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Dwayne Bernard Hickman (born May 18, 1934) is an American former actor and television executive, producer and director, who worked as an executive at CBS and has also briefly recorded as a vocalist. Hickman portrayed Chuck MacDonald, Bob Collins' girl-crazy teenaged nephew, in the 1950s NBC sitcom The Bob Cummings Show, and the title character in CBS's 1960s sitcom The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. He is the younger brother of actor Darryl Hickman, with whom he has appeared on screen.
Dwayne Bernard Hickman
May 18, 1934
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||Loyola University (Loyola Marymount University)|
(m. 1963; div. 1972)
Joanne Purtle Papile
(m. 1977; div. 1981)
|Relatives||Darryl Hickman (older brother, born 1931)|
Early life and acting careerEdit
Born in Los Angeles, California, Hickman is the younger brother of child actor Darryl Hickman (b. 1931) and the older brother of Deidre Hickman (b. 1940). He graduated from Cathedral High School in 1952 and intended to become a Passionist priest, but ultimately chose not to and attended Loyola Marymount University.
Hickman's first screen appearances were as an extra in The Grapes of Wrath (1939) and Men of Boys Town (1941), in which his brother Darryl was featured. Other early screen appearances were in the 1942 Our Gang comedy Melodies Old and New, Captain Eddie (1945), The Hoodlum Saint (1946), and Faithful in My Fashion (1946).
In 1946, Hickman played young Chase in the movie The Secret Heart which starred Claudette Colbert, Walter Pidgeon, Lionel Barrymore, and June Allyson.
Hickman played different small roles in some of Columbia Pictures' eight-film "Rusty" series, about a boy and his valiant German Shepherd: The Return of Rusty (1946), For the Love of Rusty (1947), The Son of Rusty (1947), My Dog Rusty (1948), Rusty Leads the Way (1948), Rusty's Birthday (1949), and Rusty Saves a Life (1949). Heaven Only Knows (1947), in which he appeared, starred Bob Cummings, who would play a major role in Hickman's career. Hickman also appeared in Her Husband's Affairs (1948), The Boy with Green Hair (1948), The Sun Comes Up (1949), Mighty Joe Young (1949), and The Happy Years (1950), which starred Darryl. As a teen, Dwayne and Darryl guest-starred in a 1950 episode of The Lone Ranger titled "Two Gold Lockets."
Hickman focused on his studies for a few more years, then returned to acting with appearances in Public Defender, The Loretta Young Show, Lux Video Theatre, and Waterfront. In 1955, Dwayne appeared in another Lone Ranger episode titled "Sunstroke Mesa".
The Bob Cummings ShowEdit
Hickman considered Cummings a childhood television hero and has said that Cummings taught him everything he knows about acting. He worked with and was friends with Cummings throughout five seasons.[better source needed]
While still on the Bob Cummings Show, Hickman guest-starred on other shows, such as The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet and Men of Annapolis (alongside his brother). He also had a sizeable film role in Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! (1958).
The Many Loves of Dobie GillisEdit
In 1958, Hickman was cast as the lead of The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, which aired on CBS from 1959–63. Although at the show's debut the Dobie character was a teenager in high school, Hickman was then 25 years old.
When Dobie Gillis ended Hickman found himself stereotyped as a "youngster" when he was too old for such roles.
He and Annette Funicello appeared together in an episode of ABC's circus drama The Greatest Show on Earth, starring Jack Palance. He also guest starred on Valentine's Day, Vacation Playhouse and Wagon Train.
American International PicturesEdit
Hickman signed a multi-picture deal with American International Pictures. For that studio he starred in Ski Party (1965) opposite Frankie Avalon; How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965) with Funicello; and Dr Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965) with Avalon and Vincent Price. He also made a cameo in Sergeant Deadhead (1965).
Television guest appearancesEdit
Hickman had a support part in the comedy Doctor, You've Got to Be Kidding! (1967) but it would be his last feature film for a while. He starred in the pilot for a series, We'll Take Manhattan, but it was not picked up. Neither was Missy's Men.
Hickman guest starred on Vacation Playhouse, Ironside, Insight, The Flying Nun, My Friend Tony, Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color ("My Dog, the Thief"), Mod Squad, Love, American Style, Karen, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, and Ellery Queen. He reprised his most famous role in Whatever Happened to Dobie Gillis?, a one-shot pilot, and appeared in a TV movie Don't Push, I'll Charge When I'm Ready (1977).
Hickman found his future in entertainment behind the scenes, being involved in production roles. From 1977 to 1988, Hickman served as a programming executive at CBS. He took time out for a cameo in the TV movie High School U.S.A. (1983).
In the late 1980s Hickman turned to directing episodic TV, doing episodes of Duet, Charles in Charge, Open House, Designing Women, Get a Life, Head of the Class, Harry and the Hendersons and Sister, Sister.
He could be seen in Surviving Gilligan's Island: The Incredibly True Story of the Longest Three Hour Tour in History and Angels with Angles (2005).
- Hickman, Dwayne (1994). Forever Dobie: The Many Lives of Dwayne Hickman. New York City, New York: Birch Lane Press / Carol Publishing Group. p. 2. ISBN 978-1559722520.
- "This day in history, May 18, 2019". The News-Gazette. Champaign, Illinois. The Associated Press. May 18, 2019. Archived from the original on March 13, 2020. Retrieved March 13, 2020.
Actor Dwayne Hickman is 85.
- Chase's Calendar of Events 2019 (62 ed.). Bernan Press / Rowman & Littlefield. 2018. p. 281. ISBN 978-1641432634.
- "The Careers of Dwayne Hickman '56". LMU. Loyola Marymount University. Archived from the original on March 12, 2016. Retrieved August 11, 2016.
- Hickman, Hickman, pp. 40-41.
- Blottner, Gene (2011). Columbia Pictures Movie Series, 1926-1955: The Harry Cohn Years. McFarland & Company. pp. 280–286. ISBN 978-0786433537.
- Paietta, Ann Catherine; Kauppila, Jean L. (1994). Animals on Screen and Radio: An Annotated Sourcebook. Scarecrow Press. pp. 236–237. ISBN 978-0810829398.
- "Dwayne Hickman – Overview". AllMovie. Archived from the original on 2010-02-10.
- The Bob Cummings Show, imdb.com; accessed November 1, 2015.
- Dwayne Hickman on IMDb