Screen Junkies » Gilligan’s Island http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 17 Sep 2014 01:59:03 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Russell Johnson, The Professor From ‘Gilligan’s Island’, Dies At Very Old http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/russell-johnson-the-professor-from-gilligans-island-dies-at-very-old/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/russell-johnson-the-professor-from-gilligans-island-dies-at-very-old/#comments Thu, 16 Jan 2014 22:50:30 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=258763 He is survived by the Harlem Globetrotters.

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Russell Johnson, the actor best known as the handsome and brilliant Professor on Gilligan’s Island has died at the age of 89. In reality, he did not live on an uncharted island with a wacky cast of characters, but on the much better known Bainbridge Island, WA. After winning a Purple Heart for his Army Air Force service in World War II, Mr. Johnson studied on the G.I. Bill at the Actors’ Laboratory in Hollywood. He soon began a contract with Universal-International, which led to roles in a series of movies, mostly as the villain in westerns.

In 1964, he won his career-defining role as the Professor on the hit sitcom. That series ran until 1967, with Johnson reprising the role in the 70′s and 80′s for two Gilligan cartoon series and three made-for-television movies.

Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife, Connie; a daughter, Kim; a stepson, Court Dane; a grandson, and the Harlem Globetrotters. (NY Times)

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R.I.P. Sherwood Schwartz http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/r-i-p-sherwood-schwartz/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/r-i-p-sherwood-schwartz/#comments Tue, 12 Jul 2011 18:45:18 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=219847 The 'Brady Bunch' and 'Gilligan's Island' creator has passed away at 94.

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Sherwood Schwartz, the creator of The Brady Bunch and Gilligan’s Island as well as their catchy theme songs, has passed away at the age of 94.

The Emmy-winning legend began writing jokes for Bob Hope before launching the world famous television sitcoms and writing their songs that I now can’t get out of my head. He was working on a big screen Gilligan’s Island when he fell ill last week. He is survived by his wife of 69 years and their four children and the Harlem Globetrotters. (AP)

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‘Dark Knight’ Producer to Reboot ‘Gilligan’s Island’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dark-knight-producer-to-reboot-gilligans-island/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dark-knight-producer-to-reboot-gilligans-island/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Charles Roven and Atlas Entertainment have just dropped anchor on their next project, a big-screen adaptation of Gilligan's Island. The producer of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight has picked up a script by Yogi Bear's Brad Copeland to bring the iconic castaways to theaters. There's no word yet whether the film will veer toward hacky, slapstick comedy or if it will take a gritty, more serious approach to Gilligan's first year as a bumbling, accident-prone crewman.Series producer Sherwood Schwartz is also onboard as executive producer and, though no cast or director are in place, feels that terminally typecast actor Michael Cera is a shoe-in for the role of Gilligan. Expect Avatar's Joel David Moore's aggressive campaigning for the role to begin in 5... 4... 3... 2...(Variety)

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Charles Roven and Atlas Entertainment have just dropped anchor on their next project, a big-screen adaptation of Gilligan’s Island. The producer of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight has picked up a script by Yogi Bear‘s Brad Copeland to bring the iconic castaways to theaters. There’s no word yet whether the film will veer toward hacky, slapstick comedy or if it will take a gritty, more serious approach to Gilligan’s first year as a bumbling, accident-prone crewman.

Series producer Sherwood Schwartz is also onboard as executive producer and, though no cast or director are in place, feels that terminally typecast actor Michael Cera is a shoe-in for the role of Gilligan. Expect Avatar‘s Joel David Moore‘s aggressive campaigning for the role to begin in 5… 4… 3… 2…

(Variety)

 

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