R.I.P. “Gilligan’s Professor”

R.I.P. “Gilligan’s Professor”

Before Russell Johnson was the Professor on Gilligan's Island, he was Marshal Gib Scott of Latigo, NM. Peter Breck was the gunfighter-turned-lawyer Clay Culhane - The Black Saddle - TV western

Russell Johnson's Professor Taught Me A Thing or Two growing up

Russell Johnson's Professor Taught Me A Thing or Two growing up

Russell Johnson - After high school, in the midst of World War II, Johnson joined the United States Army Air Forces as an aviation cadet and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. He flew 44 combat missions as a bombardier in B-25 Mitchell twin-engine medium bombers.

Russell Johnson - After high school, in the midst of World War II, Johnson joined the United States Army Air Forces as an aviation cadet and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. He flew 44 combat missions as a bombardier in B-25 Mitchell twin-engine medium bombers.

RUSSELL DAVID JOHNSON - Actor: Gilligan's Island & Knots Landing Nov 10, 1924 - Jan 16, 2014 (89 yrs) Kidney Failure

RUSSELL DAVID JOHNSON - Actor: Gilligan's Island & Knots Landing Nov 10, 1924 - Jan 16, 2014 (89 yrs) Kidney Failure

Russell Johnson Dead: 'Gilligan's Island' Professor Dies At 89

Russell Johnson Dead: 'Gilligan's Island' Professor Dies At 89

Russell Johnson, who played the professor on "Gilligan's Island," died this morning (Jan. at 89 years old. Johnson died at his

Russell Johnson, the Professor on 'Gilligan's Island,' has died at 89. (via Yahoo TV)

Russell Johnson, the Professor on 'Gilligan's Island,' Is Dead at 89

Russell Johnson, the Professor on 'Gilligan's Island,' has died at 89. (via Yahoo TV)

Russell Johnson (a/k/a The Professor) November 10, 1924 - January 16, 2014

'Gilligan's Island' star Russell Johnson dies

Russell Johnson (a/k/a The Professor) November 10, 1924 - January 16, 2014

Russell Johnson, best known as "The Professor" on Gilligan's Island, served in the US Army Air Force during WWII. He flew 44 combat missions as a bombardier in B-25 bombers. In March 1945, he and two other B-25s were shot down in the Philippines. He broke both his ankles and the radioman next to him was killed. Johnson earned a Purple Heart, among other honors. He was honorably discharged and later served in the Army Reserve. He used his GI Bill to fund his acting lessons.

Russell Johnson, best known as "The Professor" on Gilligan's Island, served in the US Army Air Force during WWII. He flew 44 combat missions as a bombardier in B-25 bombers. In March 1945, he and two other B-25s were shot down in the Philippines. He broke both his ankles and the radioman next to him was killed. Johnson earned a Purple Heart, among other honors. He was honorably discharged and later served in the Army Reserve. He used his GI Bill to fund his acting lessons.

Russell David Johnson "The Professor" (November 10, 1924 – January 16, 2014) Aged 89

Russell David Johnson "The Professor" (November 10, 1924 – January 16, 2014) Aged 89

Russell Johnson, The Professor on 'Gilligan's Island,' dies at 89 (Photo: AP)

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

Russell Johnson, The Professor on 'Gilligan's Island,' dies at 89 (Photo: AP)

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