Vale: Dwayne Hickman
US actor, best known for The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, has died.
US actor, director, TV exec Dwayne Hickman, best known for The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, has died, aged 87.
He died of complications related to Parkinson’s disease.
Hickman played the title role on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, from 1959 to 1963 opposite Bob Denver.
His first screen appearances were as an extra in films The Grapes of Wrath in 1939 and Men of Boys Town in 1941, followed by Our Gang (aka The Little Rascals), Melodies Old and New, Captain Eddie, The Hoodlum Saint, Faithful in My Fashion and The Secret Heart.
There were family films Rusty: The Return of Rusty, For The Love of Rusty, The Son of Rusty, My Dog Rusty, Rusty Leads The Way, Rusty’s Birthday and Rusty Saves a Life plus Heaven Knows, Her Husband’s Affairs, The Boy With Green Hair, The Sun Comes Up, Mighty Joe Young, The Happy Years, How to Stuff a Wild Bikini, Ski Party, Cat Ballou, A Night at the Roxbury.
His TV credits included The Bob Cummings Show, High School U.S.A., Murder She Wrote, Clueless, Ellery Queen, The Mod Squad, The Flying Nun, Ironside, Love American Style.
He also shifted from acting to serving as a programming executive from 1977 to 1988 where he supervised productions such as MASH, Maude and Designing Women, and he directed episodes of Head of the Class, Charles in Charge, Get a Life and Harry and the Hendersons.