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 Russell Johnson as The Professor on Gilligan's Island
Russell Johnson as The Professor on Gilligan's Island

Russell David Johnson (born November 10, 1924, in Ashley, Pennsylvania), is an American television and film actor best known as The Professor on the CBS television sitcom Gilligan's Island. Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... November 10 is the 314th day of the year (315th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 51 days remaining. ... 1924 (MCMXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Ashley is a borough located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, one mile (2 km) from Wilkes Barre. ... Films are produced by recording actual people and objects with cameras, or by creating them using animation techniques and/or special effects. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... CBS (Columbia Broadcasting System) is a major television network and radio broadcaster in the United States. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... The cast of Gilligans Island. ...


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. The Army Air Corps is a vital component of the British Army. ... World War II was a truly global conflict with many facets: immense human suffering, fierce indoctrination, and the use of new, extremely devastating weapons such as the atomic bomb. ...


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. Royal Canadian Air Force B-24 Liberator The Consolidated B-24 Liberator was produced in greater numbers than any other American combat aircraft, and was used by most of the Allied air forces in World War II. Designed as a heavy bomber, it served with distinction not only in that... The Purple Heart is a U.S. military decoration awarded in the name of the President of the United States to those who have been wounded or killed while serving in, or with, the U.S. military after April 5, 1917. ... Army reserves are a part of an army which is normally activated only during emergencies such as a war. ... The G. I. Bill of Rights or Servicemens Readjustment Act of 1944 provided for college or vocational education for returning World War II veterans as well as one-year of unemployment compensation. ...


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 exposé 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), and attempted to prevent the assassination of Abraham Lincoln in the Twilight Zone episode "Back There". Audie Leon Murphy (June 20, 1924 – May 28, 1971), was the United States most decorated combat soldier of World War II. He later became an actor and singer/songwriter. ... ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... A fraternity is an organization that represents the relationship between its members as akin to brotherhood. ... The Glenbrook North High School hazing incident concerned many people worldwide Hazing is often ritualistic harrasment, abuse or humiliation with requirements to perform meaningless tasks; sometimes as a way of initiation into a social group. ... Justus D. Barnes, from The Great Train Robbery The Western is one of the classic American literary and film genres. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... It Came from Outer Space is a 1953 science fiction film starring Richard Carlson, Barbara Rush and Charles Drake. ... 1953 (MCMLIII) is a common year starting on Thursday. ... This Island Earth DVD cover This Island Earth is a 1955 science fiction film directed by Joseph M. Newman. ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Attack Of The Crab Monsters was a 64-minute, 1957, American, black-and-white, science fiction film, written by Charles B. Griffith (also associate producer, and appearing in a small role) and produced and directed by Roger Corman via Los Altos Productions, on contract for distribution by Allied Artists Pictures... 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ma and Pa Kettle were the featured characters in a series of popular light comedic movies in the 1940s and 1950s. ... Waikīkī seen from the top of Diamond Head or Leahi. ... Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865), sometimes called Abe Lincoln and nicknamed Honest Abe, the Rail Splitter, and the Great Emancipator, was the 16th President of the United States (1861 to 1865), and the first president from the Republican Party. ... Note, this page is about the television series and its two revivals. ... Episode name Back There Episode number: 49 Season: 2 Original airdate: January 13, 1961 Writer: Rod Serling Director: David Orrick McDearmon Notable cast members Russell Johnson, John Lasell, Bartlett Robinson Synopsis Spoiler warning: On April 14, 1961, Peter Corrigan passes out during a discussion of time travel with his friends...


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 can't 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". For the Nintendo 64 emulator, see 1964 (Emulator). ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A cartoon is any of several forms of art, with varied meanings that evolved from one to another. ...


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. DeFoes Robinson Crusoe, Newspaper edition published in 1719 A novel (from French nouvelle, new) is an extended fictional narrative in prose. ... Fletecher Knebel (1911-1993) was an American author of several popular works of fiction, including Seven Days in May, about an attempted military coup in the United States. ... See also: 1970 in film 1971 1972 in film 1970s in film years in film film // Events February 8 - Bob Dylans hour long documentary film, Eat the Document, premieres at New Yorks Academy of Music. ... Robert Redford Charles Robert Redford Jr. ... Spy and secret agent redirect here; for alternate use, see Spy (disambiguation) and Secret agent (disambiguation). ... Film poster for Three Days of the Condor Three Days of the Condor is a United States motion picture made in 1975. ... See also: 1974 in film 1975 1976 in film 1970s in film years in film film // Events January 28 - George Lucas creates the second draft of what would eventually become Star Wars. ... The National Broadcasting Company or NBC is an American television broadcasting company based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... soap operas are boring Soap Opera redirects here. ... Santa Barbara was an American soap opera which ran on NBC for 2137 episodes from July 30, 1984 to January 15, 1993. ...


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. The Red Ribbon is the global symbol for solidarity with HIV-positive people and those living with AIDS. AIDS is an acronym for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome and is defined as a collection of symptoms and infections resulting from the depletion of the immune system caused... The City of Los Angeles (from Spanish; Los Ángeles) is the second-largest city in the United States in terms of population, as well as one of the worlds most important economic, cultural, and entertainment centers. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ...


Johnson has written his memoirs of the show, a book titled Here on Gilligan's Isle. A memoir, as a literary genre, forms a sub-class of autobiography. ...


He currently lives in Bainbridge Island, Washington. Bainbridge Island is an island in Puget Sound, and is an incorporated city located in Kitsap County, Washington. ...


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