Professor Roy Hinkley from Gilligan's Island, Russell Johnson dead

Some sad news to pass along this afternoon as Russell Johnson, better known as Professor Roy Hinkley from Gilligan’s Island has died.

Johnson was 89.

Per TMZ:

The actor who played the Professor in “Gilligan’s Island” has died … TMZ has learned.

Russell Johnson, who played Professor Roy Hinkley, died of natural causes at his home in Washington.

Dawn Wells, who played Mary Ann, just posted on Facebook, “My 2 favorite people are now gone.  The professor past (sic) away this morning.  My heart is broken.”

The other person Wells was referring to was Bob Denver, who played Gilligan. He passed away in 2005.

In addition to his work on Gilligan’s Island, Johnson appeared in a handful of television series and mini-movies. He also had a brief guest appearance on the ever-popular sitcom Dallas and had a role in NBC’s popular soap opera, Santa Barbara.

Johnson was married three times and had two children.

Mary Ann and Ginger are the only two surviving original cast members.

Johnson is the second popular sitcom star to pass away in recent weeks as James Avery, better know as Uncle Phil on Fresh Prince of Bel Air died earlier this month.

Our condolences to Johnson’s family and friends.

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