BOB DENVER BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
Bob Denver was born on January 9th, 1935 in New Rochelle, New York with the birth name Robert O. Denver. After completing High School in Brownwood, Texas, his family moved to California where he attended college in Los Angeles at Loyola-Marymount University earning a degree in political science. Then he decided instead of pursuing a career in law he became involved with acting.
After he went to study at the Sylvia Herpolscheimer Academy for Performing Arts he found work as a mailman and also as a teacher teaching physical education and mathematics at Corpus Christi School, a Roman Catholic elementary school in Pacific Palisades, California.
Soon he was offered a screen test to portray the character, Maynard G. Krebs and was offered the part in "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" which also starred Dwayne Hickman, Frank Faylen, Sheila James Kuehl, William Schallert, Warren Beatty, Darryl Hickman and Tuesday Weld. He made his West Coast Stage debut in the late 1950's in a production of, "The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial". Bob made his film debut in 1959 in the movie, "A Private's Affair" before getting involved as a television actor.
Bob appeared in several tv sitcom shows such as "The Danny Thomas Show" which had the original title of "Make Room for Daddy", The Andy Griffith Show" and "I Dream of Jeannie".
His career soon progressed when he got his most well known role on the television show as, Willy in "Gilligan's Island" (1964) starring alongside Alan Hale Jr., Russell Johnson, Jim Backus, Tina Louise, Dawn Wells and Natalie Schafer which aired for three years. He also was cast in, "Dusty's Trail" (1973) co-starring Forrest Tucker, "The Good Guys" (1968-1970), "Love, American Style" (1973) and on a children's program called, "Far Out Space Nuts" (1975).
In 1978 a full length movie debuted "Rescue From Gilligan's Island" to pick up where the television show left off.
After loaning his voice to the animated, "The New Adventures of Gilligan" series a decade after the show was cancelled he made a couple more television and stage appearances before moving to Princeton, West Virginia. He and his wife ran a radio station and would make occasional public appearances such as on, "ALF", "Baywatch" and a film called, "Back to the Beach" (1987).
Denver married four times throughout his lifetime. His first marriage was to Maggie Ryan on January 22nd, 1960 and after having two children they divorced in 1966. His second marriage was to Jean Webber from 1967 through 1970. He then married Carole Abrahams in 1972 and after having one child this marriage too ended in divorce in 1975. His fourth and final time to marry was to Dreama Perry Denver on March 26th, 1979 and they had one child together and remained married until he passed away from complications with cancer on September 2nd, 2005 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He is survived by his wife and a total of four children, Patrick, Megan, Emily and Colin.
1988 Bring Me the Head of Dobie Gillis
1987 The New Gidget
1987 Back to the Beach
1983 High School U.S.A.
1980-1983 Fantasy Island
1983 The Invisible Woman
1982 Gilligan's Planet
1982 S camps
1979-1982 The Love Boat
1982 Twilight Theater
1981 The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island
1979 The Castaways on Gilligan's Island
1978 Rescue from Gilligan's Island
1977 Whatever Happened to Dobie Gillis?
1975-1977 Far Out Space Nuts
1974 The New Adventures of Gilligan
1973-1974 Dusty's Trail
1970-1973 Love, American Style
1968-1970 The Good Guys
1968 Did You Hear the One About the Traveling Saleslady?
1968 The Sweet Ride
1967 I Dream of Jeannie
1967 Who's Minding the Mint?
1964-1967 Gilligan's Island
1964 For Those Who Think Young
1964 The Danny Thomas Show
1964 The Andy Griffith Show
1964 Gilligan's Island: Marooned
1963 Take Her, She's Mine
1963 The Farmer's Daughter
1963 Dr. Kildare
1959-1963 The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
1959 A Private's Affair