Russell Johnson, who was best known as the Professor on "Gilligan's Island," died Thursday in Washington state of kidney failure, according to his longtime agent Michael Eisenstadt. He was 89.
From the 1950s through the 1980s, he guest-starred on numerous TV shows including "Twilight Zone," "Lassie," "Lou Grant," "Dynasty" and "Alf." But Professor Roy Hinkley on "Gilligan's Island" was his most indelible role on the show that ran from 1964 to 1967.
After serving in the Army Air Corps in World War II, he enrolled in acting school. Throughout the 1950s, Johnson appeared in sci-fi films including "This Island Earth" and "It Came from Outer Space." He was also a frequent Western actor in films such as "Tumbleweed," "The Stand at Apache River" and "Ride Clear of Diablo."
Johnson is survived by his wife and a daughter.
Russell Johnson, Professor on 'Gilligan's Island' Dies at 89
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