Russell Johnson dies of kidney failure

The actor died of kidney failure Thursday at his residence in Washington

Russell Johnson, best known for playing Professor Roy Hinkley in Gilligan’s Island, is dead. He was 89. His wife Constance Dane and daughter Kim Johnson were by his side, reported a webite.

“He died at home, peaceful, in his sleep at 5:21 am today (Thursday),” a leading news channel quoted Dane as saying.

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Dawn Wells, who played Mary Ann in the 1960s show, posted a picture of herself, Johnson and late actor Bob Denver, who played Gillian, on Facebook to express her grief.

“My two favourite people are now gone. The Professor (passed) away this morning. My heart is broken.”

Johnson was born in Pennsylvania and joined the United States Army Air Forces after high school. He flew combat missions in World War II before taking up acting as profession in the early 1950s.

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He appeared in several films and television shows in the 1950s and early 1960s, including Men Only and Loan Shark.

After the hit TV series Gilligan’s Island, Johnson continued to make appearances on television in shows like Lassie and Gunsmoke.

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