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Russell Johnson (I) (1924–2014)


Long before he was known as "The Professor" in the cult comedy classic Gilligan's Island (1964), Russell Johnson was a well-known character actor, starring in several Westerns and Sci-Fi classics as This Island Earth (1955) and It Came from Outer Space (1953). Johnson grew up in Pennsylvania and was sent to a boarding school in Philadelphia with ... See full bio »

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 1997 Meego (TV Series)
The Professor
 1996 Hellbender (Video Game)
General Cho (voice)
 1995 Roseanne (TV Series)
Mark
- Sherwood Schwartz--A Loving Tribute (1995) ... Mark (uncredited)
 1992 With a Vengeance (TV Movie)
Dr. Jesse Butler
 1989 My Two Dads (TV Series)
Frank Mooney
- The Man in the Pink Slip (1989) ... Frank Mooney
 1988 Blue Movies
Mr. Martin
 1988 Monsters (TV Series)
Jeffrey
- Sleeping Dragon (1988) ... Jeffrey
 1988 Mathnet (TV Series)
Frank Puck
- The Case of the Willing Parrot (1988) ... Frank Puck
 1988 Robotech II: The Sentinels (Video)
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1987 Knots Landing (TV Series)
Tim Murphy
- The Trouble with Peter (1987) ... Tim Murphy
 1986-1987 Dynasty (TV Series)
Earl Thompson
- Shadow Play (1987) ... Earl Thompson
- The Arraignment (1986) ... Earl Thompson
 1987 Newhart (TV Series)
Beaver Lodge Member
- Much to Do Without Muffin (1987) ... Beaver Lodge Member
 1987 Fame (TV Series)
Duke Mackie
- The Big Contract (1987) ... Duke Mackie
 1986 Dôwa meita senshi Windaria
Old Alan (English version, voice, uncredited)
 1986 MacGyver (TV Series)
Oslow
- Ugly Duckling (1986) ... Oslow
 1986 Dallas (TV Series)
Sheriff Wyatt Mansfield
- Twenty-Four Hours (1986) ... Sheriff Wyatt Mansfield
 1984 Santa Barbara (TV Series)
Roger Wainwright #3 (1991)
 1983 Off the Wall
Mr. Whitby
 1983 Buffalo Bill (TV Series)
Dr. Murphy
- Pilot (1983) ... Dr. Murphy
 1982 The Jeffersons (TV Series)
Mac Steel
- Death Smiles on a Dry Cleaner: Part 2 (1982) ... Mac Steel
- Death Smiles on a Dry Cleaner: Part 1 (1982) ... Mac Steel
 1982 Gilligan's Planet (TV Series)
Professor Roy Hinkley, Jr. (voice)
 1982 Kill Squad
Voice (uncredited)
 1981 Bosom Buddies (TV Series)
Mr. Shaw
- Amy's Career (1981) ... Mr. Shaw
 1980 Beyond Westworld (TV Series)
Patrick
- Take-Over (1980) ... Patrick
 1980 The Great Skycopter Rescue
Professor Benson
 1978 Lou Grant (TV Series)
Karlan
- Babies (1978) ... Karlan
 1978 Wonder Woman (TV Series)
Colonel
- Disco Devil (1978) ... Colonel
 1978 The Bastard (TV Movie)
Col. James Barrett
 1978 Police Story (TV Series)
Captain Carl Fargo
- No Margin for Error (1978) ... Captain Carl Fargo
 1978 The Ghost of Flight 401 (TV Movie)
Loft
 1977 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
Mr. Calder
- Hewitt's Just Different (1977) ... Mr. Calder
 1977 MacArthur
Adm. Ernest J. King (as Russell D. Johnson)
 1977 Nowhere to Hide (TV Movie)
Charles Montague
 1977 Code R (TV Series)
Ike
- Beauty and the Beach (1977) ... Ike
 1977 McMillan & Wife (TV Series)
Carl Jensen
- Coffee, Tea, or Cyanide? (1977) ... Carl Jensen
 1977 Hitch Hike to Hell
Captain J.W. Shaw
 1976 Rich Man, Poor Man - Book II (TV Series)
- Chapter IX (1976)
- Chapter VIII (1976)
 1976 Collision Course: Truman vs. MacArthur (TV Movie)
Gen. George Stratemeyer
 1975 Mobile One (TV Series)
- Californium 252 (1975)
- The Informant (1975)
 1975 Three Days of the Condor
Intelligence Officer at Briefing (uncredited)
 1974-1975 Cannon (TV Series)
Paul Merrick / John Romano
- Lady on the Run (1975) ... Paul Merrick
- Blood Money (1974) ... John Romano
 1975 You Lie So Deep, My Love (TV Movie)
The Foreman
 1975 Adventures of the Queen (TV Movie)
Forbes
 1974 Mannix (TV Series)
Brasher
- The Green Men (1974) ... Brasher
 1974 Aloha Means Goodbye (TV Movie)
Dr. Frank Franklin
 1974 The Man from Independence
Linaver
 1974 Hawkins (TV Series)
District Attorney
- Murder on the Thirteenth Floor (1974) ... District Attorney
 1973 Beg, Borrow, or Steal (TV Movie)
Alex Langley
 1971-1973 Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law (TV Series)
Asst. D.A. Grant / Brenton Grant / Asst. D.A. Brenton Grant / ...
- A Girl Named Tham (1973) ... Asst. D.A. Grant
- An Often and Familiar Ghost (1973) ... Asst. D.A. Grant
- Five Will Get You Six (1972) ... Asst. D.A. Grant
- Words of Summer (1972) ... Asst. D.A. Brenton Grant
- The Color of Respect (1972) ... Brenton Grant
 1973 The Horror at 37,000 Feet (TV Movie)
Jim Hawley
 1957-1972 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Link Parrin / Diggs / Harry Webb / ...
- The Fugitives (1972) ... Link Parrin
- The Long Night (1969) ... Diggs
- The Bear (1959) ... Harry Webb
- Bloody Hands (1957) ... Stanger
 1972 Ironside (TV Series)
Martin Lucas
- Programmed for Panic (1972) ... Martin Lucas
 1971 O'Hara, U.S. Treasury (TV Series)
Agent Oliver Wells
- Operation: Bribery (1971) ... Agent Oliver Wells
 1971 Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series)
Dr. Leonard Colman
- I Can Hardly Tell You Apart (1971) ... Dr. Leonard Colman
 1971 Vanished (TV Movie)
Clyde Morehouse
 1971 The Young Lawyers (TV Series)
Bonelli
- The Bradbury War (1971) ... Bonelli
 1970 San Francisco International Airport (TV Series)
Tober
- Crisis (1970) ... Tober
 1968-1970 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Dr. McGregor / Jim Kellogg / Phillip Graham
- The Quest (1970) ... Dr. McGregor
- Caesar's Wife (1969) ... Jim Kellogg
- The Dynasty (1968) ... Phillip Graham
 1970 That Girl (TV Series)
Jon
- Ugh Wilderness (1970) ... Jon
- Fly by Night (1970) ... Jon
 1970 The Movie Murderer (TV Movie)
Cliff Thomas
 1958-1969 Lassie (TV Series)
John Bradley / Ranger Allen / Ranger Mark Adams / ...
- Father and Son (1969) ... John Bradley
- Operation Woodland (1963) ... Ranger Allen
- Fawn Patrol (1962) ... Ranger Mark Adams
- The Crash (1958) ... Mr. Matthews
 1969 Cry for Poor Wally
Gaines
 1961-1968 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
Matthew Reynolds / Sgt. Tate / Noble
- The Pieces of the Puzzle (1968) ... Matthew Reynolds
- Davy's Friend (1962) ... Sgt. Tate
- Dead Men's Tale (1961) ... Noble
 1968 Felony Squad (TV Series)
Tye Laughlin
- The Human Target (1968) ... Tye Laughlin
 1968 The Big Valley (TV Series)
Davey Dunigan
- The Good Thieves (1968) ... Davey Dunigan
 1967 The Invaders (TV Series)
James Bernard
- The Trial (1967) ... James Bernard
 1965 Days of Our Lives (TV Series)
Harold Rankin (1980)
 1964 Invitation to a Gunfighter
John Medford (uncredited)
 1964 A Distant Trumpet
Capt. Brinker (Judge Advocate's office)
 1964 The Outer Limits (TV Series)
Maj. Benedict
- Specimen: Unknown (1964) ... Maj. Benedict
 1964 The Greatest Show on Earth (TV Series)
Dr. Arnold Andrews
- Man in a Hole (1964) ... Dr. Arnold Andrews
 1964 Temple Houston (TV Series)
 1963 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Harry Devlin
- The Toy Jungle (1963) ... Harry Devlin
 1963 The Farmer's Daughter (TV Series)
- The Stand-In (1963)
 1963 Breaking Point (TV Series)
Eddy Mulhall
- Solo for B-Flat Clarinet (1963) ... Eddy Mulhall
 1963 Rawhide (TV Series)
Burt Harvey
- Incident at Alkali Sink (1963) ... Burt Harvey
 1961-1963 Laramie (TV Series)
Bob Talmadge / Al Denning / Bob Murkland / ...
- Badge of Glory (1963) ... Bob Talmadge
- Double Eagles (1962) ... Al Denning
- The Dynamiters (1962) ... Bob Murkland
- The Perfect Gift (1962) ... Wayne Cady
- Killer Odds (1961) ... Stanton
 1963 Empire (TV Series)
Bill Carey
- Arrow in the Sky (1963) ... Bill Carey
 1963 The Eleventh Hour (TV Series)
Ralph Anderson
- Like a Diamond in the Sky (1963) ... Ralph Anderson
 1961-1963 Hawaiian Eye (TV Series)
Warren Boyd / Bert Jackson
- Go for Baroque (1963) ... Warren Boyd
- The Kapua of Coconut Bay (1961) ... Bert Jackson
 1963 The Dakotas (TV Series)
Lieutenant Clyde Mariot
- Mutiny at Fort Mercy (1963) ... Lieutenant Clyde Mariot
 1962 G.E. True (TV Series)
John T. Metcalf
- Mile-Long Shot to Kill (1962) ... John T. Metcalf
 1957-1962 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Major Dan Marriott / Steve Marshall / Craig Manson
- The Shiloh Degnan Story (1962) ... Major Dan Marriott
- The Beauty Jamison Story (1958) ... Steve Marshall
- The Cliff Grundy Story (1957) ... Craig Manson
 1962 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Dr. Stanley Burke
- Go Not Gently Into the Night (1962) ... Dr. Stanley Burke
 1962 Wide Country (TV Series)
Arn McHugh
- Who Killed Edde Gannon? (1962) ... Arn McHugh
 1962 The Law and Mr. Jones (TV Series)
 1957-1962 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series)
Normalie Hall / William Dodd
- To Kill a Town (1962) ... Normalie Hall
- Rio Grande (1957) ... William Dodd
 1962 Route 66 (TV Series)
Bob Keel
- Go Read the River (1962) ... Bob Keel
 1961 Adventures in Paradise (TV Series)
Bowman
- Survival (1961) ... Bowman
 1961 The Jane Powell Show (TV Movie)
Jeffrey Edwards
 1961 The Detectives (TV Series)
Lee Taber
- The Queen of Craven Point (1961) ... Lee Taber
 1961 Alcoa Premiere (TV Series)
Major
- The End of a World (1961) ... Major
 1961 Ripcord (TV Series)
Stan Warner
- The Sky Diver (1961) ... Stan Warner
 1961 The Deputy (TV Series)
Albee Beckett
- Lawman's Conscience (1961) ... Albee Beckett
 1961 Michael Shayne (TV Series)
Art Thompson
- Murder at the Convention (1961) ... Art Thompson
 1960-1961 Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Pete Corrigan / Prof. Manion
- Back There (1961) ... Pete Corrigan
- Execution (1960) ... Prof. Manion
 1961 Thriller (TV Series)
Adam Talmadge
- The Hungry Glass (1961) ... Adam Talmadge
 1960 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (TV Series)
Tom Richards / Hugh Grafton
- The Desperate Challenge (1960) ... Tom Richards
- Intermission (1960) ... Hugh Grafton
 1959 Riverboat (TV Series)
Darius
- The Unwilling (1959) ... Darius
 1959 Border Patrol (TV Series)
Randall
- Learn to Fly ... Randall
 1959 Lawman (TV Series)
Wade Horgan
- The Encounter (1959) ... Wade Horgan
 1958 Rescue 8 (TV Series)
Reverend Friend
- The Bells of Fear (1958) ... Reverend Friend
 1958 Flight (TV Series)
 1958 The Californians (TV Series)
- Overland Mail (1958)
 1958 Steve Canyon (TV Series)
Major Pitch Hammer
- Project Heartbeat (1958) ... Major Pitch Hammer
 1958 Badman's Country
Sundance
 1958 The Space Children
Joe Gamble (as Russell D. Johnson)
 1958 Jefferson Drum (TV Series)
The Sundown Kid
- A Very Deadly Game (1958) ... The Sundown Kid
 1957-1958 The Silent Service (TV Series)
Beach
- Mine for Keeps (1958)
- The Tirante Plays a Hunch (1957) ... Beach
 1957 Casey Jones (TV Series)
Jeff Tyler
- The Trackwalker (1957) ... Jeff Tyler
 1956-1957 The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (TV Series)
Sgt. Stan Powers / Greene
- Rusty's Reward (1957) ... Sgt. Stan Powers
- The Tin Soldier (1956) ... Greene
 1957 Courage of Black Beauty
Ben Farraday
 1955-1957 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Dr. Willis / Lennigan / Carter
- Payment in Kind (1957) ... Dr. Willis
- The Human Jungle (1955) ... Lennigan
- Eight Iron Men (1955) ... Carter
 1957 Code 3 (TV Series)
- The Fugitive (1957)
 1957 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Turk
- Vicious Circle (1957) ... Turk
 1957 Rock All Night
Jigger
 1955-1957 Cavalcade of America (TV Series)
Dan Marshall / Karl Nader
- Dan Marshall's Brat (1957) ... Dan Marshall
- Postmark: Danger (1955) ... Karl Nader
 1957 Attack of the Crab Monsters
Hank Chapman
 1956 Circus Boy (TV Series)
Dr. Ben Osgood
- Corky and the Circus Doctor (1956) ... Dr. Ben Osgood
 1955-1956 Crossroads (TV Series)
Jack Fromer
- The Unholy Trio (1955) ... Jack Fromer
 1956 Celebrity Playhouse (TV Series)
- Incident in Rio (1956)
 1956 Medic (TV Series)
Al Monroe
- To the Great, a Most Seldom Gift (1956) ... Al Monroe
 1956 Climax! (TV Series)
Rusty
- The Lou Gehrig Story (1956) ... Rusty
 1956 God Is in the Streets (Short)
 1955 Kings Row (TV Series)
Mark
- Lady in Fear (1955) ... Mark
 1955 The Lone Ranger (TV Series)
Tom Levering
- Counterfeit Redskins (1955) ... Tom Levering
 1955 The Touch of Steel (TV Movie)
Lefty
 1955 Strange Lady in Town
Shadduck
 1955 Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki
Eddie Nelson
 1955 Many Rivers to Cross
Banks
 1954 Black Tuesday
Howard Sloane
 1954 City Detective (TV Series)
Stocker
- Why Should the Beautiful Die? (1954) ... Stocker
 1954 Rogue Cop
Patrolman Carland (uncredited)
 1954 Johnny Dark
Emory
 1954 Taza, Son of Cochise
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1954 Ride Clear of Diablo
Jed Ringer
 1953 Tumbleweed
Lam Blanden
 1953 The Stand at Apache River
Greiner
 1953 It Came from Outer Space
George
 1953 Column South
Cpl. Biddle
 1953 Law and Order
Jimmy Johnson
 1953 Seminole
Lt. Hamilton
 1953 Adventures of Superman (TV Series)
Chopper
- The Runaway Robot (1953) ... Chopper
 1952 The Turning Point
Herman (uncredited)
 1952 Back at the Front
Johnny Redondo, Smuggler
 1952 Loan Shark
Charlie Thompson
 1952 Rancho Notorious
Chuck-a-Luck Wheel Spinner (uncredited)
 1952 For Men Only
Ky Walker
 1950 Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
Sailor
- Man Without a Country (1950) ... Sailor
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TV commercial, along with Dawn Wells, for Captain D's seafood restaurant, 1991. See more »

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Alternate Names:

Russell D. Johnson

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Personal Quote:

[referring to his role on Gilligan's Island (1964)] It used to make me upset to be typecast that way. But as the years have gone on, I have given in. I am the Professor, and that's the way it is. The show has brought a lot of joy to people, and that's not a bad legacy. See more »

Trivia:

During World War II, he enlisted to become an aviation cadet and rose to the officer's rank of First Lieutenant, under the service number 765 497. Flew as bombardier in B-25 aircraft on a total of 44 combat missions over the Netherlands East Indies, and the Philippines. World War II decorations include the Bronze Star, Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, ... See more »

Nickname:

The Professor

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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