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Overview (5)

Born in New Rochelle, New York, USA
Died in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA  (complications following surgery for throat cancer)
Birth NameRobert Osborne David Denver
Nickname Little buddy
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Bob Denver was attending college at Loyola-Marymount University, in Los Angeles, when he got into acting. At first, Denver wasn't sure he wanted to be an actor, but gradually gave in, deciding that's what he was going to do for a career. Before he became established, he worked as a mailman and teacher. He then got a screen test for the part of Maynard G. Krebs and to his surprise won the part. After four years on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1959), Denver got his most famous part of Gilligan, in Gilligan's Island (1964). After Gilligan's three-year run ended he did a few other television shows (including the Gilligan wannabe Dusty's Trail (1973)) and Broadway plays. On September 2, 2005, he died of complications related to cancer treatment at Wake Forest University Baptist Hospital in North Carolina. He had most recently lived in Princeton, West Virgina. He is survived by his wife Dreama Perry Denver, and four children.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ken Severson

Spouse (4)

Dreama Perry Denver (26 March 1979 - 2 September 2005) ( his death) ( 1 child)
Carole Abrahams (25 April 1972 - 1975) ( divorced) ( 1 child)
Jean Webber (16 September 1967 - 1970) ( divorced)
Maggie Ryan (22 January 1960 - 1966) ( divorced) ( 2 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Frequently wore the white sailor's hat that he used as Gilligan

Trivia (24)

Graduated from Loyola University in Los Angeles, CA (now Loyola Marymount University) in 1957.
His future co-star on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1959), Dwayne Hickman, was a classmate at Loyola-Marymount.
Used to work for the United States Postal Service as a postman, and as a high school teacher.
Suffered a broken neck in 1956, which prevented him from getting inducted in the United States Army.
Had a son, Colin, with Dreama - had 3 other children from previous marriages.
In real life he is the exact opposite of the well-known inept and goofy characters he has portrayed on television.
Father of Patrick Denver, Megan Denver, Emily Denver and Colin Denver. Grandfather of Elana Denver.
Often went out of his way to help his fellow cast members on Gilligan's Island (1964). This included trying to give Dawn Wells an equal share of publicity as Tina Louise and demanding that she and Russell Johnson be given an equal credit in the series' title sequence.
Bob Denver's date of birth on Wednesday, January 9, 1935, was just a day after Elvis Presley's date of birth, on Tuesday, January 8, 1935.
Studying at Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles where he received a degree in political science, he switched from a possible law career to acting and made his West Coast stage debut in a late 1950s production of "The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial".
Raised in Brownwood, TX, where he graduated from high school. The family eventually moved to California.
Made his film debut in a small role in A Private's Affair (1959) starring Sal Mineo just prior to finding television fame.
On Tuesday, September 6, 2005, his friend from the comedy series The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1959), actress-turned-California State Senator Sheila James Kuehl, who played boy-crazy Zelda Gilroy on the series, was granted her request that the Senate adjourn in Denver's memory.
After surviving quadruple bypass surgery in early 2005, he was diagnosed with cancer only a few months before his death on September 2. Treated at Wake Forest University Baptist Hospital, he died in Winston-Salem, NC.
The Gilligan/Skipper slapstick exchange were modeled after the comedy duo/icons of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.
Playing beatnik Maynard G. Krebs on the comedy series The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1959), his most enduring line from that series was his freaked-out exclamation "Work!?" whenever anyone mentioned the word within hearing distance.
Replaced Woody Allen as the protagonist in Allen's play "Play It Again, Sam" on Broadway in 1970.
Denver's son, Patrick Denver played Young Gilligan in one of the episodes of Gilligan's Island (1964) during a dream sequence.
On Friday, October 15, 1976, while preparing to appear in a stage production of Woody Allen's "Play It Again, Sam" at the Tidewater Dinner Theatre in Norfolk, VA, he was charged with driving under the influence of an intoxicant, refusal to submit to a breath and blood alcohol tests and driving without an operator's license.
Had played the same character (Gilligan) on seven different series: Gilligan's Island (1964), The New Adventures of Gilligan (1974), Gilligan's Planet (1982), The New Gidget (1986), ALF (1986), Baywatch (1989) and Meego (1997).
Passed away on September 2, 2005, four months shy of what would have been his 71st birthday on January 9, 2006.
Worked with exotic-animal trainer's Ralph Helfer's African lion Zamba twice from The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1959) and Gilligan's Island (1964).
Was known to be a very shy and private person.
Enjoyed going sailing in real life. For obvious reasons, however, he dreaded it when he had to rent a boat. People would say variations of the famous line from his show: "Going out for a three-hour tour, are you?".

Personal Quotes (3)

[on his character Gilligan] People thank me for giving them a break from life.
[on his late Gilligan's Island (1964) co-star, Alan Hale Jr.] He was a big, lovable man who made everybody feel good. He had a great time with his life.
[on Gilligan's Island (1964)] It's silly, yes, but children laugh and adults can if they want to. It's aimed at the vast everybody.

Salary (1)

The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1959) $250 /episode

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