“Gilligan’s Island” actor Denver dies at age 70

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Television Article | Reuters.com
Bob Denver, who bumbled and stumbled his way to television stardom as goofy castaway Gilligan in the 1960s comedy “Gilligan’s Island,” has died of complications from cancer, his agent said on Tuesday.
Denver, 70, also known as beatnik Maynard G. Krebs in “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis,” died on Friday at the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, his agent Mike Eisenstadt said.
“Gilligan’s Island” aired from 1964 to 1967, and became one of TV’s most enduring comedies in reruns with a tale of seven people who were lost at sea and stranded on a deserted island.
The CBS network aired 98 episodes before it canceled the show, but “Gilligan’s Island” became a huge hit in reruns during the 1970s. It still airs on TV some 40 years later.
Gilligan, the first mate on a tourist boat that ran aground and stranded wealthy Thurston Howell III (Jim Backus), his wife, Lovey (Natalile Schafer) and others playful characters, was a lovable and silly character. He always put the castaways in a jam before the Skipper (Alan Hale Jr.) would come to his rescue.

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