Russell Johnson, the Professor on ‘Gilligan’s Island’, dies at 89

Posted at 4:57 PM, Jan 16, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-16 16:57:04-05

(CNN) — Actor Russell Johnson, best known as “the professor” in the 1960s TV sitcom “Gilligan’s Island,” died Thursday, his agent said. Johnson was 89.

Johnson played the iconic role of Professor Roy Hinkley, whose scientific schemes to get the castaways rescued were always foiled by Gilligan’s bumbling.