"We didn't intentionally set out to move to an island," the actor, noting the irony, told a reporter in 1993. "We'd lived in Los Angeles for 40 years and just wanted to get away from the heat, the smog and crowds."
From the island he often took a ferry to Seattle to do voice-overs for radio commercials.
It was also on Bainbridge Island that Johnson wrote the memoir "Here on Gilligan's Isle."
Survivors include his wife and daughter.
Former AP writer Bob Thomas contributed to this story.