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Actor, Russell Johnson, was born Russell David Johnson on Nov 10, 1924 in Ashley, PA. Johnson died at the age of 89 on Jan 16, 2014 in Bainbridge Island, WA .

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: More Than The Professor

By shadowsandsatin on Nov 10, 2013 From Shadows and Satin

If you only know as the Professor from Gilligan?s Island, you may be surprised to know that the actor started his career on the dark side of the big screen, with a featured role in a George Raft noir, Loan Shark (1952). In this feature, Johnson played a hard-boiled character who was ... Read full article


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Russell Johnson Quotes:

[Weigand is reading McLane's journal]
Dr. Karl Weigand: "Friday, March 12: This afternoon Professor Carter found a large piece of flesh having the same composition as the common earthworm, but measured 24 inches by eight. With this section as a measure, the worm-like creature would be more than five feet in length. Most intriguing is the tissue's consistency: it proved impossible to cut - knives passing through the flesh leaving no mark. Fire was applied to the tissue and the result..." The journal ends there.
Dale Drewer: It's getting very late. Let's work out a schedule for tomorrow and get some sleep.
Hank Chapman: But what about that five-foot nightcrawler? Well, excuse me for being so stupid... me and that book you're reading.
Dale Drewer: We weren't laughing at you, Hank. It's just McLane didn't mean to imply that the flesh was from a big worm. He said, "From a worm-like creature."
Martha Hunter: You know it might have been a sea worm. They've been know to grow much longer than five feet.
Hank Chapman: Well, excuse me for shooting my mouth off, but the journal didn't say anything about the sea - just talked about worms.


[Hank tries to contract the U.S. Navy using a jury-rigged wireless telegraph set]
Dale Drewer: Are you getting through, Hank?
Hank Chapman: How should I know? I'm not on the other end of this thing!


Seaman Jack Sommers: But this is the second bunch of brains that have come out here. What happened to the first?
Hank Chapman: They were here and then a storm hit... and they were gone. That's all anybody knows.
Seaman Jack Sommers: Doesn't anybody wonder?
Hank Chapman: Everybody wonders! They just don't like to talk about it.


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Russell Johnson Facts
Was enrolled in a Hollywood drama school when he was spotted by Paul Henreid, who cast him in For Men Only (1952).

Johnson and actress Dawn Wells are best known for their roles on the television series "Gilligan's Island" (1964), but they are also known for their ambiguous infamous reference "and the rest" in the show's original theme song. It was later to changed to "The professor and Mary Ann" after protests from the actors.

Was originally best known for playing character villains, but that changed dramatically after he played the Professor on "Gilligan's Island" (1964), which was the diametrically opposite type of character.

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