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Gilligan's Island - The home of the crew and passengers of the S.S. Minnow, a charter boat shipwrecked during a violent tropic storm. on the maritime situation comedy GILLIGAN'S ISLAND/CBS/1964-67.

Gilligan's Island

 Gilligan's Island was located approximately 300 miles southeast of the Hawaiian Islands, (110 degrees longitude/10 degrees latitude per the Professor's calculations).

The castaways on the island included:

  • Alan Hale, Jr. as Jonas "The Skipper" Grumby
  • Bob Denver as Gilligan, his bumbling First Mate
  • Jim Backus as millionaire Thurston Howell the III
  • Natalie Schafer as his wife, Lovey
  • Tina Louise as Ginger Grant, a sexy, full-figured movie star
  • Dawn Wells as Mary Ann Summers, a homespun sweetheart from Horners Corners, Kansas
  • Russell Johnson as Roy "The Professor" Hinkley a high school teacher who used his knowledge of science to make the castaway's life easier while they attempted to find a way off the island (once inhabited by a tribe of headhunters called the Kupaki).

GILLIGAN'S ISLAND was shot on CBS's Studio City lot in the Valley, four or five miles away from what is actually Hollywood. The back-lot island lagoon (four feet deep with a working waterfall) has since been dismantled. Everything else was filmed indoors on Soundstage 2 with one camera and no audience. The pilot for the series was filmed on the island of Kauai in Hawaii at Moloaa Bay. Actual outdoor scenes were a combination of Hawaiian Island shots and footage taken at Zuma Beach near Malibu in southern California. The island seen in the show's establishing shots is Coconut Island, one of Hawaii's tiniest, located in Kaneohe Bay on the northeast shore of Oahu.


Cast of 'Gilligan's Island'

This twenty-five acre tropic island in reality was the site of an eloquent estate, cabins, a beach cabana, a swimming lagoon, and a boathouse that have hosted such dignitaries as Presidents Harry Truman, and Lyndon Johnson. In 1985, the island was put on sale with an asking price of 8.75 million dollars.

The island was also featured in the sequel made-for-television movies Rescue from Gilligan's Island (1978); The Castaways on Gilligan's Island (1979); The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island (1981); and the animated cartoon THE NEW ADVENTURES OF GILLIGAN'S ISLAND/ABC/1974-77.

TRIVIA NOTE: The name 'Gilligan' was plucked right out of the Los Angeles white pages by the show's producer Sherwood Schwartz because "it's a happy name that was also funny." Bob Denver (a.k.a. Gilligan) and Sherwood Schwartz (the show's executive producer) once discussed that that if the Gilligan character ever disclosed his first name it would be "Willie." Officially, it never happened. The name was never used on the actual series.

In 1992, a 1200-member Gilligan's Island fan club petitioned the governor of Hawaii to rename the island of Maui, "Gilligan's Island." In 1997, The Illinois Lottery offered cash prizes (up to $10,000) for "Gilligan's Island" instant tickets, a scratch-and-win game based on the hot '60s series. Illinois lottery spokesman Jeffrey Schweig said the tie-in was a natural. "When you think of Thurston and Lovey Howell, you think of money, money, money."

See also - COOKS & COOKBOOKS:  "Mary Ann's Gilligan's Island Cookbook" and BOATS: "Minnow, S.S."


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