Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Bob Denver, RIP

Sad news from the NY Times:
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 ''The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis,'' which aired from 1959 to 1963.

I'm glad they mentioned his role as Maynard G. Krebs, which was one of my favorite characters on television; Gilligan kind of overshadowed everything that came before. "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" was a great show created by writer Max Shulman that featured a very young Warren Beatty as smarmy rich guy Milton Armitage.

Another piece of our collective childhood memory is gone...

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Dwayne Hickman and Bob Denver from "Dobie Gillis."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

So sad. Wasn't Bob also in Sid and Marty Kroft's Far-Out Space Nuts or some other show about Outer Space?

Terri R.