The last surviving male cast member from Gilligan’s Island has exited the planet.
Russell David Johnson left us today at the age of 89. Known and loved as Professor Roy Hinkley from Gilligan’s Island (and its animated spin-offs Gilligan’s Planet and The New Adventures of Gilligan, Johnson had a profound career in front of the camera.
Before becoming a shipwrecked castaway, Johnson performed in Westerns and Sci-Fi films — primarily as the bad guy. He also appeared in an evangelical Christian film, God Is in the Streets.
I was pleased to find that I had a lot in common with this man who entertained me during my childhood. He was a fellow Pennsylvania native, born near Dunder-Mifflin country. He was a fellow “Wing Nut,” serving in the early incarnation of the United States Air Force. And… he was a leftie.
Here is a interview done with Russell in 2004 for Emmy TV Legends: