There are few faces that are more closely identified with classic television than that of the late Bob Denver. One of his characters is so recognizable that you just have to wear a white hat and a red shirt to be called “Gilligan.”
Denver starred in not one but two hit television shows. In The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, he played Maynard G. Krebs, television’s first beatnik. Opposite Dwayne Hickman’s regular-guy Dobie Gillis, Denver is the ideal comic sidekick.
After four years of that, Denver segued to the starring role in Sherwood Schwartz’s Gilligan’s Island. Working with Alan Hale Jr. and the rest of the sitcom’s cast, Denver displayed his talent for physical comedy and treating absurd situations with honesty.