Actor and CBS government Dwayne Hickman has died.
Hickman handed away in Los Angeles on Sunday following a battle with Parkinson’s illness, his household confirmed, in keeping with the Los Angeles Times. He was 87.
The tv actor was finest recognized for his starring, titular function in “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis,” a teenage sitcom that aired from 1959 to 1963 on CBS. Coincidentally, the date of Hickman’s passing, Jan. 9, is the birthday of his longtime pal co-star on the present, Bob Denver, who died in 2005 at age 70.
Before he grew to become the “poster child of the baby boomer generation” as highschool playboy Dobie Gillis, Hickman beforehand starred in “The Bob Cummings Show” between 1955 to 1959, his breakout tv function by which he performed Cummings’ nephew Chuck.
Hickman obtained his begin as an additional at age 6, with a small half in director John Ford’s Oscar-winning movie adaptation of “The Grapes of Wrath,” starring Henry Fonda and Jane (*87*). He additionally went on to behave in small components in “The Boy With Green Hair” and “The Lone Ranger” earlier than touchdown a task alongside comedy legend Cummings.
Moving on from Dobie, Hickman would earn a bachelor’s diploma in economics from Loyola Marymount University earlier than returning to Hollywood. He went on to begin in quite a few different teenage roles, corresponding to reverse Jane Fonda and Lee Marvin in “Cat Ballou.”
In the Seventies, Hickman placed on his producers’ hat as a CBS community government, and helped deliver many now-beloved reveals to life, together with “Maude,” “MAS*H” and “Designing Women.” He’d shift but once more to the director’s seat for “Designing Women,” in addition to “Head of the Class” and “Sister, Sister.”
Following two earlier marriages, with actor Carol Christensen and singer Joanne Papile, Hickman spent practically 30 years with “Designing Women” star Joan Roberts, from 1983 till her dying in 2012.
The tv professional additionally beloved portray. His work has been proven in a number of galleries and different particular choices through the years.
Hickman is survived by he and Roberts’ son, Albert Hickman, in addition to elder son, John Hickman, whom he shared with the late Christensen.
His household has requested all donations in his reminiscence be despatched to the Actors Fund and Dream Club United, a humanitarian group based by Albert Hickman.