Whatever Happened to Bob Denver? He's DEAD and STILL HAVING to MAKE the BEST OF IT>>>
Already famous as Maynard G. Krebs, Bob Denver was quite lucky to get the role that would make him an American icon. Another actor, Jerry Van Dyke was offered the role but turned it down in favor of one on My Mother the Car – entertainment is like that.
Then, for almost 100 episodes and a couple of movies, his character, the beloved Gilligan, would inadvertently wreck the efforts of the other characters to get off the island. A modest success during its initial run, Mr. Denver would eventually become a household name because of the part.
In later years, he landed a number of other TV roles including stints on Love, American Style and Far Out Space Nuts as well as several guest turns on the highly popular, Fantasy Island. As his career faded, Mr. Denver returned to his hometown of Princeton, West Virginia and became a radio personality. He died on September 2, 2005.
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