Russell Johnson

Celebrity

Biography

  • Birth Name: Russell David Johnson
  • Birth Place: Ashley, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 11/10/1924, Scorpio
  • Date of Death: 01/16/2014
  • Profession: Actor
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Russell Johnson Fast Facts:
  • Nickname was "Johnny" as a child.
  • Father passed away of pneumonia when he was 8; shortly after was sent to Girard College in Philadelphia, Pa., a school that provides education and board for orphaned and financially stressed families.
  • Enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet after graduating from boarding school; received a Purple Heart for his heroic service.
  • Made his acting debut in For Men Only (1952), a drama about fraternity hazing.
  • Was considered for the part of Ben Casey in the 1960s television drama Ben Casey; the role went to Vince Edwards.
  • Was asked to take off his shirt when auditioning for the Gilligan's Island character Professor Roy Hinkley; he refused, but still got the job.
  • In 1993, wrote the autobiography Here on Gilligan's Isle, spotlighting his time on the set of the iconic television series that ran for three seasons.
  • Outspoken advocate for HIV/AIDS fund-raising.
  • Russell Johnson Relationships:
  • Kim Johnson - Daughter
  • Constance Dane - Wife
  • Russell Kennedy Johnson - Father
  • Marian Johnson - Mother
  • Edith Cahoon - Ex-wife
  • Kay Cousins Johnson - Wife (deceased)
  • David Johnson - Son

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