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Russell Johnson as the professor on ‘Gilligan’s Island’ passes away at 89

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It is a sad day hearing the news of another great celebrity passing away. Russell Johnson who we all remember well as the professor on the hit comedy sitcom series “Gilligan’s Island” has brought us lots of laughs and good times over the years.

News has hit cyber-space about his passing. According to the NY Times, CNN, ABC News and on Jan. 16 this iconic actor was eighty-nine years old and died in his home on Bainbridge Island located in the state of Washington.

Russell Johnson appeared in many television shows and films over the course of his acting career. You may remember him in roles he played in “77 Sunset Strip”, “The Lone Ranger”, “The Twilight Zone”, “Rawhide” and “Gunsmoke” to name a few.

Before his acting career Russell Johnson served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. He joined the reserves and used his G.I. Bill benefits to pay for acting school after being shot down during a bombing raid while he was aboard a B-24 Liberator. He flew forty-four combat missions and earned seven decorations including a Purple Heart for injuries when he was shot down over the Philippines.

Johnson is survived by his wife, Connie and his daughter, Kimberly. He has brought culture to America during his career and will be missed.

Our hearts and condolences go out to his family!

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