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Rest In Peace Lil' Buddy

Hey folks. Quint here with some sad, sad news. Bob Denver, forever known as Gilligan has died. I grew up with Gilligan's Island and will always see Denver in that floppy hat. This is a sad day here for me. My thoughts rest with Bob's friends, family and fans. Here's the the AP story on it. Thanks to Gryphon for the heads up.

LOS ANGELES -- 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 had also undergone quadruple heart bypass surgery earlier this year.

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.

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 Many Loves of Dobie Gillis," which aired from 1959 to 1963.

"Gilligan's Island" lasted on CBS from 1964 to 1967, and it was revived in later seasons with three high-rated TV movies. It was a Robinson Crusoe story about seven disparate travelers who are marooned on a deserted Pacific Island after their small boat was wrecked in a storm.

The cast: Alan Hale Jr., as Skipper Jonas Grumby; Bob Denver, as his 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.

TV critics hooted at "Gilligan's Island" as gag-ridden corn. Audiences adored its far-out comedy. Writer-creator Sherwood Schwartz insisted that the show had social meaning along with the laughs: "I knew that by assembling seven different people and forcing them to live together, the show would have great philosophical implications."

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  • Sept. 6, 2005, 4:40 p.m. CST


    by Ric Flair,Whooo!

    You ruled the sitcom world Gilligan, Whooooooooo!

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 4:41 p.m. CST

    holy shit! im first!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by jig98

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 4:42 p.m. CST

    oh, shit. im close second

    by jig98

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 4:43 p.m. CST


    by BlackJackDavey

    Gilligan will be missed...

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Finally, he's off the island...

    by Dead Megatron

    Good winds take you home, sailor...

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 4:49 p.m. CST

    sorry about that. i just couldnt resist.

    by jig98

    was never a fan of bob denver or gilligans island. i had 7 friends who looked kind of like gilligan that song was kind of catchy and im not suprised at this he was beloved but the things he did in his late 50s werent so lovable. skipper was ok too.

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Heaven just got a little klutzier

    by Ingeld

    It was all very allegorical. Let's see--the trinity-Father is the skipper, Gilligan as the son and the professor as the Holy Spirit. In seriousness, rest in peace. My sympathy and condolences to your family.

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 4:53 p.m. CST

    That's just sad...

    by quadrupletree

    What a downer to end the day on.

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 4:57 p.m. CST

    That didn't take long

    by Terry_1978

    On a side note, when they do that inevitable live action movie version, Jamie Kennedy IS Gilligan.

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 4:58 p.m. CST

    The Bongos Have Been Silenced

    by Gorrister

    I know most people remember the late, great Bob Denver for his role as Gilligan, but I think the world has largely overlooked his greater role as Maynard G Krebs in "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" which aired years prior to "Gilligans Island" and inspired the long-running Archie Comics series. I have gotten far more laughs watching Maynard playing the bongo drums, avoiding work (WORK!)and repeatedly popping up at odd times with the catch phrase "You rang?" Rest in Peace, Bob. You'll never be forgotten.

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 4:59 p.m. CST

    RIP Maynard

    by oisin5199

    At first I thought that last sentence was describing Survivor. Gilligan was definitely an icon in the Crusoe genre. Where would Survivor or Lost be without him?

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 4:59 p.m. CST

    I'm going to try to reach him with my coconut ouija board.

    by Heywood Jablowme

    By the way, Maryanne or Ginger? Or Mrs. Howell, if that's what you're into? Or the Professor, if that's what raises your tent. Oh what the hell, if you could fuck anybody/thing/animal/Harlem Globetrotter on the island, which one would it be? I've got to go with Ginger. Love the redheads. Oh, my most sincere sympathies to the friends and family of Bob Denver. He was a funny bastard.

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Rest In Peace Gilligan

    by the G-man

    Secure in the knowledge that your mantle has been taken up already:,5478,16494464%5E1702,00.html

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 5:04 p.m. CST

    G'nigh, Little Buddy.

    by Virgil Hilts

    Oh, and Mary Ann. First, last and always.

  • Gorrister, you may be right, but I think Archie came before before Dobie Gilles. I have always thought Archie was around since the early 1940s.

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Dam, just heard about this...

    by morGoth

    G'bye Maynard G. Crebs, you were the first "cool cat" I ever saw on that old round TV screen (y'know, black and white only) and every kid on the block had to have a pair of bongos. S'long Gilligan, you will be forever loved and missed.

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Yes, You're Correct Big Jim

    by Gorrister

    I got the two backwards, as I was reminded just after posting my original message. My bad.

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 5:16 p.m. CST

    by I wonder

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Goodbye Gilligan

    by I wonder


  • Sept. 6, 2005, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Bring me the head of Dobie Gillis... no, never mind, Maynard&#39

    by Roguewriter

    Damn... and I was hoping Gilligan would be looking up at Locke, Kate and Jack from the bottom of that hatch on the LOST island... =(

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Ever notice...

    by KarmicRelief

    ...that the words to Amazing Grace fit perfectly when sung to the Gilligan's Island theme? Thanks for all the laughs, Mr. Denver.

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Gilligan? Maynard G, Krebs? What about Junior, on The Far Out Sp

    by SickPuppy

    I believe that was the inspiration for Battlestar Galactica AND Space:1999

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Together with the Skipper

    by riskebiz

    Very sorry to see him go. My favorite TV show ever was Gilligan's Island. I think I'll watch some of it tonight. Thank god they released it all on DVD. Bob Denver was the best!!! Hope he gets extra coconut cream pies in Heaven for the good job he did!

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 5:43 p.m. CST

    rest in peace space nut!

    by yeah i'm a jerk!

    yeah, i grew up watching bob denver too. so i have to say that even though gilligan's island kinda wore thin with me when i was a kid, dobie gillis was great, mainly because of bob denver playing maynard. in fact it's surealistic seeing bob denver playing opposite of warren beatty in the early episodes. i also have fond memories of watching the far out space nut on cbs saturday mornings. this is sad, but the guy will live forever in reruns.

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 5:49 p.m. CST

    We'll miss you, Santa Bear.

    by stlfilmwire

    Ahhh... we'll miss ya Santa Bear.

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 5:57 p.m. CST

    One last flick of the skipper's cap....

    by Tal111


  • Sept. 6, 2005, 6 p.m. CST

    I'm assuming most of you will never give a eulogy.

    by Mister Man

    Unless it's at one of those white trash funerals where people bring teddy bears for deceased children. (WHO'S gonna play with it?) Anyway, met Bob Denver once, and he was extremely kind - no BS. That Dawn Wells-produced TV movie a few years back was actually interesting, if a bit hokey at first. Personally, the Professor was my favorite, but I don't know too many actors who could have pulled off such a dunce as Gilligan, without making you want to get a two-by-four. I remember watching "Dusty's Trail" in the 6th grade, and wondering HOW they could get away with such a blatant clone of "Gilligan' - same lead, seven stranded IDENTICAL co-stars, etc. Little did I know. Regardless, Denver was a well-liked performer within his industry, and a companion to all us cusp Babyboomers.

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Lil Buddy

    by Kentucky Colonel

    Hate to see you go. Glad you were here, though. Respect.

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 6:41 p.m. CST

    I feel kind of stupid now, seeing as how I spent the entire day

    by Heywood Jablowme

    Thanks Mister Man, thanks alot.

  • Oh-My-God--"The Far Out Space Nuts." I think about that show once every 5 years whenever I see that Skipper-Wannabe actor/comedian (did a clean joke in "The Aristocrats." Anyone remember the made-fortv movie "High School High" where Bob played a parent to Crispin Glover? It was gold, Jerry!

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 6:45 p.m. CST

    by EriamJH

    My mistake: made-for-tv movie entitled "High School USA"

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Okay the next person who says his three hour tour is up, or fina

    by WeedyMcSmokey

    Good lord, you lose the right to ever label anything 'cheesy' again. That aside I always thought Bob Denver was eminently likeable in everything he did. Thanks for the fun!

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 7:33 p.m. CST

    Gilligan finally got off that island

    by Orionsangels

    Hope he's happy now, smoking lots of weed. I love that show growing up. I have no idea why either. It fascinated me, even today if its on i'll watch it. Rest in peace lil buddy, thanks for making my childhood that much better.

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 7:34 p.m. CST

    by Smokey McSpliff

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Bye Bye Gilligan!!

    by DiernaSoul

    I am deeply saddened by the loss of Bob Denver. I never met the man but he always made me laugh. Even thru the most depressing moments in my life I can always tune into "Gilligan's Island" and even tho I may have seen the episode a dozen times it still makes me laugh. I am proud to be a member of the official Gilligan's Island Fan Club. Bob Denver's birthday is the day after mine.... I always found it cool that he's a fellow Capricorn....gave me something in common with Gilligan... *salutes a fellow cappie* :(

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 7:41 p.m. CST

    So long Little Buddy

    by Smokey McSpliff

    Gilligan's Island was one of those shows I watched again and again as a kid. Yeah the show looks cheesy new, but when I was little I took it 100% seriously and was fascinated by the characters, their little society, and all the goings on. Rest in peace, Gilligan. You'll never be forgotten by me and a lot of other people.

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Gilligan's Island Theme Song

    by Smokey McSpliff

    I know this tune is running through a lot of heads right now, so: Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip. That started from this tropic port, aboard this tiny ship. The mate was a mighty sailin' man, the skipper brave and sure. Five passengers set sail that day, for a three hour tour, a three hour tour

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 8:42 p.m. CST

    My encounter with Bob

    by P.Furious

    My celebrity encounters (I'm talking about actually meeting these guys in a non-event setting and having an actual chat) aren't too many, but they are an eclectic bunch - Mario Van Peebles, Eddie Van Halen, Richard Sanders (Les Nessman of WKRP), and yes Bob Denver. Met him on a ride up in an elevator about 12 years ago in Santa Fe. I knew it was him right off the bat as we were sanding next to him, but didn't really know what to say. My friend, Dave, and I are were having a heated discussion on weather Whatchamacallit had changed their recipe a few years back (so that would be around 20 years ago now). Dave was adamant that they hadn't - I of course was on the other side of the fence. Bob actually butted into our debate and joined sides with me. Later that night I bought a Whatchamacallit and always thought Bob probably did the same thing. He probably didn't, but who knows. I know it's a trivial enconter, but it has always stayed with me. My condolences go out to his family and friends. Thanks for sideing with me, but more so, thanks for the laughs Bob. There's nothing better than that.

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 9:09 p.m. CST

    The Hepest Cat has joined Diz

    by Redbox

    Maynard G Krebs You are missed. You were Jughead and Huck Finn all rolled up in Kerouac sauce, I hope Way Out Girl is there waiting for you. Cheers!!

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Thanks for All the Great Entertainment Bob Denver...

    by Atomica

    My childhood was riddled with repeats of Dobie Gillis and Gilligan's Isle. My thoughts and prayers go to the family of a true Icon.

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 9:50 p.m. CST

    There's lots of fun at Gilligan's Wake

    by 3 Bag Enema

    God bless you if you get that. And goodnight, funny man.

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 9:55 p.m. CST

    Do da do da do DA DA

    by Jellylover

    I loved Dobie Gillis. It was probably the first T.V. show about a "player" and all the chicks he tried to get on. Denver was great as his Shaggy like side-kick. He will be missed.

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 10:04 p.m. CST

    Lets Not Forget Dr Dudley Plunckett

    by Gorrister

    Remember that failed early 80's pilot called "The Invisible Woman"? I saw it as a kid. The only thing I really remember is that Dr Plunckett (Bob) accidentally turned a young woman (his niece,I think) invisible and she ended up running around the streets of the city totally naked because nobody could see her. I remember thinking, "Thats probably the first time Bob Denver ever got a girl out of her clothes in any show he's ever performed in."

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 10:24 p.m. CST

    TOM SERVO:Oh no, John Williams? *Before* he heard Stravinsky...!

    by Osmosis Jones

    Check out some of the early, B&W episodes of Gilligan's Island, and you'll sometimes see the credit "Music composed & conducted by Johnny Williams". Yes, the Star Wars John Williams. Oh, and Godspeed, little buddy.

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Oh yeah I remember The Invisible Woman

    by Orionsangels

    He basically played Gilligan, but as a scientist. Uncle Dudly, yeah he turns his hot niece invisible. That's the only time a woman got completely naked on prime time TV, but she was invisible. Still when you're a kid there was something hot about the way she stripped, even though you could see her. Anyway the pilot failed. It was pretty bad.

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 10:40 p.m. CST

    Aloha Willy Gilligan :(

    by mr. kincaid

    what horrible news... Bob Denver is one of the comic actors of our time. and once again he and the show will not get any respect from the mainstream media. i think it's time the emmy people gave him and the show it's due. how many other shows have been continuly running since 1964 ... not cosby, not hill st. blues, not cheers, not mash, none of them. bah! at least bob is back together with alan, jim, and natalie. let's hope they share a pinapple juice around that big picnic table in the sky :)

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 10:42 p.m. CST


    by mr. kincaid

    i left a word out.. i meant to say bob denver is one of the greatest comic actors of our time.

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 10:42 p.m. CST

    Coincidence, or...

    by RaylanGivens

    Gilligan passes away the same day LOST hits DVD. Does it all factor into Abrams and Lindelof's grand plan? And as noted, the last three castawys left still with us are the last three in the song - the movie star, the professor and Mary Ann? Does this all tie into the episode where the Skipper found the hatch, and it had the numbers that help Thurston Howell win the lottery? I'm just having fun... Rest in peace, little buddy.

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 10:58 p.m. CST

    Mr. kincaid

    by calami-shami

    Not to be a smartass but the reason cosby, hill st. blues and cheers havent been running since 64 is because they didn't exist in 64. lol. Wasn't Kurt Russell on gilligan's island as an unevolved ape boy? God what a great show.

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 11:15 p.m. CST

    Agent, come ON

    by Mister Man

    This "Teddy Bear" BS has gotten out of control. WTF IS IT WITH TEDDY BEARS???????

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 11:23 p.m. CST

    A sad day

    by Orwellianalien

    God speed to the greatest live action sidekick ever.

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 11:24 p.m. CST

    The Far-Out Space Nuts

    by fiester

    Don't forget a certain up-and-coming young director by the name of George Lucus was also a frequent visitor of the Space Nuts set long before Episode IV. R.I.P., little buddy. Have a coconut cream pie and I hope you get your choice of nice titties to lick it off.

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 11:36 p.m. CST

    Now jesus can whomp him with his hat

    by TheJoker

  • Sept. 7, 2005, 1:05 a.m. CST

    I always wanted to know what happened in the last episode?

    by Doc_Strange

    Did they get off the island or what? If they did, I never saw it happen. And somehow they were visited by the Harlem Globetrotters, the hell?

  • Sept. 7, 2005, 3:14 a.m. CST

    Beatles, Monkees, Batman, Gilligan

    by Turducken

    That is what it was all about for me as a kid. I was living in a high color pop culture world, and life was sweet, new and delicious. Gilligan not only made me laugh, I identified with him. I wanted to be John Lennon, Batman, Mike and the Professor. I knew though, that I was really Ringo, Robin, Peter and Gilligan. Most especially Gilligan. Mr. Denver, you made a young skinny boy laugh. A lot. And want to wear a folded down sailors cap while listening to "Nowhere Man." Thank you, and God Bless You. G'night little buddy.

  • Sept. 7, 2005, 7:51 a.m. CST

    Doc, check out IMDb, as everyone does

    by Mister Man

    First 70s reunion TV movie, "Rescued....," they were, um, rescued, then stranded once again. Second flick they were, um, rescued again, then opened the island as a resort. Third God-awful reunion was that Globetrooters thing, which defies proper explanation. Yes, each was a potential pilot for a new series. Yes, they were as bad as they sound. And, folks, please cut it with the coconut and l'il buddy crap - a little bit of that goes a LONG way.

  • Sept. 7, 2005, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Gilligan's Island was the Fortress of Solitude!

    by EriamJH

    Besides Johnny Williams, here's another SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE tie-in -- Richard Donner directed quite a number of episodes of Gilligan's Island. Mel Gibson spoofed this in a behind-the-scenes HBO special during the making of LETHAL WEAPON 2. ("I'm listening to his direction, but this is the man responsible for Gilligan not getting off the island!")+++++++++And no one has asked if the limo taking Bob to the cemetary will be made out of bamboo. I've been listening for word on it all day thru my radio powered by cocoanut batteries!

  • Sept. 7, 2005, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Turn her into the wind, Gilligan

    by MaguaSynfield

    Mostly I tuned in every week to gape at Mary Ann, check out Jim Backus's live action Mr. Magoo bits and wait for the scene where the Skipper prangs Ginger. And don't feel too bad for Bob, being "stuck" with the Gilligan stigma. At least he had, along with Maynard Krebs, two signature roles. Most actors go through their entire careers with out even one. And shit, man, Mary Ann was sending Bob hemp-o-grams through the post - how uber cool is that? He was hurting bad, near the end. "Let us pray for the repose of his soul..he was so tired..." Wishing you fair winds, fellow squid.

  • Sept. 7, 2005, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Never Did Trust That Skipper...

    by Graphix67

    With 2 pieces of ass like Ginger and MaryAnn just a hutt or two away, that big burly bear of a man like the Skipper insisted on bunking with timid little Gilligan... Just something VERY un-natural about that whole setup if you ask me...

  • Sept. 7, 2005, 9:55 a.m. CST


    by mr. kincaid

    i must defend my statement... what i meant was that most of those other shows don't have that certain something that allows it to be rerun constantly. i can only name about 3 or 4 shows that have it... i love lucy, honeymooners, gilligan, the brady bunch and maybe the munsters. there's just a timeless quality about them. i know those shows didn't run in 1964. ;)

  • Sept. 7, 2005, 9:59 a.m. CST

    i need to proof read before i post lol

    by mr. kincaid

    what i meant to say was that most of those other programs didn't have that certain something that allows them to be rerun constantly. sorry bout that!

  • Sept. 7, 2005, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Check 'em out

    by MaguaSynfield

    Both Russell Johnson & Dawn Welles have web sites. Johnson's has some pix from his sci-fi movies ( This Island Earth - again with the island motif, Crab People, his two Twilight Zone gigs). And of course they both have tribs to Bob. In fact, I think Dreama Denver is the web monkey for The Professors site. "Never Did Trust That Skipper"...I had some issues with that too. Two sailors & two savory young females on the island sounds like shore leave to me. Fishy, fishy.

  • Sept. 7, 2005, 11:20 a.m. CST

    How come the Howells didn't charter their own boat

    by HGHGHG

    I mean, being Rich and all.....

  • Sept. 7, 2005, 2:39 p.m. CST

    you fooled me !!

    by pumaman

    I thought Verne Troyer had kicked the bucket ! actually you could fit him in a bucket....

  • Sept. 7, 2005, 5:12 p.m. CST

    poor guy

    by trevorfactor

    rip in peace bob denver! we hardly knew thee

  • Sept. 7, 2005, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Goodbye Gilligan! Gone, but not forgotten...

    by JarJar25

    I grew up with Gilligan's Island and loved the black and white episodes the best. Early this year, I introduced the first two episodes to a 5th grade class, that was planning to sing the title song of the show for a back to school night assembly for their families. You know what, the kids loved both episodes and were laughing up a storm. They knew the song by heart, but had only heard the song. After seeing those episodes they wanted to see more. This just shows you what a great series it was, and how much enjoyment I still get from watching that show, along with Johnny Quest and Lost in Space. Bob, may your final voyage be in peace...

  • Sept. 7, 2005, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Thanks, Bob.

    by Dataset

    Wonder if Kurt Russell will be contacted for a eulogy?

  • Sept. 7, 2005, 10:04 p.m. CST

    After seeing those episodes they wanted to see more.

    by Ingeld

    Really?, They wanted to watch Gilligan's island instead of doing reading, writing and arithmetic? Imagine that. Yes, this does prove how timeless the show is. (Sorry, I couldn't help the sarcasm.) I loved the show as a kid.

  • Sept. 8, 2005, 1:53 a.m. CST

    Li'L BUDDY

    by Mister Man

    By the way. Little Buddy, subtract letters.

  • Sept. 8, 2005, 6:46 p.m. CST

    Remember that one episode of the "Simpsons"?

    by Anna Valerious

    "And when people come up to me, call me 'Lil' Buddy' and hit me on the head with their hat...THAT HURTS!" RIP.

  • Sept. 8, 2005, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Goodbye Mr. Denver

    by AndTheRest

    I had always wanted to meet him in person but never got the chance. About 10 years ago my parents met him at the Philadelphia boat show (I was away at college at the time) and said he was so warm and appreciative of his fans. Since then I have acquired a small collection of memorabilia directly from him via his website (autographed hat and shirt, some DVDs) but I still regret missing that chance to meet him in person. He made me laugh as a kid--- coming home after school there were reruns of Gilligan's Island on before all of us neighborhood kids would go out and play baseball, street hockey, or some other game (do kids even play outside anymore?). Years later he still makes me laugh on DVD. That show seemed so simple yet poignant. I wonder if TV shows would ever again have the kind of silliness that was prevalent back in the early sixties. I'm going to miss him. having never met him in person and only knowing him through his craft, his book, and the stories of others. Goodbye Mr. Denver.