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Russell Johnson The Professor

Russell Johnson The ProfessorRussell Johnson, who played “The Professor” on the 1960s slapstick hit comedy “Gilligan’s Island,” died Thursday morning at the age of 89.

Johnson was a character actor who didn’t get much recognition until he was cast as Roy Hinkly (The Professor) who was marooned with six others on an uncharted Pacific Island. The Professor could build almost anything with objects left from their boat, the S.S. Minnow, and from objects found on the island.

Although much criticized, the show became iconic and has kept its fan base and gained a new generation of fans through reruns.

Johnson said in an interview, “Parents are happy to have their children watch it … no one gets hurt. No murders. No car crashes. Just good, plain, silly fun – that’s the charm.” He was right about that.

I will always remember that silly, goofy, half hour of zaniness with a smile. Thanks for the memories – as silly as they are.

Did any of you watch “Gilligan’s Island”? Do you have fond memories? Tell us your favorite episode.

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Kim is married, has two teenagers and lives in Seattle. She is a freelance writer for Reel Life With Jane, and has written two screenplays and is starting a third. Her ultimate goal is to see one make it to the big screen, and be part of that process. She grew up watching TV and movies with her grandmother, and her favorites are “Meet Me in St. Louis” and “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” Her favorite TV show is “Bones,” and she loves reading, writing, spending time with family and friends, travel, helping with fundraisers, and enjoying good food and wine. Follow Kim on Twitter at @kimberlystrand1.

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