70 (passed away Sep. 2nd, 2005)
Jan. 9th, 1935
New Rochelle, New York, USA
Bob Denver's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
Guest TV Roles[none found]
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.
- In real life, he is diametrically opposite of the well-known inept and goofy characters he has portrayed on television. He is an enormously talented, introverted, and well-read man who loves children, especially his own.
- 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.
- The Gilligan/Skipper slapstick exchange was modeled after the comedy icons Laurel and Hardy.
- After surviving quadruple bypass surgery in early 2005, he was diagnosed with cancer only a few months before his death on September 2nd. Treated at Wake Forest University Baptist Hospital, he died in Winston-Salem, N.C.
- Raised in Brownwood, Texas where he graduated from high school. The family eventually moved to California.
- His future co-star on _"The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" (1959)_ (qv), 'Dwayne Hickman' (qv), was a classmate at Loyola-Marymount.
- Denver suffered a broken neck in 1956, which prevented him from getting inducted in the U.S. Army.
- Had a son, Colin, with Dreama - had 3 other children from previous marriages.