Air Forces as an aviation cadet and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. He flew 44 combat missions as a bombardier in B-25 Mitchell twin-engine medium bombers. While flying as a navigator in a B-25 with the 100th Bombardment Squadron, his plane and two other B-25s were shot down in the Philippines in March 1945. The planes were hit by intense flak and had to ditch in the waters off the port of Zamboanga. During the ditching, he broke both his ankles and the radioman next to him was killed. Johnson earned a Purple Heart for this mission. He was also awarded the Air Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with three service stars, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one service star, and the World War II Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged with the rank of first lieutenant on November 22, 1945. He then joined the Army Reserve and used the GI Bill to fund his acting studies at the Actors Lab in Hollywood.[1] At acting school, he met actress Kay Levey; they married on July 23, 1949."

... he was a brave WWII airman as well. Thanks Mr Johnson!

 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2014 - 9:42 PM   
 By:   gone   (Member)

double post

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 17, 2014 - 12:26 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

Not a good day for sitcom fans on either side of the Atlantic, with him and Dave Madden (The Partridge Family) shuffling off in the US and Roger Lloyd-Pack gone over here.

 
 Posted:   Jan 17, 2014 - 5:34 AM   
 By:   jackfu   (Member)

Rarely does the passing of a celebrity make me want to weep. This is definitely one. Having grown up watching GI on its first run, then for years in syndication, he almost seemed like family. He wrote a great book, “Here On Gilligan’s Isle” with some very touching and humorous anecdotes. He had a great acting career and was very good at playing bad guys. He particularly enjoyed the dream sequence episodes on GI and got to display his talents in a vast array of characters. My all-time favorite line from GI was from the dream sequence in “V For Vitamins” when he portrays the old beggar in the dungeon and claims he’s really a prince and needs a kiss from Mary Ann to change him back. After she kisses him nothing happens and she says “Aww, you’re not a prince.”. He says “No, I’m not am I?”. Then, “Well don’t believe everything ya hear, girlie!”.
It’s sad that they all did such good jobs of acting on GI that people could never see them as any other characters.
And I would wager that Russell Johnson as The Professor inspired thousands of young folks to study science. What an honor that is!
Thank you, Russell Johnson, for touching our lives thru your work!

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 17, 2014 - 12:24 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

And I would wager that Russell Johnson as The Professor inspired thousands of young folks to study science. What an honor that is!


No doubt. And Russell Johnson played a scientist long before "Gilligan's Island." He was a physicist in 1955's THIS ISLAND EARTH.




And he was an electronics specialist in ATTACK OF THE CRAB MONSTERS.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 17, 2014 - 12:40 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Johnson played a ranch foreman in 1957's COURAGE OF BLACK BEAUTY.




Johnson was a thug in Roger Corman's ROCK ALL NIGHT (1957).

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 17, 2014 - 12:55 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Back with Universal again, Johnson played a one-armed drunk in the 1958 western THE SAGA OF HEMP BROWN.

 
 Posted:   Jan 17, 2014 - 1:05 PM   
 By:   That Neil Guy   (Member)

Rarely does the passing of a celebrity make me want to weep. This is definitely one. Having grown up watching GI on its first run, then for years in syndication, he almost seemed like family. He wrote a great book, “Here On Gilligan’s Isle” with some very touching and humorous anecdotes. He had a great acting career and was very good at playing bad guys. He particularly enjoyed the dream sequence episodes on GI and got to display his talents in a vast array of characters. My all-time favorite line from GI was from the dream sequence in “V For Vitamins” when he portrays the old beggar in the dungeon and claims he’s really a prince and needs a kiss from Mary Ann to change him back. After she kisses him nothing happens and she says “Aww, you’re not a prince.”. He says “No, I’m not am I?”. Then, “Well don’t believe everything ya hear, girlie!”.
It’s sad that they all did such good jobs of acting on GI that people could never see them as any other characters.
And I would wager that Russell Johnson as The Professor inspired thousands of young folks to study science. What an honor that is!
Thank you, Russell Johnson, for touching our lives thru your work!


I second that.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 17, 2014 - 1:05 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Johnson played a police captain in 1977's HITCH HIKE TO HELL.



And he once again played a professor in 1980's THE GREAT SKYCOPTER RESCUE.

 
 Posted:   Jan 17, 2014 - 1:06 PM   
 By:   That Neil Guy   (Member)



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