Gilligan's Island is truly a television classic and I loved watching it with my family when I was younger. Here are some surprising and funny facts about the beloved show. ● The Coast Guard would often receive panicked telegrams from people who didn’t realize the show wasn’t real. ● Dawn Wells (Mary Ann) was the only cast member to receive compensation from the show’s syndication. ● Raquel Welsh auditioned for the role of Mary Ann. ● Gilligan’s first name, though never mentioned on the show, was Willie. ● 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.