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Professor, "Gilligan's Island"

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Johnson joined the Army Air Corps in World War II and served as a gunner on bombers. He had a very distinguished record and was highly decorated for his service.

He flew 44 combat missions as a crewman in B-24 Liberator bombers, and won seven decorations, including a Purple Heart for injuries sustained when his plane was shot down over the Philippines. When the war ended, he joined the Army Reserves, and used the GI Bill to fund his acting studies.

He became a close friend of Audie Murphy and later appeared with him in one of his films. Johnson's Hollywood career began in 1952, with the college fraternity hazing expos� For Men Only. His early roles were primarily in westerns and science fiction 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).

Johnson appeared in two episodes of note in The Twilight Zone. He attempted to prevent the assassination of Abraham Lincoln in the time-travel episode "Back There". He also appeared as a college Professor in the episode "Execution".

He is best known to the public as "The Professor", the erudite polymath who can build all sorts of inventions out of the primitive materials on the island, but could not seem to find a way for the castaways to get rescued. Gilligan's Island was in first-run from 1964 to 1967, but has been shown in reruns continuously since that time. Johnson was typecast in this sort of role, but he has willingly participated in all reunion movies, cartoons, and other events related to the program. When recognized as "The Professor" in public, he is gracious and friendly, and doesn't object to being addressed as "Professor".

Johnson was asked to take off his shirt when auditioning for the Gilligan's Island role, he refused but still got the job.

Before accepting the role of "Roy Hinkley", he made Gilligan's Island producer Sherwood Schwartz promise him that when he made scientific statements that they would be accurate.

After Gilligan's Island he appeared in several other movies and television shows, perhaps most notably the miniseries Vanished, based on a novel by Fletcher Knebel (1971), uncredited in the Robert Redford spy thriller, Three Days of the Condor (1975), and on the NBC soap opera Santa Barbara.

An episode of the show Newhart featured the Beavers (the men's organization) watching a Gilligan's Island marathon on TV. When they are suddenly evicted from the room, one of the Beavers protests, "I want to see how it ends!" He is assured that they (the Castaways) don't get off the island. Russell Johnson portrayed the protesting lodge member.

His son David ran the AIDS program for Los Angeles, California until his death of AIDS in 1994. Johnson has been a full-time volunteer for AIDS research fundraising since his son was diagnosed and in the years since his death.

Johnson has written his memoirs of the show, a book titled Here on Gilligan's Isle.

He currently lives in Bainbridge Island, Washington.

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Russell Johnson

Professor, "Gilligan's Island"

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Russell Johnson Biography

Johnson joined the Army Air Corps in World War II and served as a gunner on bombers. He had a very distinguished record and was highly decorated for his service.

He flew 44 combat missions as a crewman in B-24 Liberator bombers, and won seven decorations, including a Purple Heart for injuries sustained when his plane was shot down over the Philippines. When the war ended, he joined the Army Reserves, and used the GI Bill to fund his acting studies.

He became a close friend of Audie Murphy and later appeared with him in one of his films. Johnson's Hollywood career began in 1952, with the college fraternity hazing expos� For Men Only. His early roles were primarily in westerns and science fiction 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).

Johnson appeared in two episodes of note in The Twilight Zone. He attempted to prevent the assassination of Abraham Lincoln in the time-travel episode "Back There". He also appeared as a college Professor in the episode "Execution".

He is best known to the public as "The Professor", the erudite polymath who can build all sorts of inventions out of the primitive materials on the island, but could not seem to find a way for the castaways to get rescued. Gilligan's Island was in first-run from 1964 to 1967, but has been shown in reruns continuously since that time. Johnson was typecast in this sort of role, but he has willingly participated in all reunion movies, cartoons, and other events related to the program. When recognized as "The Professor" in public, he is gracious and friendly, and doesn't object to being addressed as "Professor".

Johnson was asked to take off his shirt when auditioning for the Gilligan's Island role, he refused but still got the job.

Before accepting the role of "Roy Hinkley", he made Gilligan's Island producer Sherwood Schwartz promise him that when he made scientific statements that they would be accurate.

After Gilligan's Island he appeared in several other movies and television shows, perhaps most notably the miniseries Vanished, based on a novel by Fletcher Knebel (1971), uncredited in the Robert Redford spy thriller, Three Days of the Condor (1975), and on the NBC soap opera Santa Barbara.

An episode of the show Newhart featured the Beavers (the men's organization) watching a Gilligan's Island marathon on TV. When they are suddenly evicted from the room, one of the Beavers protests, "I want to see how it ends!" He is assured that they (the Castaways) don't get off the island. Russell Johnson portrayed the protesting lodge member.

His son David ran the AIDS program for Los Angeles, California until his death of AIDS in 1994. Johnson has been a full-time volunteer for AIDS research fundraising since his son was diagnosed and in the years since his death.

Johnson has written his memoirs of the show, a book titled Here on Gilligan's Isle.

He currently lives in Bainbridge Island, Washington.

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  • How to book Russell Johnson?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Russell Johnson for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Russell Johnson, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Russell Johnson or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Russell Johnson?

    Booking fees for Russell Johnson, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Russell Johnson, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Russell Johnson?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Russell Johnson for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Russell Johnson for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Russell Johnson or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Russell Johnson or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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