Russell Johnson

Mostly Credited As: Russell Johnson
Sometimes Credited As: Russell D. Johnson
Russ Johnson

Birth Name: Russell David Johnson
Date Of Birth: November 10, 1924 (Age 89)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Ashley, Pennsylvania
Date Of Death: January 16, 2014
Cause Of Death: natural causes
Height: 5' 10" (1.77 m)

Russell Johnson

Long before he was known as "The Professor" in the cult comedy classic "Gilligan's Island" (1964), Russell Johnson was a well-known character actor, starring in several Westerns and Sci-Fi classics as This Island Earth (1955) and It Came from Outer Space (1953). Johnson grew up in Pennsylvania and was sent to a boarding school in Philadelphia with his brothers when his father died.

Unlike his Professor character, Johnson said he was not a bright student and was in fact held back a grade. Johnson did redeem himself later on in his school career and made the National Honor Society in high school. He joined the Army Air Corps in World War II, and earned the Purple Heart when his B-24 Liberator was shot down in the Philippines during a bombing run in March, 1945. After the war, he used the G.I. Bill to enroll in acting school to ply his new trade. Johnson currently lives in the state of Washington, and has done several guest shots on television shows.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Gilligan's Planet (1982)As: Professor -- [Voice]
The New Adventures of Gilligan (1974)As: Professor Roy Hinkley, Jr. -- [Voice]
Gilligan's Island (1964)As: Professor Roy Hinkley, Jr.
Black Saddle (1959)As: Marshal Gib Scott
Episode Cast Credits 

E! True Hollywood Story (1996) 
  Gilligan's Island 03x50: (Dec/12/1999) As Himself 

Roseanne (1988) 
  Sherwood Schwartz: A Loving Tribute 07x26: (May/24/1995) As Mark Healy (Tag Scene), [Uncredited]

Space Ghost Coast to Coast (1994) 
  Gilligan 01x02: (Apr/22/1994) Voiced  Himself 

Monsters (1988) 
  Sleeping Dragon 01x08: (Dec/10/1988) As Jeffrey, [Starring Roles]

Knots Landing (1979) 
  The Trouble with Peter 09x02: (Oct/01/1987) As Tim Murphy 

ALF (1986) 
  The Ballad of Gilligan's Island 02x02: (Sep/28/1987) As Professor Roy Hinkley 

Dynasty (US) (1981) 
  The Siege (1) 08x01: (Sep/23/1987) As Earl Thompson 
  Shadow Play 07x28: (May/06/1987) As Earl Thompson 
  The Arraignment 07x05: (Nov/05/1986) As Earl Thompson 

Newhart (1982) 
  Much to Do Without Muffin 05x24: (Apr/13/1987) As Unknown 

Fame (1982) (1982) 
  The Big Contract 06x15: (Feb/16/1987) As Duke Mackie 

MacGyver (1985) (1985) 
  Ugly Duckling 01x18: (Mar/12/1986) As Oslow, [Co-Guest Stars]

Dallas (1978) (1978) 
  Twenty-Four Hours 09x16: (Jan/10/1986) As Sheriff Wyatt Mansfield 

The Jeffersons (1975) 
  Death Smiles on a Dry Cleaner (2) 09x09: (Nov/28/1982) As Mac Steele 
  Death Smiles on a Dry Cleaner (1) 09x08: (Nov/21/1982) As Mac Steele 

Bosom Buddies (1980) 
  Amy's Career 01x09: (Jan/29/1981) As Mr. Shaw 

Lou Grant (1977) 
  Babies 02x10: (Dec/11/1978) As Karlan 

Wonder Woman (1976) 
  Disco Devil 03x05: (Oct/20/1978) As Colonel (Special Appearance by), [Special Guest Stars]

Police Story (1973) (1973) 
  No Margin for Error 05x06: (Apr/30/1978) As Unknown 

The ABC Afterschool Special (1972) 
  Hewitt's Just Different 06x01: (Oct/12/1977) As Mr. Calder 

Code R (1977) 
  Beauty and the Beach 01x10: (Apr/15/1977) As Ike 

McMillan and Wife (1971) 
  Coffee, Tea, or Cyanide? 06x04: (Jan/30/1977) As Carl Jensen 

Rich Man, Poor Man - Book II (1976) 
  Chapter 9 01x09: (Nov/30/1976) As Lieutenant Calvo 
  Chapter 8 01x08: (Nov/23/1976) As Lieutenant Calvo 

Mobile One (1975) 
  Californium 252 01x07: (Oct/27/1975) As unknown 
  The Informant 01x02: (Sep/12/1975) As unknown 

Cannon (1971) 
  Lady on the Run 04x21: (Mar/05/1975) As Paul Merrick 
  Blood Money 03x19: (Feb/06/1974) As Unknown 

Mannix (1967) 
  The Green Men 08x05: (Oct/20/1974) As Brasher 

Gunsmoke (1955) 
  The Fugitives 18x07: (Oct/23/1972) As Link Parrin 
  The Long Night 14x21: (Feb/17/1969) As Diggs 
  The Bear 04x25: (Feb/28/1959) As Harry Webb 
  Bloody Hands 02x21: (Feb/16/1957) As Joe Stranger 

Ironside (1967) 
  Programmed for Panic 06x03: (Sep/28/1972) As Martin Lucas 

O'Hara, U.S. Treasury (1971) 
  Operation: Bribery 01x04: (Oct/08/1971) As Agent Wells 

The F.B.I. (1965) 
  The Quest 05x26: (Mar/08/1970) As Dr. McGregor 
  Caesar´s Wife 04x18: (Jan/26/1969) As James Kellogg 
  The Dynasty 03x13: (Jan/07/1968) As Phillip Graham 

Lassie (US) (1954) 
  Father and Son 16x07: (Nov/09/1969) As John Bradley 
  Operation Woodland 09x28: (Apr/21/1963) As Mr. Allen 
  Fawn Patrol 09x06: (Nov/04/1962) As Mark Adams 
  The Crash 05x05: (Oct/05/1958) As Mr. Matthews 

The Felony Squad (1966) 
  The Human Target 02x26: (Mar/07/1968) As Tye Laughlin 

The Big Valley (1965) 
  The Good Thieves 03x16: (Jan/01/1968) As Davey Dunigan 

The Invaders (1967) 
  The Trial 02x06: (Oct/10/1967) As Robert Bernard 

Gilligan's Island (1964) 
  Two on a Raft 01x01: (Sep/26/1964) As Professor Roy Hinkley, Jr., [Co-Guest Stars]

The Great Adventure (1963) 
  The Siege of Boonesborough 01x24: (Apr/10/1964) Voiced  Narrator 
  Kentucky's Bloody Ground 01x23: (Apr/03/1964) Voiced  Narrator 
  The President Vanishes 01x21: (Mar/13/1964) Voiced  Narrator 
  The Night Raiders 01x18: (Feb/21/1964) Voiced  Narrator 

The Outer Limits (1963) 
  Specimen: Unknown 01x22: (Feb/24/1964) As Maj. Benedict 

The Greatest Show on Earth (1963) 
  Man in a Hole 01x20: (Feb/18/1964) As Dr. Arnold Andrews 

77 Sunset Strip (1958) 
  The Toy Jungle 06x11: (Dec/06/1963) As Harry Devlin 

Rawhide (1959) 
  Incident at Alkali Sink 05x29: (May/24/1963) As Burt Harvey 

Empire (1962) (1962) 
  Arrow in the Sky 01x27: (Apr/09/1963) As Bill Carey 

The Dakotas (1963) 
  Mutiny At Fort Mercy 01x03: (Jan/21/1963) As Lt. Clyde Marriott 

General Electric True (1962) 
  Mile Long Shot to Kill 01x09: (Nov/25/1962) As John T. Metcalf 

Wagon Train (1957) 
  The Shiloh Degnan Story 06x08: (Nov/07/1962) As Major Dan Marriott 
  The Beauty Jamison Story 02x11: (Dec/17/1958) As Steve Marshall 
  The Cliff Grundy Story 01x15: (Dec/25/1957) As Craig Manson 

Ben Casey (1961) 
  Go Not Gently into the Night 02x05: (Oct/29/1962) As Dr. Burke 

The Wide Country (1962) 
  Who Killed Eddie Gannon? 01x04: (Oct/11/1962) As Arn McHugh 

Tales of Wells Fargo (1957) 
  To Kill a Town 06x26: (Mar/31/1962) As Norman Hall 
  Rio Grande 01x09: (Jun/03/1957) As William Dodd 

Route 66 (1960) (1960) 
  Go Read the River 02x23: (Mar/16/1962) As Bob Keel 

Adventures in Paradise (1959) 
  Survival 03x13: (Dec/31/1961) As Bowman 

The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor (1959) 
  The Queen of Craven Point 03x11: (Dec/22/1961) As Lee Taber 

Hawaiian Eye (1959) 
  The Kupua of Coconut Bay 03x02: (Oct/04/1961) As Bert Jackson 

Ripcord (1961) 
  The Sky Diver 01x01: (Sep/28/1961) As Stan Warner 

Death Valley Days (1952) 
  Dead Man's Tale 09x24: (Feb/26/1961) As Noble 

The Twilight Zone (1959) 
  Back There 02x13: (Jan/13/1961) As Peter Corrigan 
  Execution 01x26: (Apr/01/1960) As George Manion 

Thriller (US) (1960) 
  The Hungry Glass 01x16: (Jan/03/1961) As Adam Talmadge 

The DuPont Show With June Allyson (1959) 
  The Desperate Challenge 02x12: (Dec/15/1960) As Tom Richards 
  Intermission 01x30: (May/02/1960) As Hugh Grafton 

Riverboat (1959) 
  The Unwilling 01x05: (Oct/11/1959) As Darius 

Lawman (1958) 
  The Encounter 01x16: (Jan/18/1959) As Wade Horgan 

Steve Canyon (1958) 
  Project Heartbeat 01x04: (Oct/04/1958) As Unknown 

Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) (1955) 
  Vicious Circle 02x29: (Apr/14/1957) As Turk 

Cavalcade of America (1952) 
  Don Marshall's Brat 05x23: (Mar/19/1957) As Don Marshall 
  Postmark: Danger 04x11: (Dec/27/1955) As Karl Nader 

You Are There (1953) 
  Mr. Christian Seizes the Bounty 05x05: (Oct/07/1956) As Fletcher Christian 

Kings Row (1955) 
  Lady in Fear 01x01: (Sep/13/1955) As Mark 

The Lone Ranger (1949) (1949) 
  Counterfeit Redskins 04x51: (Aug/25/1955) As Tom Levering 

The Lux Video Theatre (1950) 
  Eight Iron Men 05x38: (May/12/1955) As Carter 

Hallmark Hall Of Fame (1951) 
  The Touch of Steel 04x27: (May/01/1955) As Lefty 

City Detective (1953) 
  Why Should the Beautiful Die? 02x02: (Oct/26/1954) As Stocker 

Adventures of Superman (1952) 
  The Runaway Robot 01x17: (Jan/09/1953) As Chopper 

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