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Gilligan's Island

Russell Johnson

Professor Roy Hinkley

After an honorable discharge from the U.S. Air Force, World War II bombardier-navigator Russell Johnson took his Purple Heart (and several other awards) and moved to Hollywood, California to join the Actors Lab. It wasn't long before he began a career as a thespian.

The handsome war hero had no trouble finding work as an actor. He appeared on TV shows such as Superman, Gunsmoke, Circus Boy, and The Twilight Zone and in feature films including This Island Earth and It Came From Outer Space, and eventually became a staple in science-fiction films of the day.

An actor with a healthy career, Russell Johnson took the same approach to the role of the Professor as he did every role he'd been offered to date: as a job. Little did he know that three-hour tour would forever change the course of his career. Although Johnson has continued to work in film (Three Days of the Condor) and TV (Santa Barbara, Newhart), like many of his former castmates, he never fully made it off the island. Johnson happily returned to co-star in several Gilligan's Island reunions and revivals, and appeared at autograph shows and lectures on the college circuit. And why not? He was the Professor, after all! Johnson passed away in January 2014 at the age of 89.

Character Bio

Long before MacGyver started making explosives out of chewing gum, Professor Roy Hinkley was creating fabulous inventions out of the coconuts and straw. Perhaps this is because he holds six college degrees, all earned by the age of 25. Of course, all that studying has made the Professor a level-headed man — and also a somewhat dull one. Marooned on a deserted island with a beautiful movie star and lovely farm girl, the Professor never so much as raises an eyebrow to either. He'd rather sing the praises of salicylic acid or study the water levels in the lagoon.

Well versed in the languages of the local savages, the Professor is a useful man to get stranded with. He can also make glue out of tree sap, create an antidote for pretty much any jungle poison and regenerate transistor-radio batteries after they've been swallowed by a fish.

Gilligan's Island TV Schedule

Thursday
August 27
5:48pm
Ship Ahoax
The castaways begin to suffer from "Island Madness."
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6:24pm
Feed The Kitty
A caged lion washes ashore on the island, only to escape!
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7:00pm
Operation: Steam Heat
Hot water spurting from beneath the island warns the castaways that a volcano is about to erupt.
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7:36pm
Will The Real Mr. Howell Please Stand Up
The radio reports that Mr. Howell has been rescued and is selling blocks of stock from his financial empire.
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Friday
August 28
10:48am
Forward March
The castaways are attacked!
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11:24am
Ship Ahoax
The castaways begin to suffer from "Island Madness."
TV-G
12:00pm
Feed The Kitty
A caged lion washes ashore on the island, only to escape!
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5:48pm
Ghost A Go Go
The island has a ghost.
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6:24pm
Allergy Time
Skipper becomes allergic to Gilligan.
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7:00pm
The Friendly Physician
A small one-man boat lands on Gilligan's Island to rescue the castaways. Guest Stars: Vito Scotti, Mike Mazurki
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7:30pm
'V' For Vitamins
The Skipper can no longer do anything physically strenuous.
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Monday
August 31
10:48am
Operation: Steam Heat
Hot water spurting from beneath the island warns the castaways that a volcano is about to erupt.
TV-G
11:24am
Will The Real Mr. Howell Please Stand Up
The radio reports that Mr. Howell has been rescued and is selling blocks of stock from his financial empire.
TV-G
12:00pm
Ghost A Go Go
The island has a ghost.
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5:48pm
Mr. & Mrs. ???
A radio report indicates that the "minister" who married Mr. and Mrs. Howell is a fraud.
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6:24pm
Meet The Meteor
A large meteorite lands on Gilligan's Island and threatens the lives of every living thing.
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7:00pm
Up At Bat
Gilligan follows a rolling coconut into an unexplored cave and emerges with a bat bite on his neck.
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7:36pm
Gilligan Vs. Gilligan
Gilligan is suspected as the culprit behind the disappearance of Mary Ann's freshly baked pie.
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