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Russell Johnson (November 10, 1924 – January 16, 2014) was an American TV & film actor best known as "The Professor" on the CBS television sitcom Gilligan's Island. His son, David, ran the AIDS program for Los Angeles, California, until David's own death from complications of AIDS in 1994. Johnson was a full-time volunteer for AIDS research fundraising since his son was diagnosed.

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Russell Johnson, an actor who made a living by often playing villains in westerns until he was cast as the Professor, the brains of a bunch of sweetly clueless, self-involved, hopelessly naïve island castaways, on the hit sitcom “Gilligan’s Island,” died at his home in Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was 89. (January 16th)

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Russell Johnson, best known for his roll of the Professor on Gilligan's Island, passed away today, Jan 16, 2014. He was a World War II hero, awarded the Air Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, WWII Victory Medal and the Purple Heart. While flying as a navigator in March 1945, his B-25 was shot down and had to ditch, during which he broke both his ankles. R.I.P. Professor, and thank you for your service. #WWII #History

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Actor Russell Johnson, best known as "The Professor" on Gilligan's Island, served in the US Army Air Force during WWII. He flew 44 combat missions as a bombardier in B-25 bombers. In March 1945, he and two other B-25s were shot down in the Philippines. He broke both his ankles and the radioman next to him was killed. Johnson earned a Purple Heart, among other honors. He was honorably discharged and later served in the Army Reserve. He used his GI Bill to fund his acting lessons.

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Russell Johnson -- (11/10/1924-1/16/2014). American Television and Film Actor. He portrayed [The Professor] aka Roy Hinkley on TV Series "Gilligan's Island". Movies -- "The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island", "The Castaways on Gilligan's Island", "Rescue from Gilligan's Island" as Professor Roy Hinkley, Jr. He died of Kidney Failure, age 89

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Russell Johnson-Army Air Corp & Reserves-WW2-Bombardier and navigator on B-24's in Pacific, 44 combat missions and shot down.(Actor)

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Actor Russell Johnson, best known as "The Professor" on Gilligan's Island, served in the US Army Air Force during WWII. He flew 44 combat missions as a bombardier in B-25 bombers. In March 1945, he and two other B-25s were shot down in the Philippines. He broke both his ankles and the radioman next to him was killed. Johnson earned a Purple Heart, among other honors. He was honorably discharged and later served in the Army Reserve. He used his GI Bill to fund his acting lessons.

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the Professor on Gilligan's Island has died at 89

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