|Did he bring this dress with him to the island? I think he gave it to Mary Ann.|
|It's actually pretty interesting.|
The original opening for Gilligan's Island didn't include The Professor or Mary Ann. They were famously known as "and the rest".(Geez. There were only two more! They couldn't just add two more?!) After the first season Bob Denver, who played Gilligan, insisted that be changed, and Russell Johnson and Dawn Wells be included. He didn't have to do that. He was the star. But he must have realized that the show was an ensemble show. They were on Gilligan's Isle, but it was pretty equal really.
Everybody born since 1964 has grown up with Gilligan's Island.I don't think there has been a time since it first aired that it hasn't been airing somewhere.(Yes, the humour was simple and often ridiculous, but it was well done and still funny.)I know I grew up with the show, being born in 1962. When I had my kids, I watched the show with them. They all loved it. My girls in particular went through their Gilligan stage. When Ivy was going through hers,a few years ago, we wrote to Russell Johnson, Dawn Wells(Mary Ann), and Tina Louise (Ginger) for autographs. Mr. Johnson and Tina Louise answered within a week or two.They both very kindly signed the two Gilligan collector cards we sent them.
|We're still waiting on Dawn Wells...|
And yes, there was even a doll of him.
|Target exclusive doll by Premier. The set of three dolls also included the Skipper and Gilligan.|
The character of The Professor obviously had a real name too.They only mentioned it once.Anybody remember it? Emma, I think you do. No cheating.(No internet searches! Try to remember or go watch some Gilligan!) I'll tell you tomorrow. (No, I'm not using the time to cheat.I do actually know.)
Goodbye Russell. See you later Professor.