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Ken Houghton

Roy Hinkley is the name of the Professor in the show, so we're left with assuming it is Russell Johnson's given name.

Victoria

I'll say the Professor, only because I know who played Gilligan, the Skipper, and Thurston Howell... except... isn't that the character's name? Oh! Now I get the 'trick'. Duh.

Lance

So far Ken Houghton and Victoria have gotten the answer.

Elayne Riggs

Poor Russell Johnson, he gets no respect!

Lance

Elayne Riggs, Dave Sikula, and John Brennan have got it.

actor212

There's only one possible answer, since all the other male actors had big TV careers. He wasn't Gilligan, obviously, or the Skipper, and we all know that Mr Magoo played the older fellow...

Of course, the name of the actor is not the name posted on the chalkboard.

But here's the real trivia: what landmark sci-fi film did the actor appear in?

El Jefe

He offers a pretty solid potato salad recipe on his website, btw.

DaveH

The Professor, I think.

El Jefe

actor212,

Nice catch on the trick to the question. I see your question and raise you "This Island Earth." He was also a decorated bomber pilot in the Pacific, to riff off of one of Lance's posts from some months back.

So can we follow up with asking people what Lovey's real first name was?

darms

Lovey's first name was Eunice & the character's full name was Eunice "Lovey" Wentworth Howell.

El Jefe

darms,

Nicely done. I wonder if, given the times (and how well-acquainted American culture still was with Boston Brahmins then since you'd had a Kennedy on one presidential ticket and a Lodge on the other a couple of years before the three-hour tour) that "Eunice" was an actual hat-tip to the First Family? Wishful thinking, probably.

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