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Jack Arnold   
Jack Arnold (born John Arnold Waks; October 14, 1916 – March 17, 1992) was an American actor and film and television director, best known as one of the leading filmmakers of 1950s science fiction films. His most notable films are It Came from Outer Space (1953), Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), Tarantula (1955), and The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957).
Episode(s)
Agonized Labor
Allergy Time
Angel on the Island
Beauty Is as Beauty Does
Castaways Pictures Presents
Diamonds Are an Ape's Best Friend
Erika Tiffany Smith to the Rescue
Forget Me Not
The Friendly Physician
Gilligan's Mother-in-Law
Goodbye Old Paint
Hi Fi Gilligan
It's Magic
The Little Dictator
Meet the Meteor
Music Hath Charms
Nyet, Nyet, Not Yet
Smile, You're on Mars Camera
The Sweepstakes
Three to Get Ready
They're Off and Running
V for Vitamins
Waiting for Watubi
Will the Real Mr. Howell Please Stand Up?
X Marks the Spot
You've Been Disconnected
Arnold died of arteriosclerosis in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California at the age of 75.
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"Marooned (Unaired Pilot)"
Air Date: October 16, 1992
Written By: Sherwood Schwartz, Austin Kalish (uncredited), Elroy Schwartz
Directed By: Rod Amateau 

Bob Denver as Gilligan
Alan Hale, Jr. as The Skipper
Jim Backus as Mr. Howell
Natalie Schafer as Mrs. Howell
Kit Smythe as Ginger
Nancy McCarthy as Bunny
John Gabriel as The Professor  

Trivia:  There are noted differences between this unaired pilot and the series' episodes.  This cast of this episode differed from the cast of the series with John Gabriel playing the Professor, and the girls replaced by two secretaries named Ginger and Bunny played by, respectively, Kit Smythe and Nancy McCarthy. All the regular roles, however, remain intact. Bob Denver as Gilligan, Alan Hale, Jr. as the Skipper, Jim Backus as Mr. Howell and Natalie Schafer as Mrs. Howell.

Portions of the pilot turn up in the episode, Birds Gotta Fly, Fish Gotta Talk with a newly revised ending.

Instead of the well-known Gilligan's Island theme song, this episode opens with a Calypso-style tune.

(Unaired pilot has been posted in a separate post)
 

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Gary Nelson
Born January 1, 1934 in Los Angeles, California, Gary Nelson is an American television and film director. Not much of his career is known, but it is known he has directed several well-known television series, such as "Gunsmoke," "The Patty Duke Show," "Gilligan's Island" and "Happy Days" among others. He has also known for directing feature films such as "Molly and Lawless John" in 1972, "Murder in Coweta County" with Johnny Cash and Andy Griffith and "Freaky Friday" for Walt Disney Pictures. In 1978, Nelson was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Directorial Achievement for "Washington: Behind Closed Doors."
Nelson was married to actress Judi Meredith, who died in April 2014. They had two sons. Now semi-retired, he continues to occasionally guest lecture at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Episode(s)
Court-Martial
Gilligan Gets Bugged
Gilligan the Goddess
It's a Bird, It's a Plane
Mr. and Mrs. ???
Topsy-Turvy
Physical Fatness
The Secret of Gilligan's Island   
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Leslie Goodwins
Born in London, England on September 17, 1899, Leslie Goodwins was an English film director and screenwriter, who directed nearly 100 films between 1926 and 1967. Not much about his life and career are known. He came to Hollywood somewhere about the time Silent Films were replaced with Talkies, working as a gag writer and later getting to direct features at RKO and becoming the creator of the "Mexican Spitfire" series. His film, Dummy Ache was nominated for an Academy Award in 1936 for Best Short Subject. he became involved in television in the 1950s, directing episodes of "The Texans," "The Alaskans," "Maverick," "77 Sunset Strip," "My Favorite Martian," "F Troop" and "Gilligan's Island." He died in Hollywood, California on January 8, 1969. He was survived by his wife.
Episode(s)
The Chain of Command
Feed the Kitty
Ghost a Go-Go
Gilligan's Living Doll
The Hunter
The Invasion
Man With a Net
Pass the Vegetables, Please
The Postman Cometh
Seer Gilligan
Ship Ahoax   
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Two on a Raft
Air Date:    September 26, 1964
Written By:    Lawrence J. Cohen and Fred Freeman
Directed By:    John Rich
Guest Cast:    None
Main Cast

Bob Denver as Gilligan
Alan Hale, Jr. as The Skipper
Jim Backus as Mr. Howell
Natalie Schafer as Mrs. Howell
Tina Louise as Ginger
Dawn Wells as Mary Ann
Russell Johnson as The Professor
Guest Cast

Charles Maxwell as the Radio Announcer (voice only)
Kit Smythe as Ginger (cameo)
Nancy McCarthy as Bunny (cameo)
John Gabriel as The Professor (cameo)
Trivia   
First appearance of "The Ballad of Gilligan's Island" sung by The Wellingtons.
In the opening credits, the S.S. Minnow shown before the cruise is different from the version beaching on the island after the storm. There is no upper deck above the windows where the helm is, and the front of the cabin is straight rather than pointed..
When the Skipper wakes up, the original actors from the pilot can be seen still sleeping on the Minnow.
In the scenes where the castaways are listening to the radio, the Professor is sitting with the others in the far shots but standing in the close-ups.
When the Skipper and Gilligan finish fighting off the sharks, the Skipper's hat falls off his head and into the water right in the path of one of the sharks, and yet, in the next shot, the hat is back on the Skipper's head.
By the time this episode aired, it was the most expensive pilot ever filmed due to the fake sharks and break-away raft.
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Home Sweet Hut
Air Date:    10/3/64
Written By:    Bill Davenport and Charles Tannen
Directed By:    Richard Donner
Guest Cast:    None  
Main Cast

Bob Denver as Gilligan
Alan Hale, Jr. as The Skipper
Jim Backus as Mr. Howell
Natalie Schafer as Mrs. Howell
Tina Louise as Ginger
Dawn Wells as Mary Ann
Russell Johnson as The Professor
Guest Cast
Charles Maxwell as the Radio Announcer (voice only)
Trivia  
Gilligan retires to his hammock without his trademark red shirt; this is the only episode where he does this.
It's revealed in this episode the Howells have been married for twenty years, although according to Mr. Howell, the last five years were a little shaky.
 

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By Horseback, Hitchhike, Airplane and Taxi  
Getting Alan Hale Jr., to audition for the role of the Skipper was a major feat.  At the time, Hale was filming Bullet for a Badman in Utah.  He received the casting call for the role of the Skipper but had to try and figure out how he was going to get there, without being missed on the Bullet set.  
Hale made his way to Los Angeles to read a scene with Bob Denver via horseback, hitchhiking, airplane, and taxi cab. He reversed the process after the audition and made it back to Utah just in time to resume filming his western the next day.  
Schwartz had auditioned several actors for the role, but no one fit the bill like Hale.  
 

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