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Dwayne Bernard Hickman
May 18, 1934
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|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)|
Dwayne Bernard Hickman (born May 18, 1934) is an American former actor and television executive at CBS.
The usually 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 later, in syndication), and the blond title character in CBS's The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.
Life and career
Early life and acting
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 and attended Loyola University.
Hickman's early screen appearance was in the 1942 Our Gang comedy Melodies Old and New. He had small roles in Captain Eddie (1945), The Hoodlum Saint (1946), The Return of Rusty (1946) and Faithful in My Fashion (1946).
In 1946, Hickman played young Chase in the movie The Secret Heart which starred Claudette Colbert, Walter Pidgeon, Lionel Barrymore and June Allyson.
Hickman was in For the Love of Rusty (1947), The Son of Rusty (1947), Heaven Only Knows (1947) (starring Bob Cummings, who would play a major role in Hickman's career), Her Husband's Affairs (1948), My Dog Rusty (1948), Rusty Leads the Way (1948),The Boy with Green Hair (1948), The Sun Comes Up (1949), Rusty Saves a Life (1949), Mighty Joe Young (1949), Rusty's Birthday (1949), and The Happy Years (1950), which starred Darryl. As a teen, he and Darryl guest-starred in a 1950 episode of The Lone Ranger titled Two Gold Lockets.
Hickman focused on his studies for a few more years, then returned to acting with appearances in Public Defender, The Loretta Young Show, Lux Video Theatre, and Waterfront. In 1955, Dwayne appeared in another Lone Ranger episode titled "Sunstroke Mesa".
The Bob Cummings Show
Hickman considered Cummings a childhood television hero and has said that Cummings taught him everything he knows about acting. He worked with and was friends with Cummings throughout five seasons.
While still on the Bob Cummings Show, Hickman guest starred on other shows, such as The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet and Men of Annapolis (alongside his brother). He also had a sizeable film role in Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! (1958).
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
In 1958, Hickman was cast as 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 25 years old.
When Dobie Gillis ended Hickman found himself stereotyped as a "youngster" when he was too old for such roles.
He and Annette Funicello appeared together in an episode of ABC's circus drama The Greatest Show on Earth, starring Jack Palance. He also guest starred on Valentine's Day, Vacation Playhouse and Wagon Train.
American International Pictures
Hickman signed a multi-picture deal with American International Pictures. For that studio he starred in Ski Party (1965) opposite Frankie Avalon; How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965) with Funicello; and Dr Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965) with Avalon and Vincent Price. He also made a cameo in Sergeant Deadhead (1965).
Television guest appearances
Hickman had a support part in the comedy Doctor, You've Got to Be Kidding! (1967) but it would be his last feature film for a while. He starred in the pilot for a series, We'll Take Manhattan, but it was not picked up. Neither was Missy's Men.
Hickman guest starred on Vacation Playhouse, Ironside, Insight, The Flying Nun, My Friend Tony, Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color ("My Dog, the Thief"), Mod Squad, Love, American Style, Karen, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, and Ellery Queen. He reprised his most famous role in Whatever Happened to Dobie Gillis?, a one-shot pilot, and appeared in a TV movie Don't Push, I'll Charge When I'm Ready (1977).
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. He took time out for a cameo in the TV movie High School U.S.A. (1983).
In the late 1980s Hickman turned to directing episodic TV, doing episodes of Duet, Charles in Charge, Open House, Designing Women, Get a Life, Head of the Class, Harry and the Hendersons and Sister, Sister.
He could be seen in Surviving Gilligan's Island: The Incredibly True Story of the Longest Three Hour Tour in History and Angels with Angles (2005).