Gilligan was the character?s last name; his first name was never used in a broadcast, though the show?s creator Sherwood Schwartz claimed that Gilligan?s first name was Willy? Denver?s character in Dobie Gillis was a wacky bongo-playing beatnik named Maynard G. Krebs? The New Adventures of Gilligan was an animated version of the show on ABC from 1974-77? Denver died while being treated for cancer at Wake Forest University Baptist Hospital; earlier in 2005 he had undergone quadruple bypass heart surgery. The Hollywood Reporter said after his death that in April of 2005, ?Denver underwent cancer surgery to remove his voice box, leaving him speechless.?
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