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“The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis” star Dwayne Hickman has died at 87

Actor Dwayne Hickman, better known as the star of the television series “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis”, has died at the age of 87.

Hickman’s publicist Harlan Boll has confirmed his death to Fox News Digital on behalf of the deceased actor’s family. Boll noted that he died on January 9 in Los Angeles, California, due to complications from Parkinson’s disease.

In addition to his most well-known television success, Hickman was also on “The Bob Cummings Show” before playing the lead role of Dobie Gillis, which lasted 147 episodes between 1959 and 1963. The series saw the cut crew wearing Hickman like a 25 – 1 year old college student always tries to woo the most beautiful and inaccessible girls in town. His friend and co-star, Bob Denber of “Gilligan’s Island,” played his best friend, Maynard G. Krebs.

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TV star Dwayne Hickman has died aged 87.
(The Hickman Family Archives)

In the statement announcing his death, Boll made sure to note that Hickman’s death date fell on the exact same day as Denver’s birthday.

After the show ended, Hickman attended Loyola University where he earned a BS in Economics before returning to show business with films for AIP such as “How to Stuff a Wild Bikini” with Annette Funicello and ” Ski Party “with Frankie Avalon. He also starred alongside Jane Fonda and Oscar winner Lee Marvin in the 1965 film “Cat Ballou”.

Dwayne Hickman was good friends with "Gilligan Island" co-starring Bob Denver.

Dwayne Hickman was good friends with “Gilligan’s Island” co-star Bob Denver.
(The Hickman Family Archives)

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Meanwhile, his other TV credits include “The Lone Ranger”, “The Loretta Young Show”, “Wagon Train”, “Ironside”, “The Flying Nun”, “The Mod Squad”, “Combat”, “Ellery Queen “,” Murder, She Wrote “and” Clueless “.

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Dwayne Hickman, star of "The many loves of Dobie Gillis" died at the age of 87.

Dwayne Hickman, star of “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis” has died at the age of 87.
(The Hickman Family Archives)

In the 1970s, Hickman served as director of entertainment at the Howard Hughes Landmark Hotel in Las Vegas. He then returned to television, this time as a Network Director at CBS Television for about 10 years, working on shows like “Maude”, “M * A * S * H” and “Designing Women”. He eventually returned on camera for the CBS Movie of the Week, “Bring Me The Head Of Dobie Gillis,” which brought him together in Denver.

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