Bob Denver, whose portrayal of goofy first mate Gilligan on the 1960s television show ”Gilligan’s Island,” made him an iconic figure to generations of TV viewers, has died, his agent confirmed Tuesday. He was 70.
In death, as in life, Gilligan serves as an oddly apt metaphor for the human condition, a disturbing reminder of both our isolation and our interdependence, our disconnect from nature and the fragility of our modern, technological world, and of course… our universal love of coconut cream pie. But most of all, he reminds us of our own mortality, for in Gilligan’s own memorable words:
“We’ll get off this island yet.”
So he has. And so shall we all.