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DiedJanuary 16, 2014, Bainbridge Island, Washington, United States
SpouseConstance Dane, Kay Levey, Edith Cahoon
FactDied at his home on Bainbridge Island, Washington State.

Russell Johnson was born on November 10, 1924, in Ashley, Pennsylvania. His parents were Russell and Minnie Johnson. He had two brothers and one sister. He attended Ashley High School, where he played football and basketball. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. After the war, he attended the University of Pennsylvania on the G.I. Bill. He played football for the Penn Quakers and graduated with a degree in economics in 1950.

Johnson began his acting career in the early 1950s. He appeared in several Broadway productions and made his film debut in 1953’s “The Caine Mutiny”. He had supporting roles in several films throughout the 1950s, including “The Enemy Below” (1957) and “The Defiant Ones” (1958). In 1959, he landed the role of Professor Roy Hinkley on the CBS television series “Gilligan’s Island”. The show ran for three seasons and made Johnson a household name.

After “Gilligan’s Island” ended, Johnson continued to act in film and television. He appeared in such films as “The Ghost Breakers” (1970) and “The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan’s Island” (1981). He also guest-starred on several television shows, including “The Love Boat” (1977) and “Murder, She Wrote” (1984). In his later years, he appeared in commercials for GEICO insurance.

Johnson was married twice. His first marriage, to Louise Faulkner, ended in divorce. His second marriage, to Constance Dane, lasted from 1970 until her death in 1994. He had three children: David, Julie, and Courtney.

Johnson died on January 16, 2014, at the age of 89. At the time of his death, he had a net worth of $8 million.

General Info

Full NameRussell Johnson
DiedJanuary 16, 2014, Bainbridge Island, Washington, United States
ProfessionNavigator, Voice Actor
EducationGirard College


SpouseConstance Dane, Kay Levey, Edith Cahoon
ChildrenDavid Johnson, Kim Johnson
ParentsRussell J. Johnson, Minnie K. Johnson
SiblingsMarian L. Johnson, Ken Johnson


AwardsTV Land Pop Culture Award
NominationsTV Land Greatest Gadgets Award
MoviesIt Came from Outer Space, This Island Earth, Attack of the Crab Monsters, The Space Children, Badman's Country, Ride Clear of Diablo, Rescue from Gilligan's Island, Rock All Night, Column South, The Saga of Hemp Brown, The Castaways on Gilligan's Island, Surviving Gilligan's Island, Loan Shark, Tumb...
TV ShowsGilligan's Planet, The New Adventures of Gilligan, Gilligan's Island, Black Saddle, NBC Matinee Theater

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1Gunsmoke (1955), Wagon Train (1957), The Dakotas (1962) -- you name a Western, I did it. I was always the bad guy in Westerns. I played more bad guys than you can shake a stick at until I played the Professor. Then I couldn't get a job being a bad guy.
2[about his role on Gilligan's Island (1964)] It used to make me upset to be typecast that way. But as the years have gone on, I have given in. I am the Professor, and that's the way it is. The show has brought a lot of joy to people, and that's not a bad legacy.
3Old actors never die, they don't even fade away. They're always available.


1Older brother (by one year) of character actor Ken Johnson.
2When Sherwood Schwartz was looking for the more mature actor to play "The Professor," on Gilligan's Island (1964), Russell turned down the part, who was also asked to be screen tested for the pilot, who himself, turned Schwartz down, a second time, when the producer couldn't take "no" for an answer, therefore, Russell finally agreed to play the role.
3Kiana Lodge in Poulsbo, Washington officiated Johnson's memorial service a month after his passing.
4Parents are Russell J. and Minnie K. Johnson; had an older sister: Marian L. Johnson.
5Had appeared in the television movie The Man from Independence (1974) about the life of Harry Truman, followed by the story of the conflict between Harry Truman and General Douglas MacArthur in Collision Course: Truman vs. MacArthur (1976), followed by the movie biography MacArthur (1977) about the life of Douglas MacArthur.
6Had twice starred on The Twilight Zone (1959), both times in time travel stories.
7Died at his home on Bainbridge Island, Washington State.
8Lived in semi-retirement on Bainbridge Island, Washington State.
9Best known for his role as Professor Roy Hinkley on Gilligan's Island (1964).
10Had played the same character (Professor Roy Hinkley) on five different series: Gilligan's Island (1964), The New Adventures of Gilligan (1974), Gilligan's Planet (1982), ALF (1986) and Meego (1997).
11With the death of Bob Denver on September 2, 2005, he was the last surviving male cast member of Gilligan's Island (1964).
12Immortalized by the obscure Canadian band Show Business Giants in their song, "I Can't Get Russell Johnson Off My Mind", from their 1995 album "Let's Have a Talk With the Dead".
13Writes with his left hand.
14Known for narrating the long-running anime series Robotech (1985).
15Johnson and actress Dawn Wells are best known for their roles on the comedy series Gilligan's Island (1964), but they are also known for their ambiguous infamous reference "and the rest" in the series' original theme song. The phrase was later rephrased by "The Professor and Mary Ann" after protests from the actors.
16Auditioned for the title role on the television series Ben Casey (1961), but lost out to actor Vince Edwards.
17Served for over twelve years as an officer of the Air Force, first as an active duty World War II bombardier (1944-45) and then as an inactive member of the Officer Reserve Corps. Upon the creation of the U.S. Air Force, in the late 1940s, was augmented to the U.S. Air Force Reserve and briefly was a member of the 4th Air Reserve District in San Francisco. In 1953, became an inactive officer once again and received final discharge from the Air Force Reserve in August 1957.
18Enlisted in the United States Army in November 1942. Was assigned the service number 13 154 406 and served for two years, before being discharged in January 1944 to accept a commission as an officer.
19During World War II, he enlisted to become an aviation cadet and rose to the officer's rank of First Lieutenant, under the service number 765 497. Flew as bombardier in B-25 aircraft on a total of 44 combat missions over the Netherlands East Indies, and the Philippines. World War II decorations include the Bronze Star, Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with three service stars, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one service star, and the World War II Victory Medal with Honorable Service Lapel Button. Earned his Purple Heart (for injuries during battle) when the B-24 Liberator bomber he was a crewman on was shot down during a bombing run against Japanese targets in the Philippine Islands in March 1945.
20Johnson revealed on Surviving Gilligan's Island: The Incredibly True Story of the Longest Three Hour Tour in History (2001) that producers wanted him to take off his shirt during the screen test to determine his sex appeal, but he refused. The producers settled for a photo instead. [2001]
21Three children: two, David and Kim Johnson with his second wife, Kay Cousins Johnson; and one stepson, Courtney Dane, with his third wife, Constance Dane.
22Son David died of AIDS at age 39 on October 27, 1994. Before and especially since David's death, Johnson devotes a great deal his time to AIDS fund-raising.
23Was originally best known for playing character villains, but that changed dramatically after he played the Professor on Gilligan's Island (1964), which was the diametrically opposite type of character.
24Was enrolled in a Hollywood drama school when he was spotted by Paul Henreid, who cast him in For Men Only (1952).
25Was a member of the National Honor Society while in high school.




The Felony Squad1968TV SeriesTye Laughlin
The Big Valley1968TV SeriesDavey Dunigan
The Invaders1967TV SeriesJames Bernard
Gilligan's Island1964-1967TV SeriesProfessor Roy Hinkley Professor Roy Hinckley
Days of Our Lives1965TV SeriesHarold Rankin (1980)
The Greatest Story Ever Told1965Scribe
Invitation to a Gunfighter1964John Medford (uncredited)
A Distant Trumpet1964Capt. Brinker - Judge Advocate's office
The Outer Limits1964TV SeriesMaj. Benedict
The Greatest Show on Earth1964TV SeriesDr. Arnold Andrews
Temple Houston1964TV Series
The Great Adventure1964TV SeriesNarrator
77 Sunset Strip1963TV SeriesHarry Devlin
The Farmer's Daughter1963TV Series
Breaking Point1963TV SeriesEddy Mulhall
Rawhide1963TV SeriesBurt Harvey
Laramie1961-1963TV SeriesBob Talmadge / Al Denning / Bob Murkland / ...
Empire1963TV SeriesBill Carey
The Eleventh Hour1963TV SeriesRalph Anderson
Hawaiian Eye1961-1963TV SeriesWarren Boyd / Bert Jackson
The Dakotas1963TV SeriesLt. Clyde Mariot
It's a Man's World1962TV SeriesRev. Blake
G.E. True1962TV SeriesJohn T. Metcalf
Wagon Train1957-1962TV SeriesMajor Dan Marriott / Steve Marshall / Craig Manson
Ben Casey1962TV SeriesDr. Stanley Burke
Wide Country1962TV SeriesArn McHugh
The Law and Mr. Jones1962TV SeriesMr. Lankershim
The Real McCoys1962TV SeriesDr. Ross
Tales of Wells Fargo1957-1962TV SeriesNormalie Hall / William Dodd
Route 661962TV SeriesBob Keel
Adventures in Paradise1961TV SeriesBowman
The Jane Powell Show1961TV MovieJeffrey Edwards
The Detectives1961TV SeriesLee Taber
Alcoa Premiere1961TV SeriesMajor
Ripcord1961TV SeriesStan Warner
The Deputy1961TV SeriesAlbee Beckett
Michael Shayne1961TV SeriesArt Thompson
The Twilight Zone1960-1961TV SeriesPete Corrigan / Prof. Manion
Thriller1961TV SeriesAdam Talmadge
The DuPont Show with June Allyson1960TV SeriesTom Richards / Hugh Grafton
Black Saddle1959-1960TV SeriesMarshal Gib Scott
Riverboat1959TV SeriesDarius
Border Patrol1959TV SeriesRandall
Lawman1959TV SeriesWade Horgan
Rescue 81958TV SeriesReverend Friend
Flight1958TV Series
The Californians1958TV SeriesTom Quinn
Steve Canyon1958TV SeriesMajor Pitch Hammer
Badman's Country1958Sundance
The Saga of Hemp Brown1958Hook
The Space Children1958Joe Gamble (as Russell D. Johnson)
Jefferson Drum1958TV SeriesThe Sundown Kid
The Silent Service1957-1958TV SeriesBeach / Kent
Casey Jones1957TV SeriesJeff Tyler
The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin1956-1957TV SeriesSgt. Stan Powers / Greene
Courage of Black Beauty1957Ben Farraday
Lux Video Theatre1955-1957TV SeriesDr. Willis / Lennigan / Carter
Code 31957TV Series
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1957TV SeriesTurk
Rock All Night1957Jigger
Cavalcade of America1955-1957TV SeriesDan Marshall / Karl Nader
Attack of the Crab Monsters1957Hank Chapman
Circus Boy1956TV SeriesDr. Ben Osgood
You Are There1956TV SeriesFletcher Christian
Crossroads1955-1956TV SeriesJack Fromer
Celebrity Playhouse1956TV Series
Medic1956TV SeriesAl Monroe
Climax!1956TV SeriesRusty
God Is in the Streets1956Short
Kings Row1955TV SeriesMark
Warner Brothers Presents1955TV Series
The Lone Ranger1955TV SeriesTom Levering
This Island Earth1955Dr. Steve Carlson
The Touch of Steel1955TV MovieLefty
Strange Lady in Town1955Shadduck
Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki1955Eddie Nelson
Many Rivers to Cross1955Banks
Black Tuesday1954Howard Sloane
City Detective1954TV SeriesStocker
Rogue Cop1954Patrolman Carland (uncredited)
Johnny Dark1954Emory
Demetrius and the Gladiators1954Gladiator (uncredited)
Taza, Son of Cochise1954Narrator (voice, uncredited)
Ride Clear of Diablo1954Jed Ringer
Tumbleweed1953Lam Blanden
The Stand at Apache River1953Greiner
It Came from Outer Space1953George
Column South1953Cpl. Biddle
Law and Order1953Jimmy Johnson
Seminole1953Lt. Hamilton
Adventures of Superman1953TV SeriesChopper
The Turning Point1952Herman (uncredited)
Back at the Front1952Johnny Redondo, Smuggler
Loan Shark1952Charlie Thompson
Rancho Notorious1952Chuck-a-Luck Wheel Spinner (uncredited)
For Men Only1952Ky Walker
Fireside Theatre1950TV SeriesSailor
Meego1997TV SeriesThe Professor
Hellbender1996Video GameGeneral Cho (voice)
Roseanne1995TV SeriesMark
With a Vengeance1992TV MovieDr. Jesse Butler
Animania1991TV SeriesNarrator (segment: "Stevie Washington")
My Two Dads1989TV SeriesFrank Mooney
Blue Movies1988Mr. Martin
Monsters1988TV SeriesJeffrey
Mathnet1988TV SeriesFrank Puck
Robotech II: The Sentinels1988VideoNarrator (voice, uncredited)
Knots Landing1987TV SeriesTim Murphy
ALF1987TV SeriesProfessor Roy Hinkley
Dynasty1986-1987TV SeriesEarl Thompson
Newhart1987TV SeriesBeaver Lodge Member
Fame1987TV SeriesDuke Mackie
Stevie and Zoya1987TV SeriesNarrator (1987-1989) (voice)
Dôwa meita senshi Windaria1986Alan (1987) (English version, voice, uncredited)
MacGyver1986TV SeriesOslow
Dallas1986TV SeriesSheriff Wyatt Mansfield
Santa Barbara1984TV SeriesRoger Wainwright #3 (1991)
Off the Wall1983Mr. Whitby
Buffalo Bill1983TV SeriesDr. Murphy
Gilligan's Planet1982TV SeriesProfessor Roy Hinkley, Jr.
The Jeffersons1982TV SeriesMac Steele
Kill Squad1982Voice (uncredited)
The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island1981TV MovieProf. Roy Hinkley Jr.
Bosom Buddies1981TV SeriesMr. Shaw
The Righteous Apples1980TV SeriesSgt. McGuinty
Beyond Westworld1980TV SeriesPatrick
The Great Skycopter Rescue1980Professor Benson
The Castaways on Gilligan's Island1979TV MovieProf. Roy Hinkley Jr.
Lou Grant1978TV SeriesKarlan
Wonder Woman1978TV SeriesColonel
Rescue from Gilligan's Island1978TV MovieProfessor Roy Hinkley, Jr.
The Bastard1978TV MovieCol. James Barrett
Police Story1978TV SeriesCaptain Carl Fargo
The Ghost of Flight 4011978TV MovieLoft
ABC Afterschool Specials1977TV SeriesMr. Calder
MacArthur1977Admiral King (as Russell D. Johnson)
Nowhere to Hide1977TV MovieCharles Montague
Code R1977TV SeriesIke
McMillan & Wife1977TV SeriesCarl Jensen
Hitch Hike to Hell1977Captain J.W. Shaw
Rich Man, Poor Man - Book II1976TV Series
Collision Course: Truman vs. MacArthur1976TV MovieGen. George Stratemeyer
The New Adventures of Gilligan1974-1975TV SeriesProfessor Roy Hinkley
Mobile One1975TV Series
Three Days of the Condor1975Intelligence Officer at Briefing (uncredited)
Cannon1974-1975TV SeriesPaul Merrick / DA John Romano
You Lie So Deep, My Love1975TV MovieThe Foreman
Adventures of the Queen1975TV MovieForbes
Mannix1974TV SeriesBrasher
Aloha Means Goodbye1974TV MovieDr. Frank Franklin
The Man from Independence1974Linaver
Hawkins1974TV SeriesDistrict Attorney
Beg, Borrow, or Steal1973TV MovieAlex Langley
Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law1971-1973TV SeriesAsst. D.A. Grant / Brenton Grant / Asst. D.A. Brenton Grant / ...
The Horror at 37,000 Feet1973TV MovieJim Hawley
Gunsmoke1957-1972TV SeriesLink Parrin / Diggs / Harry Webb / ...
Ironside1972TV SeriesMartin Lucas
O'Hara, U.S. Treasury1971TV SeriesAgent Oliver Wells
Marcus Welby, M.D.1971TV SeriesDr. Leonard Colman
Vanished1971TV MovieClyde Morehouse
The Young Lawyers1971TV SeriesBonelli
San Francisco International Airport1970TV SeriesTober
The F.B.I.1968-1970TV SeriesDr. McGregor / Jim Kellogg / Phillip Graham
That Girl1970TV SeriesJon
The Movie Murderer1970TV MovieCliff Thomas
Lassie1958-1969TV SeriesJohn Bradley / Ranger Allen / Ranger Mark Adams / ...
Cry for Poor Wally1969Gaines
Death Valley Days1961-1968TV SeriesMatthew Reynolds / Sgt. Tate / Noble


Kill Squad1982dubbed voice: Jeff Risk


Mom2014TV Series in memory of - 1 episode


Access Hollywood2005TV SeriesHimself
Gilligan's Island: Season 3 Introduction2005Video shortHimself
Gilligan's Island: Season 2 Introduction2005Video documentary shortHimself
Pyramid2004TV SeriesHimself
All Access Pass: The TV Land Awards2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 2nd Annual TV Land Awards2004TV SpecialHimself
ET in TV Land2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Surviving Gilligan's Island: The Incredibly True Story of the Longest Three Hour Tour in History2001TV MovieHimself
Entertainment Tonight Presents: Gilligan's Island - The Untold Tales2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
TV Guide's Truth Behind the Sitcom Scandals 22000TV Movie documentaryHimself
E! True Hollywood Story1999TV Series documentaryHimself
Space Ghost Coast to Coast1994TV SeriesHimself
The Late Show1988TV SeriesHimself
America Undercover1987TV Series documentaryHimself - Narrator
Family Feud1983TV SeriesHimself
The Great Adventure1964TV SeriesHimself - Narrator
Here's Hollywood1962TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2015TV SpecialHimself - In Memoriam
The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - In Memoriam
The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentaryProf. Roy Hinckley
The O'Reilly Factor2010TV SeriesHank in 'Attack of the Crab Monsters'
Entertainment Tonight2005TV SeriesHimself
Before the Three-Hour Tour2004Video documentary shortRoy 'The Professor' Hinkley Jr., PH.D
Brilliant But Cancelled2002TV Movie documentary
The Universe According to Universal2002Video documentary shortGeorge (uncredited)
Christian Scare Films Vol. 41999Video segment "God Is In The Streets"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie1996
Jack Arnold erzählt1983TV Series documentaryGeorge
Adventures of Superman1953TV SeriesMan on Phone in Montage


Won Awards

2004Pop Culture AwardTV Land AwardsGilligan's Island (1964)

Nominated Awards

2007TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsGreatest Gear or Admirable ApparatusGilligan's Island (1964)

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