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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 18 May 1934Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameDwayne Bernard Hickman
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Boyishly handsome Dwayne Hickman, the younger brother of Darryl Hickman, followed in his sibling's tiny footsteps as a moppet film actor himself, appearing in such features as Captain Eddie (1945) (with Darryl) and as "Nip Worden" in The Return of Rusty (1946) and the rest of that dog adventure series. On a temporary sabbatical from acting, he returned to Hollywood following college studies (Loyola University) and won the hearts of many young female baby-boomers as the girl-obsessed nephew in The Bob Cummings Show (1955) and especially as the swooning, adorably sheepish "teen" in The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1959) as the title character. Unable to escape the cramping typecast, he ended up working behind the scenes from the 1970s on as a publicist, a Las Vegas entertainment director and, most successfully, as a programming executive for CBS. Dwayne has returned to acting on occasion in "Dobie" retrospectives and other light comedy efforts. In 1994 he wrote his biography, aptly titled "Forever Dobie."

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Dwayne Hickman was born in Los Angeles, California. He earned a B.S in Economics from Loyola University in Los Angeles.

Dwayne Hickman starred in his first television series opposite Bob Cummings, where he honed his comedic skills under the watchful eyes of comedy greats George Burns and Jack Benny. Five years later he would land the starring role in his own series, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. As "Dobie", Dwayne Hickman became the hero and spokesman for the generation of Baby Boomers and over 35 years later "Dobie" is still being watched by a whole new generation of teens.

During the years after "Dobie Gillis", Dwayne resumed his film career, starring in several teen movies for A.I.P., which have become cult classics, including "How to Stuff a Wild Bikini", with Annette Funicello and "Ski Party" with Frankie Avalon. He also starred in the Academy Award winning comedy western classic, "Cat Ballou" with Jane Fonda and Lee Marvin. Along with guest appearances on episodic television Hickman also performed on stage, touring the country in productions of "Barefoot in the Park", "Star Spangled Girl", and "6 Rms Riv Vu".

In the 1970's, after a brief stint as Entertainment Director at Howard Hughes' Landmark Hotel in Las Vegas, Hickman decided to return to television, but this time he joined the corporate ranks as a network executive with CBS Television. For ten years he supervised such series hits such as "Maude", "M*A*S*H" and "Designing Women". Dwayne left the network to star and produce the CBS Movie of the Week "Bring Me The Head Of Dobie Gillis", and then he went behind the camera to direct half-hour comedies. It was during this time that he met his future wife, actress/writer Joan Roberts, when she was co-starring in the CBS T.V. series, "Pvt. Benjamin". They were married April 16,1983. On November 23, 1992 they celebrated the birth of their son, Albert Thomas Hickman. In addition to acting and directing, Dwayne and his wife Joan co-authored his autobiography, "Forever Dobie...The Many Lives of Dwayne Hickman" (Birch Lane Press) as well as developing film and T.V. scripts. Dwayne Hickman stepped in front of the cameras again, co-starring in Paramount's feature film; "A Night at the Roxbury" and for two seasons he had a recurring role on UPN. TV's, "Clueless". He also co-starred in the CBS, M.O W. "Surviving Gilligan's Island" playing a CBS network executive! This multifaceted performer is also a critically acclaimed artist, painting in oils. Hickman's use of vibrant colors and exquisite detail in his popular house and landscape series has become his trademark. His artwork has been featured on Good Morning America and national publications including USA Today. Hickman and his wife and business partner, Joan Roberts, publish his artwork, which is represented in galleries across the country and in many private and corporate collections.

In addition to his son, Albert, he has an older son, John, from a previous marriage. Dwayne, his wife Joan Roberts and their son, Albert, reside in Los Angeles, California.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: J Roberts

Spouse (3)

Joan Roberts (16 April 1983 - present) (1 child)
Joanne Purtle Papile (2 March 1977 - 3 August 1981) (divorced)
Carol Christensen (7 March 1963 - 7 September 1972) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (7)

Younger brother of actor Darryl Hickman. (The two appeared together in Captain Eddie (1945)).
Ex-brother-in-law of actress Pamela Lincoln.
Accomplished artist; has had many art gallery showings.
Brother-in-law of Lynda Farmer Hickman.
Hickman's wife, actress Joan Roberts, is a successful voice over performer. He is also a critically acclaimed artist. Hickman's paintings are represented in galleries across the country and held in many corporate and private collections.
His acting mentor was the late Robert Cummings.
Best known by the public for his roles as Chuck MacDonald on The Bob Cummings Show (1955) and for his starring role as the title character in The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1959).

Personal Quotes (5)

[Of his best-known character]: Dobie was so well written and so ahead of its time. The spinning frames, the short clipped scenes, the rapid-fire delivery - it was the MTV of its time. Breaking the fourth wall and having Dobie talk to the audience was ground-breaking.
[on Dobie Gillis as the "original yuppie"]: His only ambition was to have a girlfriend, a car and money. He represents the morality of the 50's.
[Of Warren Beatty]: Warren Beatty has always acted like a Movie Star even when no one knew who he was. I think that he denies being on the show because he didn't want anyone to think he began on TV, If he ever decides to run for President of the United States, that would be interesting. In a Dobie episode we ran against one another for class president -- I don't remember now who won!
[Of his on- and off-screen chemistry with Robert Cummings, who played Bob Collins]: I loved Bob, he was wonderful, he took me aside, and he said, 'You know, Chuck [he always called me Chuck], I don't think he knew my name. But anyway, he called me Chuck, and he said, 'You have a wonderful opportunity here to go to school, and learn comedy from me.' But he was right, 'You're getting paid to go to school, on comedy.' And you know, we had run-ins every year.
[Of Robert Cummings]: I was very green and I learned a great deal from him. He was like a mentor. He taught me everything and a lot of people say, 'I acted like him,' which I probably did because he was telling me how to do it, and I was kind of imitating somewhat. But no, I learned a great deal and I probably never gotten Dobie without Cummings. He was a very talented man, a big star, a big movie star!

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