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Russell Johnson

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Russell David Johnson (November 10, 1924 – January 16, 2014) was an American actor, best known for his role as Professor Roy Hinkley in Gilligan's Island. Military career After graduating from high school, Johnson enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces as an aviation cadet. On completing his training, he was commissioned a second lieutenant. He flew 44 combat missions in the Pacific Theater during World War II as a bombardier in B-25 twin-engined medium bombers. On March 4, 1945, while flying as a navigator in a B-25 with the 100th Bombardment Squadron, 42nd Bombardment Group, 13th Air Force, his B-25 and two others were shot down during a low-level bombing and strafing run against Japanese military targets in the Philippine Islands. The B-25s encountered heavy anti-aircraft fire, and all three had to ditch in the sea off Zamboanga. Johnson broke both ankles in the landing, and his bomber's co-pilot was killed. Johnson received a Purple Heart for his injuries. He was also awarded the Air Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with three campaign stars, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one campaign star, and the World War II Victory Medal. After Japan's surrender, Johnson was honorably discharged as a first lieutenant on November 22, 1945. He joined the United States Air Force Reserve and used the G.I. Bill to pay for his acting studies at the Actors' Lab in Hollywood. While there, he met actress Kay Cousins (1923–1980), whom he married in 1949. His early roles were primarily in Westerns such as Rancho Notorious (1952, starring Marlene Dietrich), Seminole (1953), Law and Order (1953, opposite Ronald Reagan), and Badman's Country (1958), and science fiction films such as It Came from Outer Space (1953), This Island Earth (1955), Attack of the Crab Monsters (1956), and The Space Children (1958). He also appeared in a Ma and Pa Kettle vehicle, Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki (1955), as well as in Roger Corman's rock-'n'-roll crime drama Rock All Night (1957). In 1955, he had a role in Many Rivers to Cross along with Alan Hale Jr., later as the Skipper from Gilligan's Island. "The Professor" on Gilligan's Island Johnson was best known for playing Professor Roy Hinkley (usually called the "Professor"), the very knowledgeable polymath who could build all sorts of inventions out of the most rudimentary materials available on the island. As Johnson himself pointed out, though, he could not fix the hole in the boat. In the first episode of the show, the radio announcer describes the Professor as a research scientist and well-known scoutmaster. Gilligan's Island aired from 1964-67, but has been shown in reruns continuously ever since. CLR

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Nov 10, 1924 In Ashley, Pennsylvania, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Lux Video Theatre 1950-10-02
Latest Project:
Movie The Gilligan Manifesto 2018-11-16
Known For
Poster of MacGyver
Poster of The Great Skycopter Rescue
Poster of Three Days of the Condor
Poster of This Island Earth
Movie The Gilligan Manifesto Himself 2018-11-16
Movie Surviving Gilligan's Island Himself 2001-10-14
Series E! True Hollywood Story Unknown 1996-03-29
Series Space Ghost Coast to Coast Unknown 1994-04-15
Movie Blue Movies Mr. Martin 1988-01-01
Series Monsters Unknown 1988-10-01
Series Roseanne Unknown 1988-10-18
Series ALF Professor Roy Hinkley 1986-09-22
Series MacGyver Unknown 1985-09-29
Movie Off the Wall Mr. Whitby 1983-07-01
Series Fame Unknown 1982-01-07
Series Newhart Unknown 1982-10-02
Series Gilligan's Planet Unknown 1982-09-18
Series Dynasty Unknown 1981-01-12
Movie The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island Prof. Roy Hinkley Jr. 1981-05-15
Series Bosom Buddies Unknown 1980-11-27
Movie The Great Skycopter Rescue Professor Benson 1980-12-31
Movie The Castaways on Gilligan's Island Prof. Roy Hinkley Jr. 1979-05-03
Series Knots Landing Unknown 1979-12-27
Movie The Ghost of Flight 401 Loft 1978-02-18
Movie Rescue from Gilligan's Island Professor Roy Hinkley, Jr. 1978-10-21
Series Code R Unknown 1977-01-21
Movie Hitch Hike to Hell Captain J.W. Shaw 1977-01-01
Movie Nowhere to Hide Charles Montague 1977-06-05
Series Lou Grant Unknown 1977-09-20
Movie You Lie So Deep, My Love The Foreman 1975-02-25
Series The Jeffersons Unknown 1975-01-18
Movie Adventures of the Queen Forbes 1975-02-14
Series Wonder Woman Unknown 1975-11-07
Movie Three Days of the Condor Intelligence Officer at Briefing (uncredited) 1975-09-24
Series The New Adventures of Gilligan Unknown 1974-09-07
Movie The Horror at 37,000 Feet Jim Hawley 1973-02-13
Series Hawkins District Attorney 1973-03-13
Series Police Story Unknown 1973-03-20
Movie Beg, Borrow...or Steal Alex Langley 1973-03-20
Series ABC Afterschool Special Unknown 1972-10-04
Series McMillan & Wife Unknown 1971-09-17
Series Cannon Unknown 1971-09-14
Series Vanished Clyde Morehouse 1971-03-08
Series Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law Asst D.A. Grant 1971-09-16
Movie The Movie Murderer Cliff Thomas 1970-02-02
Movie Cry for Poor Wally 1969-07-24
Series The Invaders James Bernard 1967-01-10
Series Mannix Unknown 1967-09-16
Series Ironside Unknown 1967-03-28
Series That Girl Unknown 1966-09-08
Series Felony Squad Unknown 1966-09-12
Movie The Greatest Story Ever Told Scribe 1965-02-15
Series The F.B.I. Unknown 1965-09-19
Series Gilligan's Island Roy "The Professor" Hinkley 1964-09-26
Series The Dakotas Unknown 1963-01-07
Series The Great Adventure Unknown 1963-09-27
Series The Outer Limits Unknown 1963-09-16
Series The Greatest Show on Earth Unknown 1963-09-17
Series General Electric True Unknown 1962-09-30
Series Ripcord Unknown 1961-09-28
Series Ben Casey Unknown 1961-10-02
Series Route 66 Unknown 1960-10-07
Series Thriller Unknown 1960-09-13
Series Riverboat Unknown 1959-09-13
Series Black Saddle Marshal Gib Scott 1959-01-10
Series The DuPont Show with June Allyson Unknown 1959-09-21
Series Rawhide Unknown 1959-01-09
Series Adventures in Paradise Unknown 1959-10-05
Series The Twilight Zone Prof. Manion 1959-10-02
Series Hawaiian Eye Unknown 1959-10-07
Series The Detectives Unknown 1959-10-16
Movie The Space Children Joe Gamble 1958-06-01
Movie Badman's Country Sundance 1958-08-02
Series Lawman Unknown 1958-10-05
Movie The Saga of Hemp Brown Hook 1958-09-04
Series 77 Sunset Strip Unknown 1958-10-10
Movie Rock All Night Jigger 1957-04-01
Movie Attack of the Crab Monsters Hank Chapman 1957-02-10
Movie Courage of Black Beauty Ben Farraday 1957-07-01
Movie Strange Lady in Town Shadduck 1955-04-12
Movie Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki Eddie Nelson 1955-04-01
Movie This Island Earth Steve Carlson 1955-06-01
Movie Many Rivers to Cross Banks 1955-02-04
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown 1955-10-02
Series Kings Row Unknown 1955-09-13
Movie Ride Clear of Diablo Jed Ringer 1954-02-10
Movie Johnny Dark Emory 1954-06-25
Series Lassie Unknown 1954-09-12
Movie Black Tuesday Howard Sloane 1954-12-31
Movie Seminole Lieutenant Hamilton 1953-03-01
Movie Column South Cpl. Biddle 1953-05-20
Series You Are There Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie Tumbleweed Lam Blanden 1953-12-09
Movie It Came from Outer Space George 1953-06-05
Movie The Stand at Apache River Greiner 1953-09-09
Series City Detective Unknown 1953-09-07
Movie For Men Only Ky Walker 1952-01-11
Movie Loan Shark Charlie Thompson 1952-05-23
Series Adventures of Superman Unknown 1952-09-19
Series Cavalcade of America Unknown 1952-10-01
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Series Lux Video Theatre Unknown 1950-10-02