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Darryl Hickman in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)
|Born||Darryl Gerard Hickman
July 28, 1931
Hollywood, California, USA
|Spouse(s)||Pamela Lincoln Hickman (married 1959–1982, divorced, 2 sons)
Lynda Farmer Hickman (?–present)
|Relatives||Brother Dwayne Hickman|
Hickman gained attention as a child actor during the late 1930s and 1940s, appearing in The Grapes of Wrath, Men of Boys Town, The Human Comedy and Leave Her to Heaven, among others. He made a featured appearance in the 1942 Our Gang comedy Going to Press. In 1944, he played the antagonist to Jimmy Lydon's Henry Aldrich character in the film Henry Aldrich, Boy Scout. In 1946, he played young Sam Masterson in the Barbara Stanwyck vehicle The Strange Love of Martha Ivers. By age twenty-one, Hickman had appeared in more than one hundred motion pictures.
After spending his childhood as an actor, Hickman retired from entertainment to enter a monastery in 1951, returning to Hollywood just over a year later. He continued acting, but in fewer roles than in the peak of his career. He was cast in 1952 in the episode "Fight Town" of the syndicated western television series, The Range Rider. In 1954, he appeared as Chet Sterling in the "Annie Gets Her Man" episode of syndicated western series, Annie Oakley, with Gail Davis. In 1957, Hickman appeared in the episode "Copper Wire" of the syndicated western-themed crime drama Sheriff of Cochise. Later that year he appeared as murderer Steve Harris in the second Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Sleepwalker's Niece." Hickman appeared four times in the 1957-1958 syndicated drama series, Men of Annapolis, about midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He also guest starred in Kenneth Tobey's adventure drama, Whirlybirds.
Hickman was cast as Dal Royal in the 1957 episode "Hang 'em High" (1957) of the ABC/Desilu series, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp. In the story line, Marshal Wyatt Earp (Hugh O'Brian) and Sheriff Bat Masterson (Mason Alan Dinehart) tangle with secreted vigilantes called the "White Caps" after a judge order's Royal's hanging when he refuses to defend himself in court for fear the gang will murder his girlfriend, the daughter of a prominent rancher. The story line includes a fake hanging and burial to smoke out the gang and a rush to obtain justice by Earp and Masteron.
In 1959, Hickman appeared with younger brother, Dwayne Hickman, on the latter's CBS sitcom, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, playing older brother, Davey. In 1959, Darryl Hickman appeared in an episode of Wanted: Dead or Alive with Steve McQueen, titled "Rope Law"; on May 9, 1959, he was a guest star on CBS's Gunsmoke as Andy Hill.
He guest-starred in the 1960 episode "Moment of Fear" of CBS's The DuPont Show with June Allyson, also featuring Edgar Bergen. He appeared on NBC's science fiction series The Man and the Challenge. During the American Civil War Centennial, Hickman played a young Union soldier in the short-lived NBC series The Americans (1961), and as an officer in Walt Disney's Johnny Shiloh (1963).
He had a key role in the 1981 film Sharky's Machine, directed by and starring Burt Reynolds, as a corrupt cop. Hickman eventually became a television executive and an acting coach, and a voice actor for Hanna-Barbera Productions toward the end of a five-decade career in the entertainment industry. Some notable voice overs were Wags in The Biskitts and Derek from The Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible. His book, The Unconscious Actor: Out of Control, In Full Command, was published in April 2007.
Because of his youthful work, Hickman is the last surviving cast member in many films in which he appeared.
- ""Hang 'em High", March 27, 1957". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved November 1, 2013.
- Darryl Hickman at the Internet Movie Database
- Darryl Hickman - extended biography
- 2009 Half-Hour TV Interview on The Creative Community