Howard Hickman

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Howard Charles Hickman (February 9, 1880 – December 31, 1949) was an American actor, director and writer. He was an accomplished stage leading man, who entered films through the auspices of producer Thomas H. Ince.

Howard Hickman
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Hickman in 1916
Howard Charles Hickman

(1880-02-09)February 9, 1880
DiedDecember 31, 1949(1949-12-31) (aged 69)
Resting placeMount Tamalpais Cemetery
Occupation(s)Actor, director, writer
Years active1912–1944
(m. 1907)


In 1900, Hickman debuted on stage as an extra in a production in San Francisco. He went on to act in stock theater with the Alacazar, Morosco, and Melborne MacDowell companies, among others.[1] On Broadway, Hickman wrote, and portrayed Gabby in, The Skirt (1921).[2]

Hickman's initial work in films was with the Lasky Pictures Company, after which he acted with the Triangle Company and later the Ince company.[1]

In 1918, Hickman debuted as a director, with The Rainbow (for Paralta studios) as his first film.[3] He directed 19 films.

With the rise of the sound film, Hickman returned to the film business but received mostly small roles, often as an authoritarian figure. Hickman made a brief appearance as plantation owner John Wilkes, father of Ashley Wilkes, in Gone with the Wind (1939). He ended his film career in 1944, after more than 270 films.

Personal life and deathEdit

Hickman was married to actress Bessie Barriscale.[3] He died of myocardial infarction in San Anselmo, California, and is buried at the Mount Tamalpais Cemetery, San Rafael, California.[citation needed]

Selected filmographyEdit

As actorEdit

Howard Hickman in Cheers for Miss Bishop (1941)
Original caption: "Howard Hickman, husband and director of Bessie Barriscale, shows leading man Jack Holt how to make love to Mrs. Hickman." This appears to be a production still from Kitty Kelly, M.D. (1919). If so, the cameraman behind the Bell & Howell model 2709 is Eugene Gaudio.

As directorEdit

As writerEdit


  1. ^ a b Lowrey, Carolyn (1920). The First One Hundred Noted Men and Women of the Screen. Moffat, Yard. p. 74. Retrieved September 25, 2019. Howard Hickman.
  2. ^ "Howard Hickman". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on February 5, 2021. Retrieved February 5, 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Howard Hickman to Become a Director". Motography. May 11, 1918. p. 894. Retrieved February 5, 2021.

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