'Gilligan's Island' Professor Dies

By NBCNews.com

Published 01/16 2014 03:19PM

Updated 01/16 2014 03:21PM

Actor Russell Johnson, who played The Professor on the hit 1960s sitcom "Gilligan's Island," died Thursday at age 89 of natural causes, his agent confirmed to TODAY.

"He just died peacefully in his sleep," Michael Eisenstadt, his longtime agent, said. Johnson died at his home on Bainbridge Island, Wash.

"He was a great guy, a gentleman," Eisenstadt said. "He was always appreciative of the work I’ve done for him. He was a great family man."

Read more: http://www.today.com/entertainment/russell-johnson-professor-gilligans-island-dies-89-2D11943108

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