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Russell Johnson, The Professor on Gilligan's Island, dies at 89

Published on Jan 17, 2014 6:37 AM
 
Russell Johnson, who portrayed the professor in "Gilligan's Island," poses during a launch party for "Gilligan's Island: The Complete First Season," in Marina Del Rey, California in this file photo taken on Feb 3, 2004. Russell Johnson, the veteran character actor who appeared in science fiction films and Westerns before earning enduring fame as The Professor on the classic 1960s sitcom Gilligan's Island, died on Thursday at the age of 89, his agent said. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

(REUTERS) - Russell Johnson, the veteran character actor who appeared in science fiction films and Westerns before earning enduring fame as The Professor on the classic 1960s sitcom Gilligan's Island, died on Thursday at the age of 89, his agent said.

"He died at 5.21am of natural causes at home in Washington state," agent Michael Eisenstadt said, adding that Johnson's wife and his daughter were at his side.

"Gilligan's Island", which was created by producer Sherwood Schwartz, ran for three seasons on the CBS network, from 1964 to 1967, and attracted even more popularity in syndication.

The show followed four men and three women stranded on a tropical island after being shipwrecked on the S.S. Minnow.

 
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