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Gilligan died! by intrepid on 7 September 2005 2:32pm
'Gilligan's Island' Star Bob Denver Dies

LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) Bob Denver, who created one of the most recognizable characters in television history on "Gilligan's Island," has died.
Denver, 70, died Friday (Sept. 2) at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina, where he was undergoing treatment for cancer. His wife, Dreama, and four children were with him when he died.

"Our lives will never be the same without him," the Denver family says in a statement posted on Denver's web site. "There are no words to describe how much his wisdom and gentleness will be missed."

When "Gilligan's Island" premiered in 1964, TV viewers already knew Denver from "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis," in which he played the work-averse beatnik Maynard G. Krebs. (Denver and "Dobie Gillis" star Dwayne Hickman had been classmates at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles prior to landing their parts.) It was Gilligan, however, that made him a household name for the rest of his life.
The series ran from 1964-67 on CBS and for its first two seasons was among the top 25 shows on television. It has been in pretty much continuous reruns since then and spawned two animated series, three reunion movies and last year's unscripted series "The Real Gilligan's Island" on TBS. Denver was involved in all but the TBS show, which was the brainchild of "Gilligan's" creator Sherwood Schwartz and producer Mike Fleiss ("The Bachelor").

Post-"Gilligan," Denver starred in several series, including "Dusty's Trail" and the kids' show "Far Out Space Nuts," and made guest appearances on shows ranging from "Fantasy Island" to "The Simpsons." He also owned a radio station in his home state of West Virginia.


Re: Gilligan died! by George on 7 September 2005 7:01pm
Isn't it amasing how the shows the critics bash wind up being classics? Bob Denver looked pretty sick in his last photos, which is a shame. My favorite characters on "Gilligan's Island" were Thurston Howell, III, his wife Lovey, and the redhead, or course.

But, Denver's previous show, "Dobie Gillis" was my favorite as a boy. So many great characters....
Re: Gilligan died! by tucsonmike on 8 September 2005 1:54am
Yes, I saw the paper. It is strange to see the reruns. As though he never got past a certain age.
Re: Gilligan died! by kazzzz on 8 September 2005 10:46am
I was shocked to hear he was only 70 he looked so much older!
Re: Gilligan died! by George on 8 September 2005 8:59pm
Some years ago, Alan Hale who played "the Skipper", was in a charity golf tournement here. He wore his sailor's cap and striped shirt. It was on one of our breathlessly hot July days. Some of the celebrities like Bob Hope just played the last couple of holes when the TV cameras showed up, but Hale dutifully played all 18. Given his age and his girth, he was pretty amasing, and he never lost his sense of humor.
Re: Gilligan died! by intrepid on 9 September 2005 2:39pm
Initially, I wanted the subject header to be something smart like "Here's to you, Mrs. Robinson", but no quote from the theme song or "little buddy" reference could accurately sum up my disappointment. I've been looking at some websites for more information, and it seems like the cast generally did get along, and everybody had a lot of affection for Alan Hale.
I haven't seen it for a long time, but I've got one very vivid memory from about 10 years ago, when my folks were driving me home from college and we were having breakfast at the restaurant by the hotel. We were working on our waffles or whatever and not paying any attention to the TV which was on, when some of the Gilligan's Island incidental music came on- not the theme song, the incidental music for the establishing shots- and we all just stopped dead. It says something about a show when just hearing the incidental music stops any other mental function.
On another website, somebody talked about "comfort food", and said that Gilligan's Island was a "comfort show", and for me, I think that sums it up pretty well.
Re: Gilligan died! by Pissoff on 11 September 2005 9:53am
And good luck to the old bastard! He's probably on cloud 11 right now (even more exclusive than cloud 10, the recent addition to the luxury Cloud skyscraper HEAVEN), laughing his ass off at us poor mortals, getting a foot massage, and sipping fine whiskey.
Re: Gilligan died! by Pissoff on 13 September 2005 6:45am
Good man.
Re: Gilligan died! by edmo1960 on 15 September 2005 2:41am
Good memories of Gilligans Island. Hey, how about that Maryan ? She is still hot.
Re: Gilligan died! by tucsonmike on 15 September 2005 3:22am
Maryann is still good looking, eh? I was a kid when Gilligan was on.

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