Russell Johnson

Birthday: Nov 10, 1924
Birthplace: Ashley, Pennsylvania, USA
Having served as a bombardier in World War II, Russell Johnson used the GI Bill to finance his studies at the Actor's Lab. Between performing assignments, Johnson supported himself by driving a cab and working the assembly line at a ballpoint pen factory. His first movie break (indeed, his first movie) was in director Paul Henreid's For Men Only (1952), an exposé of barbaric college-fraternity initiation ceremonies; Johnson was suitably loathsome as the sadistic frat leader who is exposed as a snivelling coward in the climax. The balance of the 1950s found Johnson appearing in several fondly remembered science fiction efforts like It Came From Outer Space (1953), This Island Earth (1955), Attack of the Crab Monsters (1956) and The Space Children (1958). He carried over this relationship with the Unreal into his classic performance as an anguished time-traveller desperately attempting to prevent Lincoln's assassination in the 1961 Twilight Zone installment Back There. In 1964, Russell Johnson took his first steps into TV sitcom immortality when he assumed the role of "The Professor" (aka Roy Hinkley) in Gilligan's Island, a role that he'd continued to essay on and off for the next two decades in Gilligan cartoons and TV-movie spin-offs. Johnson worked in television through the 1980s and early '90s before retiring from acting; he died in 2014 at age 89.


Highest Rated Movies



20% The Gilligan Manifesto Actor 2018
23% In My Country Schempers 2005
No Score Yet Surviving Gilligan's Island Actor 2002
No Score Yet With a Vengeance (Undesirable) Dr. Jesse Butler 1992
No Score Yet Blue Movies Actor 1988
No Score Yet Off the Wall Mr. Whitby 1982
No Score Yet The Great Skycopter Rescue Actor 1982
No Score Yet The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island Actor 1981
No Score Yet Rescue from Gilligan's Island Professor 1978
No Score Yet Hitch Hike to Hell Captain J.W. Shaw 1978
63% MacArthur Admiral King 1977
No Score Yet Nowhere to Hide Montague 1977
37% The Greatest Story Ever Told Scribe 1965
50% A Distant Trumpet Capt. Brinker 1964
No Score Yet The Space Children Joe Gamble 1958
No Score Yet Rock All Night Jigger 1957
67% Attack of the Crab Monsters Hank Chapman 1957
No Score Yet Courage of Black Beauty Ben Farraday 1957
No Score Yet Many Rivers to Cross Banks 1955
No Score Yet Black Tuesday Howard Sloane 1955
No Score Yet Rogue Cop Patrolman Carland 1955
71% This Island Earth Steve Carlson 1955
No Score Yet Strange Lady in Town Shadduck 1955
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki Eddie Nelson 1955
No Score Yet Johnny Dark Emory 1954
No Score Yet Ride Clear of Diablo Ringer 1954
No Score Yet Tumbleweed Lam 1953
81% It Came from Outer Space George 1953
No Score Yet Law and Order Jimmy Johnson 1953
No Score Yet Seminole Lt. Hamilton 1953
No Score Yet The Stand at Apache River Greiner 1953
No Score Yet The Turning Point Herman 1952
No Score Yet Loan Shark Thompson 1952
No Score Yet For Men Only (The Tall Lie) Actor 1952


No Score Yet ALF
The Professor
  • 1988
  • 1987
No Score Yet The Jeffersons
Mac Steele
  • 1982
78% Bosom Buddies
  • 1981
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
Dr. Colman
  • 1971
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
  • 1969
90% Gilligan's Island
Professor The Professor Roy Hinkley (The Professor)
  • 1967
  • 1966
  • 1965
  • 1964
No Score Yet Rawhide
  • 1963
80% The Twilight Zone
Manion Peter Corrigan
  • 1961
  • 1960
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
  • 1957
No Score Yet The Adventures of Superman
  • 1953


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