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Bill Hickman (I) (1921–1986)

The actor is better known for his prowess as a stunt driver. His work in Bullitt (1968) is legendary where he drove the black Dodge Charger 440 Magnum that was pursued by Steve McQueen in his Ford Mustang 390 GT. For his reputation earned on Bullitt, Hickman was hired by William Friedkin for The French Connection (1971). He staged a similar chase ... See full bio »

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Known For

Patton General Patton's Driver
Bullitt Phil
Capricorn One Stunts


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 1973 The Seven-Ups
 1973 Shaft (TV Series)
Court Member
- The Enforcers (1973) ... Court Member (uncredited)
 1973 Madigan (TV Series)
Taxi Driver
- The Park Avenue Beat (1973) ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
 1972 Hickey & Boggs
 1972 The War Between Men and Women
Large Gentleman (as William Hickman)
 1971 They Call It Murder (TV Movie)
Martin Rome (uncredited)
 1971 The French Connection
 1971 Columbo (TV Series)
Traffic Cop
- Death Lends a Hand (1971) ... Traffic Cop (uncredited)
 1971 The Bold Ones: The Senator (TV Series)
Process Server
- Some Day, They'll Elect a President (1971) ... Process Server
 1970 Zabriskie Point
Gun store owner / Clerk (uncredited)
 1966-1970 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Jake / Peter Griffith / State Trooper
- Summer Terror (1970) ... Jake
- Conspiracy of Corruption (1970) ... Peter Griffith
- The Baby Sitter (1966) ... State Trooper
 1970 Patton
General Patton's Driver
 1969 Daughter of the Mind (TV Movie)
Enemy Agent
 1968 The Love Bug
 1968 Bullitt
 1967 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
- Death Train (1967) ... Townsman (uncredited)
 1967 Batman (TV Series)
- Enter Batgirl, Exit Penguin (1967) ... Henchman (uncredited)
 1967 Judd for the Defense (TV Series)
Ned Palmeroy
- Tempest in a Texas Town (1967) ... Ned Palmeroy (uncredited)
 1967 Point Blank
Reese's Guard on Balcony (uncredited)
 1967 The Felony Squad (TV Series)
- Debt of Fear (1967) ... Max
 1963-1967 Bonanza (TV Series)
Ketch / 2nd Cowboy Thrown out of Saloon / Big Cowboy / ...
- The Prince (1967) ... Ketch
- Lothario Larkin (1965) ... 2nd Cowboy Thrown out of Saloon (uncredited)
- The Search (1965) ... Big Cowboy (uncredited)
- Rich Man, Poor Man (1963) ... Harvey
 1967 The Invaders (TV Series)
- Genesis (1967) ... Patrolman (uncredited)
 1964-1967 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
Erik / Falco
- The Deadly Smorgasbord Affair (1967) ... Erik
- The Finny Foot Affair (1964) ... Falco
 1966 Get Smart (TV Series)
KAOS Agent
- Kiss of Death (1966) ... KAOS Agent (uncredited)
 1966 Jericho (TV Series)
Motorcycle Officer / Motorcycle Soldier
- Long Journey Across a Short Street (1966) ... Motorcycle Officer (uncredited)
- Eric the Redhead (1966) ... Motorcycle Soldier (uncredited)
 1966 The Rounders (TV Series)
1st Sheriff
- A Horse on Jim Ed Love (1966) ... 1st Sheriff
 1966 The Fugitive (TV Series)
Truck Driver
- A Taste of Tomorrow (1966) ... Truck Driver (uncredited)
 1966 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (TV Series)
Missile Room Man
- Graveyard of Fear (1966) ... Missile Room Man (uncredited)
 1965-1966 Branded (TV Series)
Donegan / Ensor - Henchman / Secret Service Agent
- This Stage of Fools (1966) ... Donegan (as William Hickman)
- Very Few Heroes (1965) ... Ensor - Henchman
- The Mission: Part 1 (1965) ... Secret Service Agent (uncredited)
 1965 Honey West (TV Series)
- A Nice Little Till to Tap (1965) ... Thug (uncredited)
- A Million Bucks in Anybody's Language (1965) ... Thug (uncredited)
 1964 The Outer Limits (TV Series)
- The Mice (1964) ... Guard (uncredited)
 1963 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
- Ring-A-Ding Girl (1963) ... Pilot (uncredited)
 1963 Temple Houston (TV Series)
- The Dark Madonna (1963)
 1963 Take Her, She's Mine
Wolf-Whistler Who Drives Into Mailbox (uncredited)
 1963 Johnny Cool
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1963 Toys in the Attic
Hood (uncredited)
 1963 The Eleventh Hour (TV Series)
Corrigan / Guard
- The Man Who Came Home Late (1963) ... Corrigan
 1962 Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation
Driver in Bird Walk Scene (uncredited)
 1962 Outlaws (TV Series)
Stranger / Hurch
- Farewell Performance (1962) ... Stranger
- The Bitter Swede (1962) ... Hurch
 1962 The Andy Griffith Show (TV Series)
Motorcycle cop
- Guest of Honor (1962) ... Motorcycle cop
 1962 Cain's Hundred (TV Series)
- Take a Number: Jack Garsell (1962) ... Hood (uncredited)
 1959-1961 The Lawless Years (TV Series)
- The Jonathan Wills Story (1961) ... Detective (uncredited)
- The Joe Angelo Story (1959) ... Detective (uncredited)
- The Billy Boy 'Rockabye' Creel Story (1959) ... Detective (uncredited)
- Lucky Silva (1959) ... Detective (uncredited)
- Framed (1959) ... Detective (uncredited)
 1961 The Deputy (TV Series)
- The Dream (1961) ... Deputy (uncredited)
 1960-1961 Klondike (TV Series)
Prospector / Durain Henchman / Henchman
- Queen of the Klondike (1961) ... Prospector (uncredited)
- Keys to Trouble (1960) ... Durain Henchman (as William Hickman)
- The Unexpected Candidate (1960) ... Henchman
 1960 Lock Up (TV Series)
- Diamond Dupe (1960) ... Burglar
 1960 Bat Masterson (TV Series)
Topaz / Fugitive in Light Shirt / Binns / ...
- The Rage of Princess Ann (1960) ... Topaz
- Blood on the Money (1960) ... Fugitive in Light Shirt (uncredited)
- Welcome to Paradise (1960) ... Binns
- Incident at Fort Bowie (1960) ... Ranch Hand (uncredited)
 1959-1960 Not for Hire (TV Series)
Ambrose / House Detective
- The General's Daughter (1960) ... Ambrose
- The Fall Guy (1959) ... House Detective
 1960 Tombstone Territory (TV Series)
- Memory (1960) ... Todd
 1960 Home from the Hill
Bartender (uncredited)
 1959 Peter Gunn (TV Series)
- The Wolfe Case (1959) ... Max
 1959 Mr. Lucky (TV Series)
- A Business Measure (1959) ... Webb
 1959 Don't Give Up the Ship
Guardsman (uncredited)
 1959 The Beat Generation
Man in Lineup (uncredited)
 1959 Ask Any Girl
Policeman (uncredited)
 1959 The Mating Game
Fleeing Office Worker (uncredited)
 1959 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Slot Machine Player / Blake's Messenger
- The Case of the Romantic Rogue (1959) ... Slot Machine Player (uncredited)
- The Case of the Fraudulent Foto (1959) ... Blake's Messenger (uncredited)
 1958 The Perfect Furlough
Soldier (uncredited)
 1958 Houseboat
Handsome Man (uncredited)
 1958 The Thin Man (TV Series)
Guest at Demonstration
- Robot Client (1958) ... Guest at Demonstration (uncredited)
 1958 Maverick (TV Series)
- Diamond in the Rough (1958) ... Millionaire (uncredited)
 1957 Kiss Them for Me
Party Guest (uncredited)
 1957 Jailhouse Rock
Guard Who Whips Vince (uncredited)
 1957 Raintree County
Townsman (uncredited)
 1957 The Helen Morgan Story
Party Guest (uncredited)
 1957 Appointment with a Shadow
Farrell - Police Detective (uncredited)
 1957 The Joker Is Wild
Hood with Knife (uncredited)
 1957 Ten Thousand Bedrooms
Party Guest (uncredited)
 1956 The Best Things in Life Are Free
Moviegoer at Premiere (uncredited)
 1956 He Laughed Last
Bartender (uncredited)
 1955 Love Me or Leave Me
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
 1955 The Far Horizons
Member of the expedition (uncredited)
 1955 High Society
Piano Recital Guest (uncredited)
 1955 A Bullet for Joey
Macklin's Bodyguard (uncredited)
 1954 Phffft
Studio Technician (uncredited)
 1954 Woman's World
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
 1954 Tobor the Great
Reporter (uncredited)
 1954 Living It Up
Newspaper Office Worker (uncredited)
 1954 Public Defender (TV Series)
Police Officer
- A Call in the Night (1954) ... Police Officer (uncredited)
 1954 Lucky Me
Passerby on Street / Diner (uncredited)
 1954 Loophole
Bank Customer (uncredited)
 1953 Kiss Me Kate
Audience Member (uncredited)
 1953 Jennifer
Club Patron (uncredited)
 1953 Latin Lovers
Dancer on Terrace (uncredited)
 1953 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Ship Passenger (uncredited)
 1953 Code Two
Motorcycle Officer (uncredited)
 1952 My Pal Gus
Courtroom Photographer (uncredited)
 1952 Because You're Mine
G.I. (uncredited)
 1952 Love Is Better Than Ever
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
 1952 Phone Call from a Stranger
Club Patron (uncredited)
 1951 Fixed Bayonets! (uncredited)
 1951 The Unknown Man
Reporter in Courtroom (uncredited)
 1951 Angels in the Outfield
1st Reporter (uncredited)
 1951 Iron Man
Fight Crowd Spectator (uncredited)
 1951 Meet Me After the Show
Court Bailiff (uncredited)
 1950 To Please a Lady
Mike's Pit Crew
 1949 Tulsa
Bill (uncredited)
 1947 It Happened in Brooklyn
Passerby on Street (uncredited)
 1947 The Beginning or the End
Barometric Observer (uncredited)
 1944 See Here, Private Hargrove
Undetermined Role (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1943 Salute to the Marines
Marine (uncredited)
Show Show Stunts (30 credits)
Show Show Self (2 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (3 credits)

Personal Details

Other Works:

Was a driver in stunts on Spinout-Elvis Presley movie 1966

Alternate Names:

William Hickman

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

On his friendship with James Dean, "In those final days, racing was what he cared about most. I had been teaching him things like how to put a car in a four-wheel drift, but he had plenty of skill of his own. If he had lived he might have become a champion driver. We had a running joke, I'd call him Little Bastard and he'd call me Big Bastard. I never stop thinking of those memories."


Before becoming a famous movie stuntman, he was James Dean's driver in 1955 when the latter was killed after a roadside accident. Hickman, driving the Ford station-wagon and trailer that hauled Dean's Porsche 550 Spyder, was the first on the scene when he came upon the accident. See more »

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