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Gilligan (Character)
from "Gilligan's Island" (1964)

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Willy Gilligan is a fictional character played by Bob Denver on the 1960s TV show Gilligan's Island and its many sequels. Gilligan's full name has been a subject of debate for decades, which was finally resolved by the release of Gilligan's Island The Complete First Season on DVD in 2004. In a documentary called Before the Three Hour Tour. Sherwood Schwartz's original treatment for the series reveal that Gilligan's full name was "Willy Gilligan", a name that Bob Denver sometimes gave during talk-show interviews. The documentary also reveals that Schwartz found the name "Gilligan" by flipping through a phone book.

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