Hilly Hicks

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Hilly Hicks
Stu Gilliam Hilly Hicks 1973
Hicks (in tire) and Stu Gilliam in Roll Out, 1973.
Born Hilly Gene Hicks
(1950-05-04) May 4, 1950 (age 65)
Los Angeles, California USA
Occupation Actor
Years active 1969–1985

Hilly Gene Hicks (born May 4, 1950 in Los Angeles, California[1]) is an American character actor.


The role for which Hicks is perhaps best known is Lewis Moore (the younger son of Alex Haley's second great-grandfather Chicken George) in the TV mini-series Roots. He appeared in the programs Adam-12, The Bill Cosby Show, Night Gallery, Hill Street Blues, M*A*S*H (appearing twice; once as a soldier trying to steal penicillin and again as an Army medic), Roll Out! (a short-lived sitcom created by M*A*S*H's Larry Gelbart & Gene Reynolds),[2] the TV movie Friendly Fire, the theatrical movies Gray Lady Down and Raise the Titanic. He appeared as Robbie Robertson in the 1977 television movie pilot for the CBS series The Amazing Spider-Man, and did voicework in Hanna Barbera's 1970s Godzilla TV cartoon.

Hicks is currently the senior pastor of Emmanuel United Methodist Church in San Bernardino, California. He is the father of playwright Hilly Hicks, Jr.


  1. ^ "California Birth Index, 1905-1995 [database on-line]". Provo, Utah: The Generations Network, Inc. 2005. Retrieved 2009-07-12. 
  2. ^ Riley, Clayton (October 28, 1973). Two Black Shows Get Stuck, Another Really Rolls; ' Roll Out' is not just a winner, it's a dazzler. 'Shaft' and 'Tenafly,' however, are a dull ride. New York Times

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