Claim to fame:
Backus starred in Gilligan's Island as the snobby but lovable Thurston Howell III.
Where are they now?
After the shows end he continued to act and gain recognition in movies like, 'Rebel Without a Cause'. Backus along with his wife wrote several books. After several years of battling Parkinson's Disease a complication caused from pneumonia took his life on July 3rd 1989.