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Also Known As: Robert Denver, Robert Denver Died: September 2, 2005
Born: January 9, 1935 Cause of Death: complications from treatment for cancer
Birth Place: New Rochelle, New York, USA Profession: actor, radio host

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A gentle physical comic with a knack for appearing simple without playing "dumb," Bob Denver put his talent to excellent use in two iconic television series of the 1960s: "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" (CBS, 1959-1963) and "Gilligan's Island" (CBS, 1964-67). Denver was the epitome of the screen beatnik as Maynard G. Krebs on "Gillis," but it was his turn as the accident-prone seaman Gilligan - no first name, despite rumors to the contrary - that made him a pop culture favorite for generations of fans. It also effectively neutralized his career, reducing Denver to playing the role over and over for TV series and convention crowds. If the idea galled him, he rarely showed it, preferring instead to bask in the happiness that he brought to audiences until his death in 2005. After his passing, he remained a beloved TV clown, forever a castaway and always at home in reruns.

A gentle physical comic with a knack for appearing simple without playing "dumb," Bob Denver put his talent to excellent use in two iconic television series of the 1960s: "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" (CBS, 1959-1963) and "Gilligan's Island" (CBS, 1964-67). Denver was the epitome of the screen beatnik as Maynard G. Krebs on "Gillis," but it was his turn as the accident-prone seaman Gilligan - no first name, despite rumors to the contrary - that made him a pop culture favorite for generations of fans. It also effectively neutralized his career, reducing Denver to playing the role over and over for TV series and convention crowds. If the idea galled him, he rarely showed it, preferring instead to bask in the happiness that he brought to audiences until his death in 2005. After his passing, he remained a beloved TV clown, forever a castaway and always at home in reruns.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Bring Me the Head of Dobie Gillis (1988) Maynard G Krebs
3.
4.
 Invisible Woman, The (1983) Dr Dudley Plunkett
5.
 High School U.S.A. (1983) Milton Feld
7.
 Castaways On Gilligan's Island (1979) Gilligan
8.
 Rescue From Gilligan's Island (1978) Gilligan
10.
 The Sweet Ride (1968) Choo-Choo
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Milestones close milestones

1959:
Film debut in the role of MacIntosh (billed as Robert Denver) in "A Private's Affair"
1959:
Played Maynard G Krebs, the beatnik buddy of Dobie Gillis (Dwayne Hickman) in "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" (CBS)
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Starred as Gilligan in the CBS situation comedy "Gilligan's Island"
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Portrayed Rufus Butterworth in "The Good Guys"; perhaps in an effort to capitalize on "Gilligan" chemistry, CBS included both Alan Hale Jr and Jim Backus in the cast
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Reunited with Gilligan creator Sherwood Schwartz as the dimwitted trail scout Dusty in the short-lived syndicated sitcom "Dusty's Trail"
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Reprised Gilligan vocally in ABC animated series "The New Adventures of Gilligan"
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Played Junior in the CBS comedy adventure series for children "Far Out Space Nuts"
1977:
Appeared once again as Maynard G Krebs in the CBS pilot episode for a proposed revival series titled "Whatever Happened to Dobie Gillis?"
1978:
First of three TV-movie reunions produced by NBC, "Rescue from Gilligan's Island"
1979:
"The Castaways on Gilligan's Island" aired on NBC
1981:
NBC weighed in with final installment "The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island"
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Provided voice of Gilligan once again for the animated children's series "Gilligan's Planet"
1985:
Appeared in "The Foreigner" at Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ
1988:
Once again reprised Krebs in "Bring Me the Head of Dobie Gillis" (CBS)
1994:
Appeared in an episode of "Roseanne" that spoofed "Gilligan's Island"
1997:
With wife Dreama, hosted "Weekend with Denver and Denver", broadcast in West Virginia
1998:
Arrested for possession of marijuana in June
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Education

Loyola University: -

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Jean Carole Webber. Divorced.
wife:
Dreama Denver. Radio host. Married September 1977; born c. 1950.

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son:
Patrick Denver. Special effects technician. Born c. 1961.
daughter:
Emily Denver. Actor. Born c. 1973.

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