The Ultimate survivalist dies

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by stg58, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. stg58

    stg58 Monkey+++ Founding Member

    This guy could make a radio out of a coconut, but could not patch a boat...

    (CNN) -- Actor Russell Johnson, best known as Professor in the 1960s TV sitcom "Gilligan's Island," died Thursday, his agent said. Johnson was 89.

    Johnson played the iconic role of Professor Roy Hinkley, whose scientific schemes to get the castaways rescued were always foiled by Gilligan's bumbling.

    He died at his home in Washington, where he lived with his wife, Connie. She and their daughter, Kimberly, were at his side, said agent Mike Eisenstadt. Johnson is also survived by a stepson, Court, and a grandson, he said.

    Hats off to another member of the greatest generation...

    Before becoming an actor, Johnson served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. He was on a B-24 Liberator when it was shot down during a bombing raid over the Philippines in 1945, according to his official biography, and used his G.I. Bill benefits to pay for acting school after the war.
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  2. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    R.I.P. professor.
  3. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    I watch every episode (I think) but I:Dnever knew any name for him but "Professor".
    And of course, no one ever understood, why he couldn't just fix the boat.:rolleyes:
  4. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart,Deadman Walking, Snow Monkey Moderator

    All Thumbs Carpenter......
  5. ClovisMan

    ClovisMan Monkey

    Would you really want to get off that island if you were stranded with Ginger and Mary Anne?

    RIP Professor!
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  6. stg58

    stg58 Monkey+++ Founding Member

    The eternal question: Ginger or Mary Anne?......... Mary Anne.
  7. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    Mary Anne [touchdown]
  8. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    And now, the rrest of the story....
    They were eventually rescued, the professor invented all sorts of things, only to find they were already invented. No one really fit in anymore, their only real friends were themselves. They set sail again, crashed again on the same island, and were happy to be home.

    Moral? Home is where your heart is.
  9. Moatengator

    Moatengator Monkey

    RIP professor, and RIP Dave Madden. He also passed today. He played the manager Ruben Kincaid on the Partridge Family.
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