Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Bob Denver; January 9, 1935 - September 2, 2005

From CNN International, Bob Denver of 'Gilligan's Island' dies at 70:
LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Bob Denver, whose portrayal of goofy first mate Gilligan on the 1960s television show "Gilligan's Island" made him an iconic figure to generations of TV viewers, has died, his agent confirmed Tuesday. He was 70.

Denver, who underwent quadruple heart bypass surgery earlier this year, died Friday at Wake Forest University Baptist Hospital in North Carolina, according to agent Mike Eisenstadt.

Denver's death was first reported by "Entertainment Tonight."

Denver also played the title character's beatnik pal, Maynard G. Krebs, on TV's "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis."
I loved Gilligan's Island, and I can honestly say that it was one of my favourite "classic" TV shows.

We'll miss you, Bob.

Updated: CBC Arts & Entertainment has the following obituary:

Actor Bob Denver of Gilligan's Island fame is dead.

Denver - 70 - played the goofy first mate 'Gilligan' in what became his signature role in the 1960s TV comedy show about seven travellers marooned on a deserted Pacific Island after their small boat was wrecked in a storm.

Denver underwent quadruple heart bypass surgery earlier this year.

He died Friday of complications from cancer treatment at Wake Forest University Baptist Hospital in North Carolina, according to agent Mike Eisenstadt.

Denver's wife, Dreama, and his children Patrick, Megan, Emily and Colin were with him when he died. "He was my everything and I will love him forever," Dreama Denver said in a statement.

Gilligan's Island lasted on CBS from 1964 to 1967, and it was revived in later seasons with three highly-rated TV movies.

The cast of Gilligans Island: Alan Hale Jr., as Skipper Jonas Grumby; Denver, as the klutzy assistant Gilligan; Jim Backus and Natalie Schafer, as rich snobs Thurston and Lovey Howell; Tina Louise, as bosomy movie star Ginger Grant; Russell Johnson, as egghead science professor Roy Hinkley Jr.; and Dawn Wells, as sweet-natured farm girl Mary Ann Summers.

Before Denver played Gilligan, he was known to TV audiences for another iconic character, that of Maynard G. Krebs, the bearded beatnik friend of Dwayne Hickman's Dobie in the The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, which aired from 1959 to 1963.
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