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Bob Denver

Biography

Actor who have starred on the tv screen series THE COUNTLESS Loves of Dobie Gillis and played the section of Gilligan in Gilligan’s Isle. He briefly proved helpful as a trainer and mathematic instructor for an primary college. After retiring, he and his wife began a syndicated radio present Weekend with Denver and Denver. He wedded 4th wife, Dreama Peery in 1979 and it has 4 total kids with three of his four wives. He resided on an isle in a tv series, like Tom Selleck resided on the isle of Hawaii.

Quick Facts


Full Name Bob Denver
Date Of Birth January 9, 1935
Died September 2, 2005, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
Place Of Birth New Rochelle, NY
Height 1.73 m
Profession TV Actor
Education Loyola Marymount University, Jordan High School
Nationality American
Spouse Dreama Perry Denver, Carole Abrahams, Jean Webber, Maggie Ryan
Children Patrick Denver, Megan Denver, Colin Denver, Emily Denver
Awards TV Land Pop Culture Award
Movies Rescue from Gilligan's Island, The Castaways on Gilligan's Island, For Those Who Think Young, Back to the Beach, The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island, Who's Minding the Mint?, Surviving Gilligan's Island, A Private's Affair, The Sweet Ride, High School U.S.A., Did You Hear the One About the Traveling Saleslady?, Take Her, She's Mine, The Invisible Woman, Miss Cast Away, Twilight Theater, Bring Me the Head of Dobie Gillis
TV Shows Gilligan's Planet, Far Out Space Nuts, The New Adventures of Gilligan, Dusty's Trail, The Good Guys, Gilligan's Island, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
Star Sign Capricorn

  • Facts
  • Filmography
  • Awards
  • Salaries
  • Quotes
  • Trademarks
  • Pictures

#Fact
1Bob Denver enjoyed going sailing in real life. But for obvious reasons he dreaded it when he had to rent a boat. People would often say the same jokes to him every time he did. Like oh three hour tour huh?.
2He was known to be a very shy and private person.
3Worked with Exotic animal trainer's Ralph Helfer's African Lion Zamba twice from The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1959) and Gilligan's Island (1964).
4Bob Devner passed away on September 2, 2005, four months away from what would have been his 71st birthday on January 9, 2006.
5Had 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).
6Guest-starred on the final episode of the situation comedy Make Room for Daddy (1953).
7Denver, Colorado, was named in honor of his great-great grandfather James William Denver (1817-1892), who was the territorial governor of Kansas.
8On 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, Virginia, 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.
9Denver's son, Patrick Denver played Young Gilligan in one of the episodes of Gilligan's Island (1964) during a dream sequence.
10Discovered acting while studying law at Loyola University in Los Angeles, California in the 1950s.
11Replaced Woody Allen as the protagonist in Allen's play "Play It Again, Sam" on Broadway in 1970.
12Playing beatnik Maynard G. Krebs on the comedy series The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1959), Denver's most enduring line from that series was his freaked-out exclamation "Work!?" whenever anyone mentioned the word within hearing distance.
13The Gilligan/Skipper slapstick exchange were modeled after the comedy duo/icons of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.
14After 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, North Carolina.
15The first name of his character Gilligan, which was never mentioned on the series, was Willy. It was mentioned in the original pilot, but because three of the parts were recast, it was never shown until the 90s.
16On Tuesday, September 6, 2005, Bob's friend from the comedy series The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1959), former 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.
17Made his film debut in a small role in A Private's Affair (1959) starring Sal Mineo just prior to finding television fame.
18Raised in Brownwood, Texas where he graduated from high school. The family eventually moved to California.
19Studying 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".
20Bob 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.
21Denver often went out of his way to help his fellow cast members on Gilligan's Island (1964). This is 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.
22Father of Patrick Denver, Megan Denver, Emily Denver and Colin Denver. Grandfather of Elana Denver.
23In real life, he is diametrically opposite of the well-known inept and goofy characters he has portrayed on television. He is an enormously talented, introverted, and well-read man who loves children, especially his own.
24Had a son, Colin, with Dreama - had 3 other children from previous marriages.
25Denver suffered a broken neck in 1956, which prevented him from getting inducted in the United States Army.
26Used to work for the United States Postal Service as a postman, and as a high school teacher.
27His future co-star on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1959), Dwayne Hickman, was a classmate at Loyola-Marymount.
28Attended and graduated from Loyola University in Los Angeles, California (now Loyola Marymount University) in 1957.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Meego1997TV SeriesGilligan
Roseanne1995TV SeriesJackie
Gilligan's Island1964-1992TV SeriesGilligan
Baywatch1992TV SeriesGilligan
Bring Me the Head of Dobie Gillis1988TV MovieMaynard G. Krebs
ALF1987TV SeriesGilligan
The New Gidget1987TV SeriesGilligan
Back to the Beach1987Bartender
High School U.S.A.1983TV MovieMilton Feld
Fantasy Island1980-1983TV SeriesTim Kearns / Don Winters / Francis Elkins / ...
The Invisible Woman1983TV MovieDr. Dudley Plunkett
Gilligan's Planet1982TV SeriesGilligan
Scamps1982TV MovieOliver Hopkins
The Love Boat1979-1982TV SeriesJason Markham / Norman Lomax
Twilight Theater1982TV MovieVarious Characters
The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island1981TV MovieGilligan
The Castaways on Gilligan's Island1979TV MovieGilligan
Rescue from Gilligan's Island1978TV MovieGilligan
Whatever Happened to Dobie Gillis?1977TV ShortMaynard G. Krebs
Far Out Space Nuts1975TV SeriesJunior
The New Adventures of Gilligan1974-1975TV SeriesGilligan
Dusty's Trail1973-1974TV SeriesDusty
Love, American Style1970-1973TV SeriesSam Cosgrove (segment "Love and the Eat's Cafe") / (segment "Love and the Baby Derby") / Jeffrey (segment "Love and the Cake") / ...
The Good Guys1968-1970TV SeriesRufus Butterworth
Did You Hear the One About the Traveling Saleslady?1968Bertram Webb
The Sweet Ride1968Choo-Choo Burns
I Dream of Jeannie1967TV SeriesHarold
Who's Minding the Mint?1967Willie Owens
For Those Who Think Young1964Kelp
Make Room for Daddy1964TV SeriesHerbie
The Andy Griffith Show1964TV SeriesDud Wash
Take Her, She's Mine1963Alex (as Robert Denver)
The Farmer's Daughter1963TV SeriesLieutenant Tenner
Dr. Kildare1963TV SeriesDr. Paul Garrett
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis1959-1963TV SeriesMaynard G. Krebs / General Ramon aka El Tigre
A Private's Affair1959MacIntosh
The Silent Service1957TV SeriesMurph

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
For Those Who Think Young1964performer: "Ho Daddy"
The Andy Griffith Show1964TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis1959-1963TV Series performer - 30 episodes

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Steve Allen Playhouse1963TV SeriesHimself
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHimself
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall1960TV SeriesHimself
All Access Pass: The TV Land Awards2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 2nd Annual TV Land Awards2004TV SpecialHimself
ET in TV Land2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Inside TV Land: 40 Greatest Theme Songs2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
TV Land Presents Blast from the Past2001Video Game documentaryHimself
Surviving Gilligan's Island: The Incredibly True Story of the Longest Three Hour Tour in History2001TV MovieHimself
Entertainment Tonight Presents: Gilligan's Island - The Untold Tales2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
TV Guide's Truth Behind the Sitcom Scandals 22000TV Movie documentaryHimself
Gilligan's Island: Underneath the Grass Skirt1999TV Movie documentaryHimself / Gilligan
E! True Hollywood Story1999TV Series documentaryHimself
The Simpsons1998TV SeriesHimself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1997TV SeriesHimself
Space Ghost Coast to Coast1994TV SeriesHimself
Herman's Head1994TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1993TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Good Morning America1993TV SeriesHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1993TV SeriesHimself
Evening Shade1993TV SeriesHimself
Vicki!1992TV SeriesHimself
The Howard Stern Show1992TV SeriesHimself
The Joan Rivers Show1991TV SeriesHimself
Offshore Television1988TV SeriesHimself
The New Hollywood Squares1988TV SeriesHimself
The Late Show1988TV SeriesHimself
TV's Greatest Bits1987TV MovieHimself
The 37th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1985TV SpecialHimself
Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour1984TV SeriesHimself
All-Star Salute to Mother's Day1981TV SpecialHimself
Good Old Days Part II1978TV SpecialHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1978TV SeriesHimself - Actor
Captain Kangaroo1977TV SeriesHimself
The Merv Griffin Show1976TV SeriesHimself
Dinah!1975TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Sweepstakes1975TV SeriesHimself
The Bob Goulet Show1970TV MovieHimself - Singer
The Leslie Uggams Show1969TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Squares1966-1967TV SeriesHimself
Password All-Stars1966TV SeriesHimself
P.D.Q.1966TV SeriesHimself
Fractured Flickers1963TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Falling Skies2014TV SeriesGilligan
The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentaryGilligan
Sunset Strip2012DocumentaryHimself
12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2006TV SpecialHimself - In Memoriam
Access Hollywood2005TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2005TV SeriesHimself
Before the Three-Hour Tour2004Video documentary shortGilligan
The Wackiest Wagon Train in the West1976Dusty

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2004Pop Culture AwardTV Land AwardsGilligan's Island (1964)· Dawn Wells
· Tina Louise
· Sherwood Schwartz
· Lloyd J. Schwartz
· Russell Johnson

TitleSalary
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1959)$250 /episode

#Quote
1[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.
2[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.
3[on his character Gilligan] People thank me for giving them a break from life.

#Trademark
1Frequently wore the white sailor's hat that he used as Gilligan

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