Russell Johnson

The death of his father when he was eight years old and his placement in a boarding school for disadvantaged boys changed future character actor Russell Johnson from an aimless Pennsylvania youth to a purpose-driven ... Read more »
Born: 11/10/1924 in Ashley, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (48)

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

Actor

Meego 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Santa Barbara 1983 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Frozen Music: The Making of a Concert Hall 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Blue Movies 1988 (Movie)

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Gilligan's Planet 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Voice

Wonder Woman 1977 - 1979 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nowhere to Hide 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Voice

Collision Course 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Horror at 37,000 Feet 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Vanished 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Gilligan's Island 1964 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

The Greatest Story Ever Told 1965 (Movie)

Scribe (Actor)

A Distant Trumpet 1963 (Movie)

Capt Brinker (Actor)

Black Saddle 1958 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Badman's Country 1958 (Movie)

Sundance (Actor)

Attack of the Crab Monsters 1957 (Movie)

Hank Chapman (Actor)

Crossroads 1955 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

The Space Children 1957 (Movie)

Joe Gamble (Actor)

Courage of Black Beauty 1956 (Movie)

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Medic 1954 - 1956 (TV Show)

Actor

Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki 1955 (Movie)

Eddie (Actor)

Many Rivers to Cross 1955 (Movie)

Banks (Actor)

Strange Lady in Town 1955 (Movie)

Shadduck (Actor)

This Island Earth 1955 (Movie)

Steve Carlson (Actor)

Johnny Dark 1954 (Movie)

Emory (Actor)

Rogue Cop 1954 (Movie)

Patrolman Carland (Actor)

It Came From Outer Space 1953 (Movie)

George (Actor)

Law and Order 1953 (Movie)

Jimmy Johnson (Actor)

Ride Clear of Diablo 1953 (Movie)

Ringer (Actor)

Seminole 1952 (Movie)

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Adventures of the Queen (TV Show)

Actor

Aloha Means Goodbye (TV Show)

Actor

Beg, Borrow... or Steal (TV Show)

Actor

Hewitt's Just Different (TV Show)

Actor

The Bastard (TV Show)

Actor

The Ghost of Flight 401 (TV Show)

Actor

The Movie Murderer (TV Show)

Actor

The Twilight Zone (TV Show)

Actor

With a Vengeance (TV Show)

Actor

You Lie So Deep, My Love (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

The death of his father when he was eight years old and his placement in a boarding school for disadvantaged boys changed future character actor Russell Johnson from an aimless Pennsylvania youth to a purpose-driven young adult. Following his decorated military service during World War II, Johnson studied acting in Hollywood on the GI Bill, winning a contract with Universal Studios. After a decade of work on stage and television and in such features as "It Came From Outer Space" (1953) and "The Greatest Story Ever Told" (1965), Johnson signed on for the CBS sitcom "Gilligan's Island" (1964-67) with little ambition beyond supporting his family; the unparalleled success of the series in both its three-year run and in syndication made a pop culture figurehead of Johnson's "The Professor," whose indefatigable gadget-making was a low tech tonic for the high anxiety of the Cold War. Yet instant recognition came at a price for Johnson, who found himself adrift after the cancellation of his series in 1967, struggling to reestablish himself as a dramatic actor even as he was enshrined for playing one of the most beloved television characters of all time. Inevitably, his obituaries following his 2014 death led with his most iconic role.

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