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