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Actor Russell Johnson, who was best known for his role as Professor Roy Hinkley on Gilligan’s Island died at the age of 89. The actor died at home of natural causes.
Johnson played the role of the Professor on Gilligan’s Island and was often the mastermind behind schemes to get the castaways rescued, even though the plans almost seemed to be foiled by Gilligan. The actor did star in several roles following his time on the island but no role was as iconic as the Professor.
Johnson was often referred to as a classy, positive and nice guy according to his agent. The actor had many fans around the world.
Johnson had worked up until his death, even signing autographs for fans over the holidays. Celebrities and fans have been taking to a variety of social media outlets to express their condolences, memories and fondness for the beloved actor. The following is some of the outpouring of support that has been taking place on social media.
So sad that we've lost Russell Johnson. He lives in our hearts forever and is loved by so many. We will miss him: https://t.co/87QRLWgmRg
— Tina Louise (@TheTinaLouise) January 16, 2014
Sorry to see Russell Johnson (the professor from Gilligan's Island) passed. He played Noah Drake's Dad on GH in '82 pic.twitter.com/y8YtQMKDs2
— Rick Springfield (@rickspringfield) January 16, 2014
Reuben Kincaid and The Professor pass on the same day. Not cool, universe. RIP gentleman.
— Greg Berlanti (@GBerlanti) January 16, 2014
For old timers like me it stings to hear that The Professor from Gilligans Island has died. R.I.P. Russell Johnson. :( #classicTV
— Jim O'Heir (@JimOHeir) January 16, 2014
RIP Russell Johnson, of "Gilligan's Island" infamy. Years of schooling later, he remained my favorite Professor....
— Josh Elliott (@JoshElliottABC) January 16, 2014
To Russell Johnson, a fine actor and man. pic.twitter.com/QPgpMIZKU7
— Roger Corman (@RogerCorman) January 17, 2014
So sorry to say that my friend Russell Johnson, the Professor from Gilligan's Island, has passed away...<3
— Erin Murphy (@Erin_Murphy) January 16, 2014
— Norm Clarke (@Norm_Clarke) January 17, 2014
— steven gasowski (@elsteve76) January 16, 2014