Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Bob Denver, 70

Dobie Gillis reruns and Gilligan's Island new shows were a huge part of my childhood television viewing. How about you?

This in from Deatwatch Central

Actor Bob Denver Passes Away

"With a simple message on his website, the family of actor Bob Denver let the world know that he had passed away September 2, 2005, at age 70.

At the time of his death, Denver had been undergoing cancer treatments at the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina. His wife of 28 years, Dreama, and their four children, Patrick, Megan, Emily and Colin, were at his side when he went.

Born in 1935, Denver first rose to fame as Maynard G. Krebs, the zany sidekick on the 1950s tv show The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. But it was as the title character on the 1960s television show Gilligan's Island, a show that still lives on in syndicated repeats forty years later, that he is best known.

Following the cancellation of Gilligan's Island, he appeared on the 1975 children's show Far Out Space Nuts, as well as a few movies, but never achieved the same level of stardom, even with a devoted fan base.

In a statement issued by the family, Dreama states, "Bob was and always will be my everything. To be loved so completely was his greatest gift to me . . . . Ours lives will never be the same without him."

The family also requests that in lieu of flowers or gifts, a donation be made to: The Denver Foundation, Inc.; Po Box 931; Princeton, WV 24740.

No memorial information has been released yet."

The Bob Denver Website


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