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Russell Johnson

Actor

Russell David Johnson was a television and film actor, best known for his role as "The Professor" on the CBS television sitcom Gilligan's Island. He was also known as Marshal Gib Scott on Black Saddle.

Johnson became a close friend of Audie Murphy and later appeared with him in three of his films, Column South and Tumbleweed in 1953 and Ride Clear of Diablo in 1954. Johnson's Hollywood career began in 1952, with the college fraternity hazing exposé For Men Only, and with Loan Shark, also released in 1952 and starring George Raft.

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Russell David Johnson was a television and film actor, best known for his role as "The Professor" on the CBS television sitcom Gilligan's Island. He was also known as Marshal Gib Scott on Black Saddle.

Johnson became a close friend of Audie Murphy and later appeared with him in three of his films, Column South and Tumbleweed in 1953 and Ride Clear of Diablo in 1954. Johnson's Hollywood career began in 1952, with the college fraternity hazing exposé For Men Only, and with Loan Shark, also released in 1952 and starring George Raft.

His early roles were primarily in Westerns such as Rancho Notorious (1952, starring Marlene Dietrich), Seminole (1953), Law and Order (1953), and Badman's Country (1958), and science fiction films such as It Came from Outer Space (1953), This Island Earth (1955), Attack of the Crab Monsters (1956), and The Space Children (1958). He also appeared in a Ma and Pa Kettle vehicle, Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki (1955), as well as in Roger Corman's rock-'n'-roll crime drama Rock All Night (1957) [Wagon Train], [The Beauty Jamison Story], [Steve Marshall], Rancher) (1958). In 1955, he had a role in Many Rivers to Cross along with Alan Hale Jr., the Skipper from Gilligan's Island.

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