The iconic ’60s sitcom Gilligan’s Island had a slew of characters that made an impression on the audience. Here are some facts about the islanders that you might not have known.
Bob Denver, famous for his role as Gilligan, had a successful acting career beyond the show, but he couldn’t escape his iconic character.
Before Denver, this role was offered to Jerry Van Dyke, Dick Van Dyke’s brother. However, he turned the role down and it went to Bob Denver.
Alan Hale, Jr.
Alan Hale, Jr., who played the lovable Skipper, had a career rooted in cowboy roles in Western movies and TV shows.
It turns out that Alan Hale, Jr. was so dedicated to his role that once he even broke his wrist while shooting, deliberately did not inform anyone and insisted on keeping the cameras rolling!
Jim Backus, a.k.a Thurston Howell III, was already a well-known radio star when he started the show. Following that, he appeared in a wide range of movies and TV shows.
Not only this, it seems as if even the teachers in Backus’ school were movie stars! Margaret Hamilton, who was his school teacher, had starred in the movie The Wizard of Oz!
Natalie Schafer, known for her portrayal of Lovey Howell, enjoyed a vibrant Broadway career and appeared in several films before Gilligan’s Island.
Natalie was a bit secretive in her personal life and she had hidden her true age from many of her close friends, including her own husband.
Although Tina Louise is known to many as the definitive incarnation of her character, the glamorous Ginger Grant, three other actresses also played the role.
Kit Smythe was initially involved in the pilot episode. Judith Baldwin and Constance Forslund followed in her wake, starring in subsequent television movies.
Russell Johnson played Professor Roy Hinkley, who was known for inventing various contraptions to get the castaways off the island.
The professor and the skipper had teamed up in the cinema long before Gilligan’s Island with the actors collaborating in the 1955 Western production Many Rivers To Cross.
Dawn Wells, who played the sweet girl next door, Mary Ann, made appearances on other popular TV shows like The Love Boat, Growing Pains, and Baywatch.
The actress had a fun time with the ongoing debate regarding the favorite female character from Gilligan’s Island. Wells even wore a t-shirt once with the phrase “Ginger or Mary Ann, the ultimate dilemma.”
No matter what age you are, it’s important that you take good care of your heart. People on a mission to keep their hearts young usually head toward running, jogging, and doing strenuous workouts. However, one much-less explored avenue is water aerobics, a type of full-body workout that works with your breathing and helps the oxygen reach your muscles. According to some studies, water aerobics has been found as one of the best ways to avoid heart conditions. The body movements help you burn many calories while also breathing new life into your heart health. Here are the best water aerobics exercises for your body:
Honestly, we don’t even want to call it an exercise. This aerobic exercise is simply jogging within the pool. You can start with slow walks and eventually walk from one end of the pool to another at a higher speed. Soon, you’ll find yourself jogging at a good speed. Push yourself more and start walking in a zig-zag pattern rather than a straight line. It’s simple and it’s effective.
The Noodle Straddle
This is a fun little sport for you. Take a pool noodle and go deep into the water while you straddle it in between your legs. You need to keep spreading and then closing your arms while you pedal your way through the water towards the deeper end. Finally, sit steady and with your back straight. Repeat this for 5-10 minutes and it’ll show its effects in the long run.
As easy as this exercise may appear, it can get a bit tricky once you’re in the water. To perform tuck jumps, you need to head to the shallow end of the pool and jump while you bring your knees close to your chest. Start at the area where the water isn’t too deep and gradually move to the deeper side. Ensure that once you master it, your feet don’t touch the ground for as many jumps as possible.
The perfect water aerobics for your entire body is tombstone kicking. Vertically place a kickboard in the pool with half of it above the water level. Place your back at the pool’s edge and push the wall using your feet. Keep kicking with your utmost force and stop once you reach the other end of the pool. Do at least 5 to 10 reps of this exercise.
Once you get a hold of this exercise, you’ll easily be burning up to 11 calories every minute. This upper body aerobics requires a lot of resistance. While performing this, you need to move your arms like you’re swimming and your feet must move in circular motions. In addition to that, you must also ensure that you keep your head afloat while regulating your breathing. You’ll need to use the strength of all four limbs while you keep your body upright. If done right, this can give you results equivalent to jogging at a speed of 6 miles per hour, within a minute.