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Sherwood Schwartz
Russell Johnson dies at 89; played the Professor on 'Gilligan's Island'

Russell Johnson's fateful trip started with a three-hour tour in 1964 and lasted the rest of his life. A handsome war veteran who grew up in a Philadelphia orphanage, Johnson spent 14 years playing bad guys in TV and movie westerns. Then he reluctantly agreed to audition for a new comedy series called "Gilligan's Island," a program that would move critics like UPI's Rick DuBrow to declare: "It is impossible that a more inept, moronic or humorless show has ever appeared on the home tube." The public loved it. Johnson was Professor Roy Hinkley, a stuffy hunk of a scientist who was one of seven castaways on an uncharted Pacific isle. The show lasted...