Howard Hickman

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
OccupationActor, director, writer
Years active1912–1944
Spouse(s)Bessie Barriscale (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]

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] and He directed 19 films and co-starred with his wife, actress Bessie Barriscale, in several productions before returning to the theatre.

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.


Hickman died of myocardial infarction in San Anselmo, California, and is buried at the Mount Tamalpais Cemetery, San Rafael, California.

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.

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