Dwayne Hickman, who played Maynard G. Krebs in the The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis and was a frequent guest star on The Dick Van Dyke Show, has died. He was 87.
Hickman’s daughter Ryan Michelle Bathe tells Variety her father died at home surrounded by family after a battle with cancer.
In addition to a long-running role on Dobie Gillis, a CBS series that aired from 1959-1963 and had a revival in syndication several years later, Hickman was the first celebrity to appear on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. He appeared on the show on February 1, 1962.
Hickman also served two years in the U.S. Army and appeared with Robert Young in Father Knows Best and in various roles on The Bob Cummings Show, a variety show that starred his friend and Gillis co-star Bob Denver.
As Maynard G. Krebs, Hickman inspired the formation of numerous college A cappella singing groups such as the Stanford Tree.
In the 1970s, Hickman made guest appearances on such shows as The Streets of San Francisco and Emergency! In 1977 he co-starred in ABC’s short-lived comedy series Ohara about an American samurai who finds himself adrift in Japan after a family member is beheaded during a power struggle at the end of the Tokugawa Era.
Hickman appeared with fellow Gillis cast member Stanley Livingston in a 1976 episode of The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries on ABC and with Denver in a 1982 episode of Dynasty.
His many other TV credits also included Grey’s Anatomy, Murder She Wrote, Dr. Kildare and Police Woman.
Hickman was born in Fort Worth, Texas. He served as a radio operator during the Korean War and on his return turned to acting after appearing in a Pasadena Playhouse production of The Petrified Forest.