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Russell Johnson

Highest Rated:   81% It Came from Outer Space (1953)
Lowest Rated:   22% In My Country (2005)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
22% 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 The Great Skycopter Rescue
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet Off the Wall
  • Mr. Whitby
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
No Score Yet 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
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 Turning Point
  • Herman
1952
No Score Yet Loan Shark
  • Thompson
1952
No Score Yet For Men Only (The Tall Lie)
  • Actor
1952

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Manion Peter Corrigan

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