Robert Osbourne Denver was a New Rochelle, New York-born American comedic actor best known for portraying the character of Gilligan in the television series “Gilligan’s Island”. Born on 9 January 1935, Bob Denver was one of the very successful actors in the American film industry, Bob was active as an actor in the years between 1959 and 1997. He died on 2 September, 2005.
A well-recognized personality in Hollywood, one may wonder how rich was Bob Denver at the time of his death? As of 2005, Bob counted his net worth at an amount of $20 million. Needless to say, his involvement in the field of entertainment as an actor was the most significant in adding to his net worth. He being a successful actor in both American television as well as Hollywood must have been important in making him a multi-millionaire as of his death.
Bob Denver Net Worth $20 Million
Raised in Brownwood, Texas, Bob was educated at Loyola University in Los Angeles, California, and after graduating he went on to teach physical education, mathematics and history at Corpus Christi School. Before long, he left his job as a teacher and initiated his career as an actor when he appeared in the television show “Dobie Gillis” as Maynard G. Krebs. At the initial phase of his career, Bob appeared in several television shows including “Here’s Hollywood”, “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Gilligan’s Island”, which was a world-wide hit in English-speaking countries although it only ran for four years in th ’60s, among many others. Of course, due to all these projects, Bob Denver’s net worth began to rise.
Along with television, Bob also found prominence in Hollywood. Until his retirement from show business, he appeared in several movies like “”Take Her, She’s Mine”, “For Those Who Think Young”, “A Private Affair” and many more. Later in his career, Bob appeared in movies such as “Who’s Minding The Mint?”, “Did You Hear About The Travelling Sales Lady?” and “The Sweet Ride” among others. He also appeared in television shows like “Love, American Style”, “The Good Guys”, “Far Out Space Nuts” and more, in his later career. Obviously, all of these projects played important roles in adding to Bob’s net worth.
As for his personal life, Bob was married four times, firstly with Maggie Ryan in 1960 and the couple had two children before divorcing in 1966. Later, he married Carole Abrahams(1972-75) after divorcing his second wife Jean Webber(1967-70), fathering one child with Carole. Bob was married to his fourth wife, Dreama Peery from 1979 until his death, and with whom he also shared one child.
Denver died on 2 September, 2005 due to complications in cancer treatment and was cremated. Bob obviously enjoyed his life as a famous and prominent actor in Hollywood as well as American television, with his net worth having catered to him well in his lifetime.
Bob Denver enjoyed going sailing in real life. But for obvious reasons he dreaded it when he had to rent a boat. People would often say the same jokes to him every time he did. Like oh three hour tour huh?.
Denver, Colorado, was named in honor of his great-great grandfather James William Denver (1817-1892), who was the territorial governor of Kansas.
On Friday, October 15, 1976, while preparing to appear in a stage production of Woody Allen's "Play It Again, Sam" at the Tidewater Dinner Theatre in Norfolk, Virginia, was charged with driving under the influence of an intoxicant, refusal to submit to a breath and blood alcohol tests, and driving without an operator's license.
Discovered acting while studying law at Loyola University in Los Angeles, California in the 1950s.
Replaced Woody Allen as the protagonist in Allen's play "Play It Again, Sam" on Broadway in 1970.
Playing beatnik Maynard G. Krebs on the comedy series The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1959), Denver's most enduring line from that series was his freaked-out exclamation "Work!?" whenever anyone mentioned the word within hearing distance.
After surviving quadruple bypass surgery in early 2005, he was diagnosed with cancer only a few months before his death on September 2. Treated at Wake Forest University Baptist Hospital, he died in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
The first name of his character Gilligan, which was never mentioned on the series, was Willy. It was mentioned in the original pilot, but because three of the parts were recast, it was never shown until the 90s.
On Tuesday, September 6, 2005, Bob's friend from the comedy series The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1959), former actress-turned-California State Senator Sheila James Kuehl, who played boy-crazy Zelda Gilroy on the series, was granted her request that the Senate adjourn in Denver's memory.
Raised in Brownwood, Texas where he graduated from high school. The family eventually moved to California.
Studying at Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles where he received a degree in political science, he switched from a possible law career to acting and made his West Coast stage debut in a late 1950s production of "The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial".
Bob Denver's date of birth on Wednesday, January 9, 1935, was just a day after Elvis Presley's date of birth, on Tuesday, January 8, 1935.
Denver often went out of his way to help his fellow cast members on Gilligan's Island (1964). This is included trying to give Dawn Wells an equal share of publicity as Tina Louise and demanding that she and Russell Johnson be given an equal credit in the series' title sequence.
In real life, he is diametrically opposite of the well-known inept and goofy characters he has portrayed on television. He is an enormously talented, introverted, and well-read man who loves children, especially his own.
Had a son, Colin, with Dreama - had 3 other children from previous marriages.
Denver suffered a broken neck in 1956, which prevented him from getting inducted in the United States Army.
Used to work for the United States Postal Service as a postman, and as a high school teacher.