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:

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.


[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 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.


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Russell Johnson Facts
Johnson revealed on Surviving Gilligan's Island: The Incredibly True Story of the Longest Three Hour Tour in History (2001) (TV) that producers wanted him to take off his shirt during the screen test to determine his sex appeal, but he refused. The producers settled for a photo instead. [2001]

Immortalized by the obscure Canadian band Show Business Giants in their song, I Can't Get Russell Johnson Off My Mind, from their 1995 album Let's Have a Talk With the Dead.

Was a member of the National Honor Society while in high school.

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