Russell Johnson Overview:

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:

[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!


Hank Chapman: Well, you remember that first big H-bomb test - the one that blew Elugelab Island right out of the ocean?
Seaman Ron Fellows: Well, who'd forget that?
Hank Chapman: A tremendous amount of the radioactive fallout came this way. A great seething, burning cloud of it sank into this area, blanketing the island with hot ashes and seawater. Dr. Weigand's group is here to study fallout effects at their worst. Dr. James Carson is a geologist. He'll try to learn what's happening to the soil. The botanist, Jules Deveroux, will examine all the plant life for radiation poisoning. Martha Hunter and Dale Brewer are biologists. He works on land animalism while she takes care of the seafood. Dr. Karl Weigand is a nuclear physicist. He'll collect their findings and relate them to the present theories on the effects of too-much radiation.


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
Enlisted in the U.S. Army in November 1942. Was assigned the service number 13 154 406 and served for two years, before being discharged in January 1944 to accept a commission as an officer.

Three children: two, David and Kim Johnson with his second wife, Kay Cousins Johnson; and one stepson, Courtney Dane, with his third wife, Constance Dane.

Served for over twelve years as an officer of the Air Force, first as an active duty World War II bombadier (1944 - 1945) and then as an inactive member of the Officer Reserve Corps. Upon the creation of the U.S. Air Force, in the late 1940s, was augmented to the U.S. Air Force Reserve and briefly was a member of the 4th Air Reserve District in San Francisco. In 1953, became an inactive officer once again and recieved final discharge from the Air Force Reserve in August 1957.

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