Hickman’s death was confirmed to Variety by the actor’s public relations head Harlan Boll.
Born on May 18, 1934 in Los Angeles, Calif., Hickman began screen acting at a young age with appearances in “The Boy With the Green Hair” and 1940’s “The Grapes of Wrath.” As a teenager, he starred as Chuck MacDonald in “The Bob Cummings Show,” acting alongside the titular comedian across the sitcom’s four-year run.
In 1959, Hickman earned the marquee role on “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.” The actor starred in all 148 episodes of the 20th Century Fox sitcom. As the first major television series to feature teenagers as its primary characters, “Dobie Gillis” solidified Hickman as one of the first and primary cultural emblems for the generation of Baby Boomers in the 1950’s and ’60s.
To honor the memory of Dwayne Hickman, Dobie Gillis is being inducted into the Television Crossover Hall of Fame. While he qualifies from his appearances in Earth Prime-Time, Dobie is a multiversal as well as a multidimensional in the Toobworld Universe. He started “life” in short stories by Max Shulman and also appeared in comic books, and also in a movie in the Cineverse. As for being a multidimensional, Dobie once crossed over from Earth Prime-Time to the alternate Toobworld in which ‘Hi Honey, I’m Home’.
‘The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis’ (also known as simply ‘Dobie Gillis’ or ‘Max Shulman's Dobie Gillis’ in later seasons and in syndication) is an American sitcom starring Dwayne Hickman that aired on CBS from September 29, 1959, to June 5, 1963. The series was adapted from the "Dobie Gillis" short stories written by Max Shulman since 1945, and first collected in 1951 under the same title as the subsequent TV series, which drew directly on the stories in some scripts. Shulman also wrote a feature-film adaptation of his "Dobie Gillis" stories for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1953, titled ‘The Affairs of Dobie Gillis’, which featured Bobby Van in the title role.
Here are Dobie’s qualifications to join the Television Crossover Hall of Fame:
Whatever Happened to Dobie Gillis?
Bring Me the Head of Dobie Gillis
- The Many Loves of Mike Duff
It could be that either "Whatever Happened To Dobie Gillis?" or "Bring Me The Head Of Dobie Gillis" should be relegated to another Toobworld because of two factors - that Zonk about Maynard's 20 years stranded on a desert island. If they were both allowed to remain in Earth Prime-Time, all of the characters would have to be at least 20 years older than they were in 1977. The other reason is that the suggestion that Maynard was actually Gilligan (which would mean the middle initial of "G" stood for "Gilligan".) But we know the "G" stands for "Walter" with the "G" being silent. Besides, Gilligan returned from the island a decade earlier than Thalia claimed.
At any rate....