Jenny Lawrence


Russell Johnson, who played "The Professor," on Gilligan's Island, died on Thursday in Washington State. Johnson's wife confirmed the death.

Johnson's Gilligan's Island co-star Dawn Wells, who played Mary Ann on the show, announced his death on her Facebook page, writing, "My 2 favorite people are now gone," referring to Johnson and their late co-star, Bob Denver. "The Professor past away this morning. My heart is broken," she added.

"Russell was a true gentleman, a good father, a great friend, and 'the rest,'" Wells wrote. "I love him and shall miss him. My heart goes out to Connie and his daughter Kim. I love you."'


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