Russell Johnson, the Professor from Gilligan's Island, Dead at 89

Russell Johnson, who played Professor Roy Hinkley on Gilligan’s Island, has passed away at age 89.

The actor died of kidney failure Thursday at his home in Washington, surrounded by his wife Constance Dane and daughter Kim Johnson.

“He died at home, peaceful, in his sleep at 5:21 a.m. today,” Dane told ABC News. “[He was] a very brave guy who knew what he wanted, and he wanted to be at home.”

Modern Family Cast Poses as Old TV Favorites

Hold the laugh track!

Modern Family is already a TV classic – but members of its cast are looking to the past and paying homage to iconic shows in a new photo. In this exclusive shot, the ensemble from ABC’s Emmy-winning hit comedy takes on the personas (in full hair and makeup) of beloved characters from 60-plus years of classic sitcoms. For fuller-sized images, click through the carousel of photos above.

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Pick the Best TV Theme Song

Great TV show theme songs have a tendency to sneak up on you when you least expect it. Often times, you’ll find yourself humming one while taking a shower or walking down the street – and soon enough it’ll be stuck in your head for the entire rest of the day!

But that’s what makes a theme great. It worms its way into your brain and stays there for as long as you can remember, just like a decent Top 40 hit. Sometimes, if it’s good enough, it’ll even stick around after a show has ended.

Sherwood Schwartz, The Brady Bunch Creator, Dies

Sherwood Schwartz, who created two of the most popular sitcoms of the ’60s and ’70s, Gilligan’s Island and The Brady Bunch, died Tuesday in Los Angeles of natural causes, surrounded by his family, a family member announced. He was 94.

Not only did Schwartz send the passengers and crew of the Minnow on a three-hour tour, one that lasted from 1964 to 1967 (and forever after in reruns), but he also wrote the Gilligan’s theme song.