Bob Denver

Actor, Radio host
A gentle physical comic with a knack for appearing simple without playing "dumb," Bob Denver put his talent to excellent use in two iconic television series of the 1960s: "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" (CBS ... Read more »
Born: 01/09/1935 in New Rochelle, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (31)

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Guide's Truth Behind the Sitcoms 2 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Meego 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Simpsons 1998 (Tv Show)

Voice

Herman's Head 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Friday Night Surprise! 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Back to the Beach 1987 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 37th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Real Trivial Pursuit 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

High School U.S.A. 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Gilligan's Planet 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Voice

The Invisible Woman 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Twilight Theater 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Scamps 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The All-Star Salute to Mother's Day 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Far Out Space Nuts 1975 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The New Adventures of Gilligan 1974 - 1977 (TV Show)

Voice

Whatever Happened to Dobie Gillis? 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Dusty's Trail 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bob Goulet Show Starring Robert Goulet 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

Gilligan's Island 1964 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sweet Ride 1967 (Movie)

(Actor)

Who's Minding the Mint? 1966 (Movie)

Willie Owens (Actor)

Dobie Gillis 1959 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

For Those Who Think Young 1963 (Movie)

Kelp (Actor)

Biography

A gentle physical comic with a knack for appearing simple without playing "dumb," Bob Denver put his talent to excellent use in two iconic television series of the 1960s: "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" (CBS, 1959-1963) and "Gilligan's Island" (CBS, 1964-67). Denver was the epitome of the screen beatnik as Maynard G. Krebs on "Gillis," but it was his turn as the accident-prone seaman Gilligan - no first name, despite rumors to the contrary - that made him a pop culture favorite for generations of fans. It also effectively neutralized his career, reducing Denver to playing the role over and over for TV series and convention crowds. If the idea galled him, he rarely showed it, preferring instead to bask in the happiness that he brought to audiences until his death in 2005. After his passing, he remained a beloved TV clown, forever a castaway and always at home in reruns.

Relationships

Dreama Denver

Wife
married September 1977 born c. 1950

Emily Denver

Daughter
born c. 1973

Patrick Denver

Son
born c. 1961

Jean Webber

Wife
divorced

EDUCATION

Loyola University

Milestones

1998

Arrested for possession of marijuana in June

1997

With wife Dreama, hosted "Weekend with Denver and Denver", broadcast in West Virginia

1994

Appeared in an episode of "Roseanne" that spoofed "Gilligan's Island"

1988

Once again reprised Krebs in "Bring Me the Head of Dobie Gillis" (CBS)

1985

Appeared in "The Foreigner" at Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ

1981

NBC weighed in with final installment "The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island"

1979

"The Castaways on Gilligan's Island" aired on NBC

1978

First of three TV-movie reunions produced by NBC, "Rescue from Gilligan's Island"

1977

Appeared once again as Maynard G Krebs in the CBS pilot episode for a proposed revival series titled "Whatever Happened to Dobie Gillis?"

1959

Played Maynard G Krebs, the beatnik buddy of Dobie Gillis (Dwayne Hickman) in "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" (CBS)

1959

Film debut in the role of MacIntosh (billed as Robert Denver) in "A Private's Affair"

Reunited with Gilligan creator Sherwood Schwartz as the dimwitted trail scout Dusty in the short-lived syndicated sitcom "Dusty's Trail"

Played Junior in the CBS comedy adventure series for children "Far Out Space Nuts"

Portrayed Rufus Butterworth in "The Good Guys"; perhaps in an effort to capitalize on "Gilligan" chemistry, CBS included both Alan Hale Jr and Jim Backus in the cast

Starred as Gilligan in the CBS situation comedy "Gilligan's Island"

Reprised Gilligan vocally in ABC animated series "The New Adventures of Gilligan"

Provided voice of Gilligan once again for the animated children's series "Gilligan's Planet"

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