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Russell Johnson, 'The Professor' on 'Gilligan's Island,' dies at 89

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By Will Dunham

Reuters

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Russell Johnson, the veteran character actor who appeared in science fiction films and Westerns before earning enduring fame as "The Professor" on the classic 1960s sitcom "Gilligan's Island," died on Thursday at the age of 89, his agent said.

"He died at 5:21 a.m. of natural causes at home in Washington state," agent Michael Eisenstadtsaid, adding that Johnson's wife and his daughter were at his side.

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