Basic Information About Bob Denver
|Category||Celebrities › Actors|
|Professions||Actor, Radio personality|
|Date of birth||1935-01-09|
|Place of birth||New Rochelle|
|Date of death||2005-09-02 (aged 70)|
|Nationality||United States of America|
|Curiosities and Trademarks||Frequently wore the white sailor's hat that he used as Gilligan|
|Spouse||Dreama Perry Denver - (26 March 1979 - 2 September 2005) (his death) (1 child)|
25 April - Carole Abrahams ( 1972 - 1975) (divorced) (1 child)
16 September - Jean Webber ( 1967 - 1970) (divorced)
22 January - Maggie Ryan ( 1960 - 1966) (divorced) (2 children)
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What Movie Awards did Bob Denver win?
Bob Denver awards
|Award Name||State||Movie / Series Name||Year|
|Pop Culture Award -||Winner||Gilligan's Island||2004|
Bob Denver roles
|Movie / Series||Role|
|Back to the Beach||Bartender|
|The Simpsons||Self 1 episode, 1998|
|Evening Shade||Bob Denver 1 episode, 1993|
|Space Ghost Coast to Coast||Self 1 episode, 1994|
|Herman's Head||Self 1 episode, 1994|
|Baywatch||Gilligan 1 episode, 1992|
|Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour||Self - Panelist 5 episodes, 1984|
|Love, American Style||(segment "Love and the Baby Derby") / ... 4 episodes, 1970-1973|
|The Andy Griffith Show||Dud Wash 1 episode, 1964|
|Roseanne||Jackie (uncredited) unknown episodes|
|The Love Boat||Jason Markham / ... 3 episodes, 1979-1982|
|Dr. Kildare||Dr. Paul Garrett 1 episode, 1963|
|I Dream of Jeannie||Harold 1 episode, 1967|
|ALF||Gilligan 1 episode, 1987|
|Fantasy Island||Don Winters / ... 4 episodes, 1980-1983|
|Late Night with Conan O'Brien||Self - Guest 1 episode, 1993|
Bob Denver's Movie/Shows Salary
|Movie / Series||Salary|
|The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1959)||$250 /episode|
Bob Denver's Quotes
- [on his character Gilligan] People thank me for giving them a break from life.
- [on his late Gilligan's Island (1964) co-star, Alan Hale Jr.] He was a big, lovable man who made everybody feel good. He had a great time with his life.
- [on Gilligan's Island (1964)] It's silly, yes, but children laugh and adults can if they want to. It's aimed at the vast everybody.
Bob Denver’s Life and Career
Bob Denver was an American actor born in New Rochelle, New York, but raised in Brownwood, Texas. He commonly found TV work and was first seen on ‘The Silent Service’ series in 1957, then rising to stardom with a breakthrough role as Maynard G. Krebs, the beatnik best friend of Dwayne Hickman’s Dobie Gillis, on the CBS sitcom ‘The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.’ He played this character for four seasons, which ended in 1963. From then on, he received international recognition due to his one-of-a-kind role as Gilligan, one of the lead characters, on the CBS sitcom ‘Gilligan’s Island.’ The show aired from 1964 to 1967 and continued gaining popularity over time.
Start of Television Career
Bob Denver’s acting career started in 1957, making his first appearance on TV’s ‘The Silent Service.’ His peak appeared to come two years later when he received his breakthrough role for CBS’s ‘The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis’ as Maynard G. Krebs, Dobie’s fun loving and free-spirited best friend with a preference for berets and bongos. Denver played this part for four seasons, making himself an essential character. However, upon his casting as title character Gilligan in ‘Gilligan’s Island’ in 1964, his fame exploded.
‘Gilligan’s Island’ was about a group of people who became stranded on a supposedly uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean after their boat hit a storm. Denver played Gilligan, the first-mate who is kind-hearted but silly, known for messing everything up. The show was surprisingly a hit and aired up until 1967, running for three seasons before being cancelled. Despite its relatively short run, ‘Gilligan’s Island’ gained a lasting place in popular culture, surfacing in sequels and spinoffs such as ‘The New Adventures of Gilligan’ in 1974-75 and ‘Gilligan’s Planet’ in 1982.
Further Television Career
Post-Gilligan, Denver played Rufus Butterworth on the ‘The Good Guys’ series which ran from 1968 until 197. After that role, he played Dusty’s Trail on the Western comedy series from 1973-74 and had a lead role on the short-lived children’s series entitled ‘Far Out Space Nuts’ in 1975. His television appearances afterwards include variety-show cameos, supporting roles in El Cheapo movies, and even a brief return to network TV on the ‘Fox TV’ show, ‘High School U.S.A.’ where he played a high school principal.
Bob Denver’s Film Career
Bob Denver made his feature film debut portraying an Army private in Raoul Walsh’s 1959 musical comedy ‘A Private’s Affair’ alongside Sal Mineo. He also appeared as a singer at a coffeehouse in the comedic-drama called ‘Take Her, She’s Mine,’ starring James Stewart and Sandra Dee, once again showing up in a feature film. Next up, he starred in the 1964 beach party flick called ‘For Those Who Think Young’ before another comedy-crime production entitled ‘Who’s Minding The Mint?.’
Denver later appeared in romantic drama films like The Sweet Ride (1968), Did You Hear the one About the Traveling Saleslady? (1968). As for his last film role, Denver played a bartender in the 1987 beach party spoof ‘Back to the Beach’ which re-teamed him with his ‘Beach Party’ co-stars Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon.
Personal Life and Death
Bob Denver married four times in his life, with his first wife being Maggie Ryan whom he left when he moved to Hollywood. Later on, he married Jean Webber and was then wed to Carole Abrahams. Finally, in 1979, he married his last wife Dreama Perry until he passed away. His entire career is distinguished by his role as Maynard G. Krebs on the many loves of Dobie Gillis and Gilligan on ‘Gilligan’s Island’ for which he was most esteemed.
On September 2, 2005, after a battle with cancer, Denver died at 70 years old. In addition to his wife Dreama Perry, he is survived by his children, Colin, Emily and Patrick; his private funeral services were held on September 6, 2005 in Los Angeles.
Denver secured himself an unforgettable legacy playing fun loving characters during the years he appeared in various comedies. Nevertheless, it was Denver’s embodiment of Gilligan that brought him widespread and enduring fame. Even long after his death, repeated reruns of ‘Gilligan’s Island’ are still celebrated as television classics with influences that have impacted pop culture in their time. Bob Denver will forever be remembered for his amazing contributions to the sitcom industry.
Interesting Facts about Bob Denver
- Graduated from Loyola University in Los Angeles, CA (now Loyola Marymount University) in 1957.
- His future co-star on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1959), Dwayne Hickman, was a classmate at Loyola-Marymount.
- Used to work for the United States Postal Service as a postman, and as a high school teacher.
- Suffered a broken neck in 1956, which prevented him from induction into the United States Army.
- Had a son, Colin, with Dreama - had 3 other children from previous marriages.
- In real life he is the exact opposite of the well-known inept and goofy characters he has portrayed on television.
- Father of Patrick Denver, Megan Denver, Emily Denver and Colin Denver. Grandfather of Elana Denver.
- Often went out of his way to help his fellow cast members on Gilligan's Island (1964). This included trying to give Dawn Wells an equal share of publicity as Tina Louise and demanding that she and Russell Johnson be given an equal credit in the series' title sequence.
- Bob Denver's date of birth on Wednesday, January 9, 1935, was just a day after Elvis Presley's date of birth, on Tuesday, January 8, 1935.
- Studying at Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles where he received a degree in political science, he switched from a possible law career to acting and made his West Coast stage debut in a late 1950s production of "The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial".
- Raised in Brownwood, TX, where he graduated from high school. The family eventually moved to California.
- Made his film debut in a small role in A Private's Affair (1959) starring Sal Mineo just prior to finding television fame.
- On Tuesday, September 6, 2005, his friend from the comedy series The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1959), actress-turned-California State Senator Sheila James Kuehl, who played boy-crazy Zelda Gilroy on the series, was granted her request that the Senate adjourn in Denver's memory.
- After surviving quadruple bypass surgery in early 2005, he was diagnosed with cancer only a few months before his death on September 2. Treated at Wake Forest University Baptist Hospital, he died in Winston-Salem, NC.
- The Gilligan/Skipper slapstick exchange were modeled after the comedy duo/icons of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.
- Playing beatnik Maynard G. Krebs on the comedy series The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1959), his most enduring line from that series was his freaked-out exclamation "Work!?" whenever anyone mentioned the word within hearing distance.
- Replaced Woody Allen as the protagonist in Allen's play "Play It Again, Sam" on Broadway in 1970.
- Denver's son, Patrick Denver played Young Gilligan in one of the episodes of Gilligan's Island (1964) during a dream sequence.
- On Friday, October 15, 1976, while preparing to appear in a stage production of Woody Allen's "Play It Again, Sam" at the Tidewater Dinner Theatre in Norfolk, VA, he 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.
- Had played the same character (Gilligan) on seven different series: Gilligan's Island (1964), The New Adventures of Gilligan (1974), Gilligan's Planet (1982), The New Gidget (1986), ALF (1986), Baywatch (1989) and Meego (1997).