DWAYNE Hickman, star of the 1960s sitcom The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, has died after battling Parkinson’s disease.
Hickman made a name for himself playing teenaged characters on Dobie Gillis and also on The Bob Cummings Show.
According to Hickman’s publicist Harlan Boll, the actor died of complications related to Parkinson’s disease.
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis was a popular CBS comedy that ran from 1959-1963.
Hickman famously played the title character who often lusted after the most beautiful girls in school.
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The actor was born on May 18, 1934 in Los Angeles and began acting at age six.
He appeared in a handful of films before obtaining a degree from Loyola Marymount University while simultaneously working on The Bob Cummings Show.
On The Bob Cummings Show, Hickman played teenager Chuck MacDonald, Cummings’ nephew.
That show ran on NBC and CBS for five seasons and led to Hickman’s big break in Dobie Gillis.
In addition to his television work, Hickman appeared in a number of films throughout this career.
He played a con man in 1965’s Cat Ballou alongside Oscar winner Lee Marvin and Jane Fonda and also appeared in a handful of beach party movies that same year.
Later in his career, Hickman had roles on a number of television shows including The Lone Ranger, Wagon Train, Murder, She Wrote, and Clueless.
In 1994, he authored an autobiography entitled Forever Dobie: The Many Lives of Dwayne Hickman.
Hickman’s brother, Darryl, was also an actor in his youth before moving onto other ventures.
In 1983, Hickman married actress Joan Roberts. Together, they shared a son, Albert.
Hickman also had a son, John, from a previous marriage.