Dwayne Hickman

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Dwayne Hickman
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Hickman (left) with Danielle De Metz and Bob Denver in a 1960 "Dobie Gillis" publicity shot
Born Dwayne Bernard Hickman
(1934-05-18) May 18, 1934 (age 81)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active 1942-2005
Spouse(s) Carol Christensen (1963–72; divorced); 1 child
Joanne Purtle Papile (1977–81; divorced)
Joan Roberts (1983—present); 1 child
Children Albert Thomas Hickman
John Christensen Hickman
Relatives Darryl Hickman (brother)
Website http://www.dwaynehickman.com

Dwayne Bernard Hickman (born May 18, 1934) is an American former actor and television executive at CBS.

The normally 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 blond title character in CBS's The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Los Angeles, California and raised Catholic, Hickman is the younger brother of child actor Darryl Hickman. He graduated from Cathedral High School in 1952, and intended to become a Passionist priest, but ultimately chose not to do so and attended Loyola University.[1]

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 a 1950 episode of The Lone Ranger entitled Two Gold Lockets,[2] and in 1955 he appeared in another episode entitled "Sunstroke Mesa". He gained wide notice as "Chuck" on The Bob Cummings Show from 1955-59. At the time, he was studying at Loyola. Hickman was one of the first stars to have a breakout character in the series.

Hickman considered Cummings a childhood television hero and has said that Cummings taught him everything he knows about acting.[2] He worked with and was friends with Cummings throughout five seasons.[2][3] While still on the Bob Cummings Show in 1958, Hickman was cast in 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 twenty-five years old.[citation needed]

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.[4]

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 Combat! as a soldier who froze during an attack by a German machine gun nest which resulted in the death of a fellow GI.[4]

Hickman found his future in entertainment behind the scenes, being involved in production roles. From 1977–88, Hickman served as a programming executive at CBS. 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.[4]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ How did you come to be a student at Loyola University?
    I graduated from Cathedral High School in 1952 and decided to become a Passionist priest. I applied and left for St. Louis, where the seminary was. Well, I hated it. I felt so uncomfortable. I felt had done something rash, and I hadn’t realized what was involved, especially with a very strict order like the Passionists. After two weeks and with the advice of the rector, I left. I told him, “I think I better go back and go to school.” He wished me well. And I came to Los Angeles and met with Roland Reed, S.J., academic vice president, and Catherine Emenaker, the registrar. Father Reed said, “Welcome. I understand.” I took the entry test, and I was in. So, I started my freshman year, and that was my best year, 1952–53.
    So was the fact that Loyola is Catholic important to you? Yes, and the fact that it was Jesuit. I was familiar with it and knew people who had gone here. Loyola had a good reputation, and it was nearby. My family was living in Los Feliz, and I commuted every day. I didn't live on campus. I had a great freshman year. I loved it. I didn’t have to work in TV movies, or anything. [1]
  2. ^ a b c "Dwayne Hickman – Overview". allmovie.com. Rovi. 
  3. ^ The Bob Cummings Show, imdb.com; accessed November 1, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c Dwayne Hickman at the Internet Movie Database

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