“Gilligan’s Island” star, Russell Johnson – who played “The Professor” on the popular 1960s show – died on Thursday at the age of 89, according to a Yahoo! News report on Thursday. The Gilligan's Island actor passed away at home in Washington state due to natural causes while his wife and daughter were at his side.
Though Johnson enjoyed his greatest success from 1964 through 1967 when he was on “Gilligan’s Island,” he had many other roles as a character actor. He appeared in Westerns and science fiction movies prior to his fame as Professor Roy Hinkley - “The Professor” on "Gilligan's Island."
Johnson was the last surviving male cast member of “Gilligan’s Island,” as Bob Denver, Jim Backus, and Alan Hale have passed.
Johnson was a decorated World War II veteran who was a bombardier on a B-24 Liberator which was shot down over the Philippines I 1945. Of his many performances, he performed in “Law and Order,” a 1953 movie which starred Ronald Reagan – who became president of the United States.