Dwayne Hickman, Star of ‘The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis,’ Dies at 87

Dwayne Hickman, who starred in the iconic CBS comedy series The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis has died at 87 years old.

Hickman, who also played a wild adolescent on The Bob Cummings Show, died Sunday morning at his Los Angeles home of symptoms from Parkinson’s disease.

Dobie Gillis, which aired for 147 episodes from 1959 and 1963, portrayed the fresh-faced, crew-cut Hickman (25 at the time) as a student who was always eager to date the most attractive, unreachable females. Bob Denver, the future star of Gilligan’s Island, portrayed his friend, beatnik Maynard G. Krebs.

Hickman also worked briefly as the entertainment director at Howard Hughes’ Landmark Hotel in Las Vegas in the 1970s, when he frequently booked country music bands.

Forever Dobie: The Many Lives of Dwayne Hickman, his autobiography, was published in 1994, and he found another gift, painting. He had an interest in the beautiful architecture and vivid flowers.

In 1983, Hickman married actress Joan Roberts, whom he met while co-starring in TV’s Private Benjamin. Albert, the couple’s son, was born. From a previous marriage to actress Carol Christensen, he had another son, John.


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