13+ Things You Didn’t Know About Gilligan’s Island

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    Gilligan’s First Name Is Willy Schwartz received a green light from CBS for the pilot, and went about assembling his cast. He chose the name of the bumbling first mate, Gilligan, from the Los Angeles telephone directory. During the series Gilligan’s first name was never mentioned, but according to Schwartz’s original notes, it was intended to be “Willy.” The actor who played Gilligan, Bob Denver always insisted that Gilligan was the character’s first name.