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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]
  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 
  Gilligan 01x02: (Apr/22/1994) Voiced  Himself 

Monsters (1988) 
  Sleeping Dragon 01x08: (Dec/10/1988) As Jeffrey, [Starring Roles]
  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 
  The Ballad of Gilligan's Island 02x02: (Sep/28/1987) As Professor Roy Hinkley 

Dynasty (US) (1981) 
  Shadow Play 07x28: (May/06/1987) As Earl Thompson 
  The Arraignment 07x05: (Nov/05/1986) As Earl Thompson 
  The Arraignment 07x05: (Nov/05/1986) As Earl Thompson 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) 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 
  The Big Contract 06x15: (Feb/16/1987) As Duke Mackie 

MacGyver (1985) (1985) 
  Ugly Duckling 01x18: (Mar/12/1986) As Oslow, [Co-Guest Stars]
  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 
  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 
  Amy's Career 01x09: (Jan/29/1981) As Mr. Shaw 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cannon (1971) 
  Blood Money 03x19: (Feb/06/1974) As Unknown 
  Blood Money 03x19: (Feb/06/1974) As Unknown 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Paul Merrick 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Paul Merrick 

Gunsmoke (1955) 
  The Fugitives 18x07: (Oct/23/1972) As Link Parrin 
  The Fugitives 18x07: (Oct/23/1972) As Link Parrin 
  The Long Night 14x21: (Feb/17/1969) As Diggs 
  The Long Night 14x21: (Feb/17/1969) As Diggs 

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

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

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

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 
  Kentucky's Bloody Ground 01x23: (Apr/03/1964) Voiced  Narrator 
  The Night Raiders 01x18: (Feb/21/1964) Voiced  Narrator 

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

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 

Lassie (US) (1954) 
  Operation Woodland 09x28: (Apr/21/1963) As Mr. Allen 
  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 

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

Wagon Train (1957) 
  The Shiloh Degnan Story 06x08: (Nov/07/1962) As Major Dan Marriott 
  The Shiloh Degnan Story 06x08: (Nov/07/1962) As Major Dan Marriott 
  The Cliff Grundy Story 01x15: (Dec/25/1957) As Craig Manson 
  The Cliff Grundy Story 01x15: (Dec/25/1957) As Craig Manson 

The Wide Country (1962) 
  Who Killed Eddie Gannon? 01x04: (Oct/11/1962) As Arn McHugh 
  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 
  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 
  The Queen of Craven Point 03x11: (Dec/22/1961) As Lee Taber 

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

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

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

The Twilight Zone (1959) 
  Execution 01x26: (Apr/01/1960) As George Manion 
  Execution 01x26: (Apr/01/1960) As George Manion 

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

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

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

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 
  The Runaway Robot 01x17: (Jan/09/1953) As Chopper 

O'Hara, U.S. Treasury (1971) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Agent Wells 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Agent Wells 

Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) (1955) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Turk 

The Felony Squad (1966) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Tye Laughlin 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Tye Laughlin 

The Lux Video Theatre (1950) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Carter 

Ben Casey (1961) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Dr. Burke 

Police Story (1973) (1973) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Unknown 

McMillan and Wife (1971) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Carl Jensen 

Lawman (1958) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Wade Horgan 

Hawaiian Eye (1959) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Bert Jackson 

Hallmark Hall Of Fame (1951) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Lefty 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Lefty 

The Invaders (1967) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Robert Bernard 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Robert Bernard 

The Greatest Show on Earth (1963) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Dr. Arnold Andrews 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Dr. Arnold Andrews 

Steve Canyon (1958) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Unknown 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Unknown 

The Lone Ranger (1949) (1949) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Tom Levering 
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