Speaking of being tough, Alan Hale Jr., who played The Skipper, our favorite strongman captain of the S. S. Minnow, accidentally broke his arm during the filming of a scene when he fell from a coconut tree and missed his landing pad. ouch!
Of course, in addition to finishing the filming that day without saying a word to the crew about his broken arm, the easy-going Hale actually went on the finish the entire season of the show without anyone knowing about his injury. When asked by Schwartz about the incident and how Hale managed to hide his injury, throw coconuts, and lift Bob Denver with his broken arm, Hale responded by simply saying, “It wasn’t easy.” Risky business? Well, that’s show business.
A long road to climb
Sherwood Schwartz wouldn't give up when it came to pitching the show. Nobody who was part of the original team seemed to like the show, even while filming the pilot. The pilot was rejected by CBS, but Schwartz didn't give up. He plunged ahead despite the negativity, eventually turning the show into one of the most popular comedies of all time.
One documentary about the show revealed the higher-ups had no idea why the show was popular and tried to keep pushing changes onto the cast and crew. One of the most famous examples of these changes was giving Gilligan a pet dinosaur, which thankfully didn't go through.
Remember the nickname ‘Little Buddy’? It wasn’t made for the show
Apparently, the famous nickname “Little Buddy” wasn’t a part of the original script for the show. But if you’ve seen even one episode, you’d know that The Skipper, played by the talented Alan Hale Jr., is a real gushy fellow at heart. Well, after hearing Alan offset, walking around, referring to others by repeatedly using that nickname, Schwartz, the show’s creator, decided to adopt the nickname and write it into the actual show.
In case you’re already an Alan Hale Jr. fan (which of course you are!), you’ve probably already heard him use that nickname in the 1962 episode of The Andy Griffith Show. That was almost 2 years before Gilligan’s Island was ever even on the air. In the episode called “The Farmer Takes a Wife,” Hale refers to his partner, Barney, as “Little Buddy.” I guess you can say that’s just his catchphrase.
Not everyone wants to become a sex-symbol
When Louise took the part of Ginger, a small-time actress who reminded us of Marilyn Monroe, she was arguably the most attractive of the five castaways on the show. Louise was worried that the role might cause her to be remembered as a sex symbol, which ended up being exactly what happened. Although accomplishing a lot in her career, to this day, the actress is mostly remembered as Ginger Grant.
Despite being limited by her famous role as Ginger, the actress is adored and beloved by her loyal fans, and went on to play jazz, sing, act, write, model, and even become a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and a lifetime member of the Actors' Studio. She is quoted as saying, "The best movie you'll ever be in is your own life because that's what matters in the end.”
The millionaire was a real Scrooge McDuck
In Gilligan’s Island, Mr. Howell is so wealthy that he took hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and several changes of clothing with him for what was intended to be only their three-hour boat tour in Hawaii. In real life though, Jim Backus, the actor who played Mr. Howell, wouldn’t even bring his wallet to such a ride. It’s been claimed that the actor would often invite his crew to lunch and end up “forgetting” his wallet in the studio.
We all have a friend like that who seems to “forget his wallet” whenever there is a group outing, yet never forgets to collect when someone owes them something... Unlike that friend of ours, towards the end of the show, Schwartz allegedly gave Backus $300 to pay back the staff for the amount he stiffed them for throughout the time filming. Still, that’s definitely not what we’d recommend for the “10 ways to save money this year” section of the NYT.