Russell David Johnson was an American actor. He was best known for his role as Professor Roy Hinkley in Gilligan’s Island. Johnson was also known for Marshal Gib Scott in Black Saddle. He died of a heart attack on November 10, 2013, in Los Angeles, California.
About Russell Johnson in brief
Russell David Johnson was an American actor. He was best known for his role as Professor Roy Hinkley in Gilligan’s Island. Johnson was also known for Marshal Gib Scott in Black Saddle. He flew 44 combat missions in the Pacific Theater during World War II as a bombardier in B-25 twin-engined medium bombers. He received a Purple Heart for his injuries. Johnson’s Hollywood career began in 1952, with the college fraternity hazing exposé For Men Only, and with Loan Shark, also released in 1952 and starring George Raft. He appeared in Westerns such as Rancho Notorious, Seminole, Law and Order, and Badman’s Country. He also appeared in a Ma and Pa Kettle vehicle, Ma andPa Kettle at Waikiki, as well as in Roger Corman’s rock-‘n’-roll crime drama Rock All Night. During the 1950s, he played the head of a gang of crooks in episode 17 of season one of The Adventures of Superman. In 1962, he was cast as John Talford in the episode of Ripcord at Fort Mercy, hosted by Jack Webb.
Also appeared in the short-lived Western series The Dakotas. Also played a role in Tales of Wells Fargo in 1963, and in The Real McCoys of The McCoys the following year. He played submarine officer and later author Edward L. Beach Jr. in two 1960 episodes of The Silent Service, based on actual stories of the submarine section of the United States Navy. In 1964, he appeared in an episode of Wagon Train, “The Cliff Grundy Story” and twice with June Allyson on her anthology series The DuPont Show. He starred with William Shatner in the 1961 episode of The Hungry Glass, a pilot episode of Thriller, un unaired, with Joan Stephens and Harvey Stephens in unaired episodes of Thrill, Thriller and The Thrill of the Sky Diver. He died of a heart attack on November 10, 2013, in Los Angeles, California. He is survived by his wife, Minnie Johnson, and seven children.