The Professor Goes to That Island in the Sky

ProfessIts always sad when pop culture loses another icon. This afternoon Russell Johnson aka “The Professor” joined his fellow cast mates from the classic show “Gilligan’s Island” . The only two surviving cast members are Dawn Wells and Tina Louise. I got the chance to meet and interview Ms. Wells when she was in town. She told me she maintained a wonderful relationship with him.

Russell David Johnson was born on November 10, 1924 in Ashley, Pennsylvania. Ironically, he was not perceived as  a bright student but with hard work and determination he became a member of the National Honor Society. Russell was also a member of the Air Force and earned a Purple Heart during World War II. With his GI bill he went to acting school.

Russell began to make a name for himself  in Hollywood as a character actor he appeared in many series including Death Valley Days and Black Saddle but his most know role was on Gilligan’s Island. He has   also guest starred on many tv series including Dallas, Knot’s Landing, Boson m Buddies, Alf, Dynasty, My Two Dads and Rosanne.

Russell is survived by his wife Constance and 2 children a daughter Kim and a step son Courtney. His third son David preceded  him in death.

Russell_Johnson_Black_Saddle_1960Russell Johnson in “Black Saddle”

The-Professor--Gilligan-s-Island-jpgThe Professor “Gilligan’s Island”

Professcer Russell David Johnson 1924-2014

RIP Professor just sit right back and enjoy your tour of Heaven

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About chitownstarconnections

Melanie Christy is am actress/singer who came to Chicago to pursue her dreams of acting. Coming from a small town in Ohio she has been enjoying the things that city life has to offer like great cuisine from all parts of the globe, parties with great people including celebrities, gorgeous fashions and of course fun! Follow her, read her blog and learn about all the amazing adventures you can be a part of throughout Chicagoland! Jennifer Hedrick is the photographer and techie for our blogs. She was born and raised here in Chicago. Her love of photography started when she was a child. She has photographed many celebs, events, fashion shows and more. She also considers herself a bit of a foodie and loves food porn. Her other loves include her nieces and nephews, animals and the shows Castle, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Grey's Anatomy and Scandal.
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