Dwayne Hickman, the star of The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, has died at the age of 87.
Dwayne Bernard Hickman died today as a result of complications from Parkinson’s disease.
At the age of 87, the actor, producer, and television director was best known for his role in the 1950s and 1960s show The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.
Harlan Boll, the actor’s publicist, confirmed the actor’s death to Variety.
In the popular sitcom The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, which aired from 1959 to 1963, Hickman played the title character.
The actor appeared in every episode of the long-running 20th Century Fox comedy series, which lasted for 148 episodes.
Hickman’s portrayal of Dobie Gillis made him an icon for the Baby Boomer generation of the 1950s and 1960s.
Between 1955 and 1959, he also starred in The Bob Cummings Show as the attention-seeking adolescent Chuck MacDonald.
Hickman began acting at a young age, appearing in films such as The Grapes of Wrath (1939) and Men of Boys Town (1941), in which his older brother Darryl also appeared.
He went on to act in films such as Ski Party and How to Stuff a Wild Bikini after earning an economics degree at Loyola University in the 1960s.
Following a successful acting career, he went behind the scenes as a CBS Television network executive in the 1970s.
M*A*S*H, a comedy drama set during the Korean War, and Maude, a long-running sitcom, were among the projects supervised by the star.
After retiring, the actor turned to painting, using oils to depict various house and landscape scenes.
Joan Roberts, Hickman’s widow, whom he had been married to since 1983, survives him.
Albert and John Hickman, his two sons, also survive him.
From 1963 to 1972, he was married to actress Carol Christensen, and from 1977 to 1981, he was married to singer Joanne Papile.
Many fans and people who worked with Hickman over the years took to social media to pay their respects to the late actor.
“(hashtag)RIP Dwayne Hickman, great as irrepressible teenagers on The Bob Cummings Show andamp; The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis,” Mike Barnes tweeted.
“A ‘Dobie’ opening monologue: ‘My name is Dobie Gillis, and I’m the author of the “Brinkwire Summary News.”