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|Born||Dwayne Bernard Hickman
May 18, 1934
Los Angeles, California, USA
|Spouse(s)||Carol Christensen (1963–1972)
Joanne Papile (1977–1981)
Joan Roberts (1983— )
|Children||Albert Thomas Hickman (b. 1992)
John Christensen Hickman
|Relatives||Brother Darryl Hickman|
Hickman is known primarily for "teenager" roles on television sitcoms. The brown-haired Hickman portrayed Chuck MacDonald, Bob Collins's (played by Bob Cummings) crazy teenaged nephew, on the 1950s NBC series The Bob Cummings Show (a.k.a. Love That Bob in reruns), and the initially blond title character in CBS's The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.
Life and career
Born in Los Angeles, California, Hickman is the younger brother of child actor Darryl Hickman. An early screen appearance was in the 1942 Our Gang comedy Melodies Old and New. Dwayne and Darryl co-starred in an early episode of the syndicated military drama Men of Annapolis, filmed at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. As a teen, he and Darryl guest-starred in an episode of The Lone Ranger.
Hickman gained wide notice as the character Chuck on The Bob Cummings Show from 1955 to 1959. At the time, he was studying at Loyola University (now Loyola Marymount University) in Los Angeles. Hickman was one of the first stars to have a breakout character in the series.
Hickman considered Bob Cummings a childhood television hero, having said that Cummings taught him all that he knew about acting. He worked with and was friends with Cummings throughout five seasons. The role as Chuck MacDonald probably led to Hickman's being cast in the lead of The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. Frank Faylen and Florida Friebus played his opposite-minded parents. Although at the show's debut the Dobie character was a teenager in high school, Hickman was then twenty-five years old.
After playing Dobie for four years (with fellow former Loyola student Bob Denver as his sidekick, Maynard G. Krebs), Hickman found himself stereotyped as a "youngster" when he was too old for such roles. He appeared in minor beach films and made an unsuccessful television pilot portraying a schoolteacher. James Franciscus was thereafter cast as Mr. Novak, a high school English teacher on another NBC series.
On June 23, 1960, Hickman appeared on NBC's The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford. He and Annette Funicello appeared together in an episode of ABC's circus drama The Greatest Show on Earth, starring Jack Palance. In 1965, Hickman appeared in the comedy film Cat Ballou with Jane Fonda and Lee Marvin. In the 1965-1966 television season, he appeared as a guest star on the episode "Run Sheep Run" on ABC's drama Combat! as a soldier who froze during an attack by a German machine gun nest which resulted in the death of a fellow GI.
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, a role which he spoofed in several on-camera roles. He worked as a director on various television series, including Designing Women and Head of the Class.
He reprised his role of Dobie in two television reunion broadcasts, the one-shot pilot Whatever Happened to Dobie Gillis (1977) and the TV movie Bring Me the Head of Dobie Gillis (1988). His autobiography is entitled Forever Dobie.
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