Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Gilligan has Left the Island

'Gilligan's Island' star Bob Denver dead: "'Gilligan's Island' star Bob Denver dead"

LOS ANGELES — Bob Denver -- whose portrayal of goofy first mate Gilligan on the 1960's television show "Gilligan's Island'' made him an iconic figure to generations of TV viewers -- has died, his agent confirmed Tuesday. Denver 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.

I was a fan of Denver as Maynard G. Krebs in the Dobie Gillis TV series, but I have to admit I wasn't a fan of Gilligan's Island. Possibly because my kids watched it in reruns for years, and every episode must have played a thousand times in my living room. OK, I'll have to admit that I watched some of them. Maybe all of them. I'm sorry Maynard/Gilligan is gone. My kids will feel as if part of their childhood has disappeared.


Anonymous said...

Maynard G. Krebs was my idol while growing up.

Jeff Meyerson said...

All I can say is, "Werk!"

Maynard helped set the tone for the baby boom generation, even though he was a beatnik (of sorts).

I'm sure anonymous could tell you that the "G." in Maynard's name stands for Walter.