"Gilligan’s Island" was a television show that aired from 1964 until 1967. Besides the regular “seven stranded castaways," the show often featured celebrity guests that somehow managed to land on the island and get off again, always leaving the castaways behind. See how well you know the visitors to the island by taking our quiz!
The long-haired group of beatniks that came to the island were called The Mosquitoes. They came to the island to escape their fans, so in order to get them to leave and rescue them, the castaways acted like fans.
Erika Tiffany Smith was portrayed by none other than Zsa Zsa Gabor. She played a wealthy socialite who wanted to create a resort on the island, after seeing how peaceful it was.
The movie producer was Harold Hecuba. He got involved in a production of "Hamlet" while on the island, then managed to get off the island, leaving the castaways behind. He stole the castaways' musical concept and took his new creation to Broadway, which the castaways got to hear about on the radio.
Eva Grub came to the island to hide from the world, but the castaways gave her a new-found confidence, which she promptly departed with, leaving them behind. Since the new-and-improved Eva Grub looked just like Ginger, Eva felt ready to take over her acting career.
Wrongway Feldman was the WWI pilot that came to the island to escape the noise of the city. To entice him to leave, the castaways made lots of noise, so he left, yet again leaving them behind.
A penguin? Really? No, it was the gorilla. He liked the smell of her perfume, so he kidnapped her. It took the rest of the episode for them to save her from the gorilla.
A Japanese sailor, unaware that WWII had ended, took the castaways captive. Luckily, Gilligan managed to save them all. The Japanese sailor, of course, managed to escape in a miniature submarine. This character was played by Vito Scotti, who also portrayed a scientist in other episodes.
A Latin American dictator, played by Nehemiah Persoff, was exiled on the island. He too eventually made his way back home, leaving the castaways behind.
Don Rickles played a con man, Norbert Wiley, who kidnapped several castaways for ransom. He too leaves them all behind, taking some jewelry and other valuables with him.
Lord Beasley Waterford was on the hunt for the ever-elusive pussycat swallowtail, a butterfly. He promised the castaways rescue if they would help him catch one. Sadly, they grew impatient and thwarted his efforts. The castaways tried to intoxicate Beasley with some potent tea, but the plan backfired and the castaways fell asleep. Of course, during their slumber Beasley found his butterfly and left the island.
Dr. Balinkoff was a mad scientist that somehow had a giant castle on a nearby island. He took the castaways there and switched their personalities - Mr. Howell was swapped with Gilligan and Mrs. Howell was swapped with the Skipper, for starters.
A very young Kurt Russell made an appearance as a jungle boy on the island. I forget how the episode ended - something about a balloon - but he got off the island too, as usual.
Kincaid came to check out the game prospects on the island, but upon discovering seven stranded castaways he decided to hunt the most dangerous game - Gilligan. Gilligan managed to evade the hunter, thus earning their rescue, but the hunter left without them, fearing they would tell the authorities what he did.
Suntanned surfer Duke Williams came to the island via surfboard when he was caught up in a storm and rode the wave some 300-odd miles to the island. He surfed away and hit his head on a rock, which caused amnesia, so he could not send anyone to rescue the castaways.
Larry Storch played Jackson Farrell, a bank robber who came to the island to hide out until the heat from his crimes blew over. The usual hijinks ensued, with Ginger flirting and Gilligan bungling.
While Mr. Kiel may be bigger than a gorilla, he played a Russian agent that tried to scare the castaways off the island by acting like a ghost. Somehow, they still didn’t get off the island.
The castaways nearly lost their heads, literally. The visiting islanders were a headhunting tribe. Gilligan saved everyone by tricking the headhunters into drinking a concoction, made by the professor, that made them see double.
Gilligan saved an island girl from drowning, then she said she belonged to him forever. That didn’t play too well with a massive islander warrior who wanted to fight Gilligan to the death for her, as was the islander’s custom.
In "Nyet, Nyet, Not Yet," a capsule splashed down in the lagoon and two Russian cosmonauts were in it. They promised to rescue the castaways, but - surprise, surprise - the cosmonauts left them behind.
A Russian spy disguised himself as Gilligan, intending to take his place on the island. He found and ate the pie and Gilligan saw him do it, amazed to be seeing himself standing in front of him.
There were actually three doppelgangers on the island at various times. One was Gilligan’s Russian spy, another one was Ginger’s, named Eva Grub, and then Mr. Howell had one that tried to take his place on Wall Street and steal his fortune.
A witch doctor was taking the items to enchant voodoo dolls he made of the castaways. The castaways turned the tables on him and sent him running into the lagoon.
Contestant George Barkley, played by Strother Martin, was cheating to win the "Take a Dare" prize, so he wouldn’t let the castaways use his radio to call for help. He was taking food and supplies from the castaways to make life simple, relaxing in a hammock in the shade and eating Mary Ann’s pie.
Gilligan dressed as a woman to save Ginger and Mary Ann from having to be sacrificed or marry the native king. The king was enamored with Gilligan, until things went awry. Finally the natives left, once again leaving the castaways stranded.
Mel Blanc, who famously voiced Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, made a guest appearance on the show, voicing a parrot that talked like gangsters.
Mike Mazurki played Igor, the mad scientist’s evil henchman in the castle. Mazurki is known for his appearances in "Some Like It Hot" and "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World."
In the episode where Gilligan dressed as a woman, the native king was played by Stanley Adams, a popular guest start of the day. He is remembered for his portrayal of Rusty Trawler in "Breakfast at Tiffany’s."
Played by Harold Sakata, Ramoo was the trusty sidekick of the big game hunter that held the others captive with a spear while Gilligan was being hunted. Sakata is famous for playing Odd Job in the Bond film, "Goldfinger."
Bob d’Arcy did the voice of the robot in that episode, and he wore the bulky, cumbersome costume. What? Did you think it was a real robot?
It was actually Bob Denver’s young son, Patrick, that portrayed Gilligan in this episode. He wore clothes like Gilligan, with the hat pulled down, and ran around the Skipper's legs to make him look like a giant. This was Patrick's only professional acting appearance.
It was Charles Maxwell and Vernon Scott. The radio was a Packard Bell AR-851, kept in working order by the Professor.
Recognize the last name? Yep, that was actor Jim Backus’s real life wife playing the native girl’s mom in that episode. Henny Backus started as a Broadway showgirl in the 1930s.
Les brown Jr. played Bingo in the episode with the real-life band, The Wellingtons, as guest stars. They portrayed a band, The Mosquitoes, that had come to the island to escape their fans.
The pilot had a different Ginger, but this was Kit Smythe's only episode. The part of Ginger was given to Tina Louise, because the director thought she was a better fit.
Mary Foran played the native daughter. Henny Backus portrayed the mother in "Gilligan's Mother-in Law," when they tried to marry her daughter off to Gilligan.