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Actor Dwayne Hickman’s Cause of Death at 87 Revealed


It’s with a broken heart we inform that ‘Many Loves of Dobie Gillis’ star has passed away at 87. To read all the details surrounding Dwayne Hickman’s cause of death, stay up with us.

According to a spokesperson for the Hickman family, the star “died peacefully, surrounded by family, at home in Los Angeles.” He died due to complications from Parkinson’s disease.

Dwayne Hickman was born in Los Angeles, California, on born May 18, 1934. He was a former actor and television executive, director, and producer who worked as an executive at CBS and has also briefly recorded as a vocalist.

Actor Dwayne Hickman's Cause of Death at 87 Revealed
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He portrayed Chuck MacDonald, Bob Collins’ girl-crazy nephew, in the 1950s The Bob Cummings Show and the title character in The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.

In the late 1980s, he turned to direct episodic TV, doing episodes of Designing Women, Get a Life, Head of the Class, Duet, Charles in Charge, Open House, Harry, and the Hendersons, and Sister, Sister.

He still occasionally acted, appearing in A Night at the Roxbury, Murder, and She Wrote. He also had a semi-regular role on the TV series Clueless.

Hickman was the younger brother of actor Darryl Hickman, with whom he has starred on screen.

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What led to Dwayne Hickman’s Death?

Dwayne Hickman’s cause of death is related to complications from Parkinson’s disease. His death was confirmed by the actor’s public relations head Harlan Boll.

Hickman began screen acting at a young age with starring at “The Boy With the Green Hair” and “The Grapes of Wrath.” As a teenager, Hickman appeared in “The Bob Cummings Show” as Chuck MacDonald, acting alongside the titular comedian across the sitcom’s four-year run.

In 1959, he earned the marquee role on “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.” The American actor starred in all 148 episodes of the 20th Century Fox sitcom.

Actor Dwayne Hickman's Cause of Death at 87 Revealed
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After attending Loyola University and earning a degree in economics, he returned to entertainment to act in films such as “Ski Party,” “How to Stuff a Wild Bikini,” and “Cat Ballou.”

Beyond film, Dwayne also acted in television series and performed on stage in touring productions. In the 1970s, he became a network executive at CBS Television.

Dwayne supervised productions such as “M*A*S*H,” “Maude,” and “Designing Women.” He also directed various episodes of different half-hour comedies.

The actor appeared and produced in “Bring Me the Head of Dobie Gillis,” a reunion feature for his classic sitcom that aired on CBS. He also had a co-starring role in “Saving Gilligan’s Island” and “The Night at the Roxbury” and a recurring role in UPN TV’s “Clueless.”

Beyond acting, Hickman was a practicing artist, painting various house and landscape series in oils. Hickman also co-authored his biography, “Forever Dobie: The Many Lives of Dwayne Hickman,” alongside his wife, Joan Roberts.

He married three times. First, he tied the knot with actress Carol Christensen. For the second time, he briefly married singer Joanne Papile. In 1983, Dwayne wed Joan Roberts, who he remained married to for the remainder of his life.

Hickman is survived by his wife and his two sons, Albert and John Hickman.

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Reactions to Dwayne Hickman’s Death

After the sad news of Dwayne Hickman’s death was revealed, his friends and social media users flooded social media with tribute messages. Many fans also took to Twitter to pay Pigonant tributes to him.

“Dwayne Hickman, who had roles in a variety of TV shows and films, but is most remembered as the lead (along with Bob Denver as Maynard) in the often rather surrealistic “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis” TV series (’59 to ‘63), has died at 87. I love that show. Peace,” Lauren Weinstein wrote.

Vanished Chicagoland wrote: “Dwayne Hickman, star of the television series Dobie Gillis, passed away today. He was 87. Featured on the cover of The Sunday Chicago’s American TV Pictorial Magazine dated July 2, 1961. He was a marvelous actor. R.I.P.”

“#RIP Dwayne Hickman, great as irrepressible teens on ‘The Bob Cummings Show’ & ‘The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.’ A ‘Dobie’ opening monologue: “My name is Dobie Gillis, and I love girls. I’m not a wolf, mind you. A wolf wants lots of girls; I just want one,” Mike Barnes tweeted.

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George Pennacchio wrote: “WE LOST DOBIE. I can confirm actor Dwayne Hickman, one of TV’s early stars, died peacefully this morning at the age of 87 from complications of Parkinson’s Disease. He got his big break in the early ’50s on ‘The Bob Cummings Show.’”

“When that ended, he took on his signature sitcom role, playing the title character in ‘The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.’ Dwayne would go on to the movies. He starred with Jane Fonda and Lee Marvin in ‘Cat Ballou.’ He made ‘How to Stuff a Wild Bikini’ and ‘Ski Party’ with Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon.

He added: “Dwayne later became a TV executive, a TV director, and then he switched gears to became a painter, something he always wanted to do. He created some beautiful work, often focusing on the beauty of nature. He was a talented and kind man. May he R.I.P.”

“RIP Dwayne Hickman, a blonde only in the first season of CBS’ “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis” (1959-1963). Tuesday Weld was originally a regular, and Warren Beatty appeared in several first-season episodes as Dobie’s romantic rival,” Lou Lumenick wrote on Twitter.

“RIP Dwayne Hickman. Some of you are probably not old enough to remember “Dobie Gillis.” A great early TV show. Dwayne went on to become a CBS network executive that I worked with for several years. Such a sweet man. A true TV pioneer and legend IMO. Rest my friend,” Willie Aames wrote on Facebook.

David Ghosty Wills said: “R.I.P. Dwayne Hickman. I’ve been a lifelong fan of “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis” ever since I first caught it in reruns as a kid. A smarter 60’s sitcom you’d be hard-pressed to find. I also enjoyed him on “The Bob Cummings Show” and loads of other projects.”

He continued: “I requested an interview with him some time ago, and even though our schedules didn’t, align I was thrilled to even get an email back from him. “Holy mackerel! Dobie Gillis just sent me an email!”. Nice guy. He’ll certainly be missed, but the work lives on.”

“My brother Walt and I watched this show religiously. He walked into the room on time and said, is that Dobie Gillis? And Dobie, without missing a beat, said that’s me, all right. I think we thought the tv could hear us. Loved Dwayne Hickman,” one fan wrote.

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  1. Fireman DK January 9, 2022

    I believe it was his brother Darryl who was in “Grapes of Wrath”…That said, “Dobie Gillis” holds up well and has to be up there in my top 20 of all time great TV shows……RIP Dwayne…….

    1. US day News January 10, 2022

      He was a fantastic human, and with no doubt, his memories will remains with us forever. May he rest in peace.


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