How well do you know your Gilligan's Island guest celebs?
By: Dyann Joyce
About This Quiz
"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!
What was the name of the musical group that landed on the island to have some quiet time to practice, that had the castaways all abuzz?
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.
What movie producer came to the island, played by Phil Silvers?
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.
What character with a rather unpleasant sounding name was portrayed by Tina Louise, who also played Ginger?
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.
Which island visitor was unaware that WWII had ended?
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.
Englishman Lord Beasley Waterford came to the island for what?
A rare butterfly
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.
Vito Scotti, who portrayed a Japanese sailor on the show, also appeared as a different character, Boris Balinkoff. Who was he?
A bank robber
A Hollywood director
A mad scientist
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.
Actor Rory Calhoun landed on the island in a helicopter, as a big game hunter named Jonathan Kincaid. What prey did he decide to hunt?
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.
A muscle-bound Denny Miller played Duke Williams, who became stranded on the island by what means?
A dingy from a yacht
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.
In a few different episodes, the castaways had visitors from a nearby island. Why did the castaways nearly lose their heads over them?
They were irritatingly polite islanders.
They were headhunters.
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.
They tried to marry their king to the girls on the island.
What visitor almost made Gilligan have to fight an island tribal warrior to the death?
An island girl named Kilani
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 one episode, two Russians visited the island. How did they get there?
A space capsule
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.
Other than Ginger and Gilligan, who else had a doppelganger that came to the island?
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 game show contestant was supposed to survive alone on this uncharted island to win $10,000. He was doing quite well, because he did what?
He was a great survivalist.
He stole food and supplies from the castaways.
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.
He offered the castaways a cut of the money to help him.
When a native king from a nearby island came to Gilligan’s Island looking for a "White Goddess," whom did he pick?
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.
Who played the character King Kaliwani in the episode where the native king tried to marry Gilligan?
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."
What was the sidekick's name in the episode where the big game hunter hunted Gilligan?
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."
In an episode where Gilligan dreamt he was Jack of "Jack and the Beanstalk," who was the tiny actor that ran around the Skipper as the giant?
Bob Denver, using a camera trick
Bob Denver’s son, Patrick Denver
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.