Bob Denver

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Bob Denver Biography

Bob Denver was attending college at Loyola-Marymount University, in Los Angeles, when he got into acting. At first, Denver wasn't sure he wanted to be an actor, but gradually gave in, deciding that's what he was going to do for a career. Before he became established, he worked as a mailman and teacher. He then got a screen test for the part of Maynard G. Krebs and to his surprise won the part. After four years on "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" (1959), Denver got his most famous part of Gilligan, in "Gilligan's Island" (1964). After Gilligan's three-year run ended he did a few other television shows (including the Gilligan wannabe "Dusty's Trail" (1973)) and Broadway plays. He lives in West Virgina with his wife Dreama, and still does an occasional television role as well as countless fan fests dressed as Gilligan.

Bob Denver Awards

YearAwardCategoryForResult
2004 TV Land Awards "Gilligan's Island" (1964). Won

Bob Denver Trivia

  • Graduated from Loyola-Marymount University in Los Angeles.
  • 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 U.S. Postal Service as a mailman, and as a high school teacher.
  • Denver suffered a broken neck in 1956, which prevented him from getting inducted in the U.S. Army.
  • Has a son, Colin, with Dreama - has 4 other children from previous marriages.
  • In real life, Bob Denver 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.
  • Father of Patrick Denver
  • In contrast to more egotistical TV stars -- especially William Shatner on "Star Trek" (1966) -- Denver often went out of his way to help his fellow castmembers 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 show's title sequence.
  • He was born just one day after Elvis Presley.
  • May 2005 - recuperating in his West Virginia home after quadruple heart bypass surgery.


Bob Denver Photos

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    Warner Home Video's Gilligan's Island DVD Launch Event

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    Warner Home Video's Gilligan's Island DVD Launch Event

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    2nd Annual TV Land Awards

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    Warner Home Video's Gilligan's Island DVD Launch Event

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    Warner Home Video's Gilligan's Island DVD Launch Event

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    Warner Home Video's Gilligan's Island DVD Launch Event

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