The Journal Gazette
Saturday, January 15, 2022 1:00 am

Star of 'Dobie Gillis' from 1960s TV dead

Associated Press

Dwayne Hickman, the actor and network TV executive who despite numerous achievements throughout his life would always be remembered fondly by a generation of baby boomers for his role as Dobie Gillis, has died. He was 87.

Hickman died of complications from Parkinsons on Sunday at his home in Los Angeles, according to a statement from a family representative, B. Harlan Boll. He was surrounded by family members when he died, it said.

Although Hickman went on to appear on other TV shows and in movies, as well as to behind-the-scenes careers as a publicist, talent booker for a prominent Howard Hughes-owned casino in Vegas and TV programming executive for CBS, he could never escape his public connection to “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis,” an instant hit when it debuted in 1959 that was marked by sharp humor and a brilliant cast that also included Bob Denver, Warren Beatty and Tuesday Weld.

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