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'Gilligan' passes away in NC at 70

I’m old enough to remember watching the last season of Gilligan’s Island (1967), and certainly the rest of the series’ episodes as reruns when I was a kid. Looking back now, I’m kind of amazed that any adults actually watched this show. (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 died Friday at Wake Forest University Baptist Hospital in North Carolina of complications from treatment he was receiving for cancer, his agent, Mike Eisenstadt, told The Associated Press. Denver’s death was first reported by “Entertainment Tonight.”

Denver’s signature role was Gilligan. But he was already 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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