Thursday, January 16, 2014
Farewell to TV's Iconic Characters, The Professor and Reuben Kincaid
Discovered by actor Paul Henreid (Now Voyager, Casablanca), Johnson was a handsome and stalwart-looking character actor who, on Gilligan's Island, was constantly inventing ways for the castaways to get off the island, only to be foiled by the hapless Gilligan (Bob Denver). Another victim of his own success on tv, Johnson's career, as CNN puts it: "seemed stranded on its own island because of the popular sitcom role" he remained typecast as The Professor.
Dawn Wells (Mary Anne) and Tina Louise (Ginger) are now the show's last two surviving cast members.
Russell Johnson is survived by his third wife and their daughter. His son, a noted AIDS activist, died of AIDS in 1994.
"He was 'just a positive and nice guy' who always treated people with respect, his agent said," CNN added. His death was sudden and a shock to his family and friends. He resided in Washington.
We wish a fond adieu to these two classic television icons. R.I.P.