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5 Surprising Facts About Gilligan’s Island

Can you name the cast of Gilligan's island?

Can you name the castaways on Gilligan’s island? Now, their real names?

Think you know everything about the famous castaways from Gilligan’s Island?

Think again!

Here are five facts about the hit show that will surprise even the most ardent fan:

1. The Coast Guard would often receive telegrams from people who didn’t realize the show wasn’t real.

2. Dawn Wells (Mary Ann) was the only cast member to receive compensation from the show’s syndication.

3. Raquel Welsh auditioned for the role of Mary Ann.

4. Gilligan’s first name, though never mentioned on the show, was Willie.

5. The original pilot had a calypso theme song with different lyrics by composer John Williams, who later went on to pen the score to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Star Wars.

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