Bob Denver: Best Known For Dobie Gillis And Gilligan’s Island

Bob Denver shown with the cast of Gilligan's Island.

Bob Denver was born January 9, 1935 in New Rochelle, New York one day after Elvis Presley was born and died September 2, 2005 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina at the age of 70.

Denver was best known for his role as Gilligan on Gilligan’s Island which ran from 1964-1967 on the CBS television network. At one time the opening credits mentioned the professor and Mary Ann as the rest, but Denver had it changed to where they were mentioned as the professor and Mary Ann.

With the passing of Denver only Russell Johnson (the Professor), Tina Louis (Ginger) and Dawn Wells (Mary Ann) are still alive of the cast members.

Portrayed Maynard G. Krebs On Dobie Gillis

Bob Denver as Maynard G. Krebs on Dobie Gillis.

Bob Denver first appeared on television in Dobie Gillis which to me was one of the funnier shows on television at the time. The show aired on the CBS network from 1959-1963.

Denver played the part of Maynard G. Krebs, the beatnik bongo playing friend of Dobie Gillis who shrieked in horror when the word work was mentioned.

There more episodes filmed of Dobie Gillis (142) than there were of Gilligan’s Island (99) but he will be best remembered as Gilligan to most television fans.

However, for me Denver will be best remembered for his work on Dobie Gillis. It is ironic that both Denver and Dwayne Hickman who was Dobie Gillis, attended Loyola Marymount College.

The MeTV network is showing Dobie Gillis and if you have MeTV in your area, it would be worth watching Denver again as Maynard G. Krebs, the beatnik who does not like the word work mentioned.

MeTV may be the best network for watching favorite television shows of the past:


Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

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