70 (passed away Sep. 2nd, 2005)
Jan. 9th, 1935
New Rochelle, New York, USA
Bob Denver's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
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Bob Denver was attending college at Loyola-Marymount University, in Los Angeles, when he got into acting. At first, Denver wasn't sure he wanted to be an actor, but gradually gave in, deciding that's what he was going to do for a career. Before he became established, he worked as a mailman and teacher. He then got a screen test for the part of Maynard G. Krebs and to his surprise won the part. After four years on "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" (1959), Denver got his most famous part of Gilligan, in "Gilligan's Island" (1964). After Gilligan's three-year run ended he did a few other television shows (including the Gilligan wannabe "Dusty's Trail" (1973)) and Broadway plays. On September 2, 2005, he died of complications related to cancer treatment at Wake Forest University Baptist Hospital in North Carolina. He had most recently lived in Princeton, West Virgina. He is survived by his wife Dreama, and four children.
- Denver often went out of his way to help his fellow cast members on _"Gilligan's Island" (1964)_ (qv). This is included trying to give 'Dawn Wells (I)' (qv) an equal share of publicity as 'Tina Louise' (qv) and demanding that she and 'Russell Johnson (I)' (qv) be given an equal credit in the show's title sequence.
- Raised in Brownwood, Texas where he graduated from high school. The family eventually moved to California.
- On Oct. 15, 1976, while preparing to appear in a stage production of 'Woody Allen' (qv)'s "Play It Again, Sam" at the Tidewater Dinner Theatre in Norfolk, VA, was charged with driving under the influence of an intoxicant, refusal to submit to a breath and blood alcohol tests, and driving without an operator's license.
- Graduated from Loyola University in Los Angeles (now Loyola Marymount University) in 1957.
- The first name of his Gilligan character, which was almost never mentioned on the show, was Willy.
- Denver's son, 'Patrick Denver (II)' (qv) played Young Gilligan in one of the episodes of _"Gilligan's Island" (1964)_ (qv) during a dream sequence.
- Studying at Loyola Marymount in L.A. where he received a degree in political science, he switched from a possible law career to acting and made his West Coast stage debut in a late 50s production of "The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial."
- Discovered acting while studying law at Loyola University in Los Angeles in the 1950s.