Gilligan's 'Professor' Russell Johnson dead at age 89

Created: 01/16/2014 4:58 PM WHEC.com

The actor who played "The Professor" on "Gilligan's Island" has died.

Russell Johnson was 89. His agent says he died this morning at his home in Washington state.

Johnson was a little-known character actor when he was cast in the slapstick 1960's comedy about seven people marooned on an uncharted Pacific island. He once joked that the only thing The Professor couldn't figure out how to do was fix the leaky boat.