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Russell Johnson, the Professor of Gilligan's Island

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Russell Johnson, the Professor of Gilligan's Island

Russell Johnson was already a successful television and film actor when he got the role made him a pop culture icon. For three seasons Johnson charmed audiences and castaways alike as "The Professor" on "Gilligan's Island."

Johnson's death Jan. 16, 2014, at the age of 89 inspired waves of nostalgia and great memories of the wacky antics of the Professor and his compatriots. The news broke at a time when "Gilligan's Island" was poised to return to American screens through a film adaptation starring Josh Gad.

Sadly, Johnson will not see the rediscovery of his work by a new generation of fans (sadly fans may never see a Gilligan's remake... years later, we're still waiting). But his memory will live on in the laughter and memories reruns of the classic show bring.

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