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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

Friday
May 29
6:22pm
Gilligan's Mother-In-Law
A native family from another island seeks a husband for their none-too-attractive daughter. Guest Stars: Russ Grieve, Mary Foran, Henny Backus
TV-G
7:00pm
Beauty Is As Beauty Does
The castaways argue over which of the island's three women is the most beautiful.
TV-G
7:30pm
The Little Dictator
The quiet island gets another visitor: the exiled President Rodriguez. Guest Star: Nehemiah Persof
TV-G
Monday
June 1
10:48am
3 Million Dollars More Or Less
Mr. Howell bets Gilligan and, consequently, soon owes Gilligan $3 million.
TV-G
11:24am
Water, Water Everywhere
The castaways suddenly discover that there isn't a spare drop of water to drink!
TV-G
12:00pm
So Sorry, My Island Now
Gilligan thinks he sees a sea serpent approaching the island. Guest Star: Vito Scotti
TV-G
6:22pm
Smile, You're On Mars Camera
A rocket lands on the lsland and is believed by scientists to have landed on Mars.
TV-G
7:00pm
The Sweepstakes
Gilligan finds a winning South American lottery ticket worth $1 million, tax-free.
TV-G
7:36pm
Quick Before It Sinks
The Professor measures the ocean's high water mark, and concludes that the island is rapidly sinking.
TV-G
Tuesday
June 2
10:48am
Plant You Now, Dig You Later
Gilligan unearths a chest that the castaways think contains a pirate's treasure.
TV-G
11:24am
Little Island, Big Gun
Three fugitive mobsters land on Gilligans Island following a bank heist. Guest Stars: Larry Storch, K.L. Smith, Jack Sheldon, Louis Quinn
TV-G
12:00pm
X Marks The Spot
The U.S. Air Force zeroes in on the very same area inhabited by our seven intrepid castaways. Guest Stars: Russell Thorson and Harry Lauter
TV-G
6:00pm
Castaway Pictures Presents
Gilligan discovers the hull of an old ship near the island.
TV-G
6:30pm
Agonized Labor
Gilligan and the Skipper hear a radio broadcast detailing the collapse of the Howell financial empire.
TV-G
7:00pm
Nyet, Nyet -- Not Yet
Two Russian cosmonauts, Ivan and Igor, land on Gilligan's Island.
TV-G
7:30pm
Hi-Fi Gilligan
The Skipper accidentally hits Gilligan in the face with a crate.
TV-G