Born Dwyane Bernard Hickman on the 18th March 1934 in Los Angeles, California USA, he is a retired actor, probably still best known to the world as Chuck MacDonald in the TV series “The Bob Cummings Show” (1955-1959), and as Dobbie Gillis in the TV series “The Namy Loves of Dobie Gillis” (1959-1963), among many other differing appearances. His career was active from the mid- ‘40s until the mid- 2000s.
Have you ever wondered how rich Dwayne Hickman is, as of early 2017? According to authoritative sources it has been estimated that Hickman’s net worth is as high as $500,000, an amount earned largely through his successful career as an actor. Aside from acting, Dwayne worked as executive for CBC and director, which also increased his wealth.
Dwayne Hickman Net Worth $500,000
Dwayne is the younger brother of child star Darryl Hickman; he went to Cathedral High School, and after matriculation enrolled at Loyola University. Although he wanted to become a Passionist priest he opted out from his own realisation.
Dwyane’s professional career began in 1942 with a role in the short comedy film “Melodies Old and New”, while three years later he featured in the Academy Award- nominated drama “Captain Eddie”, starring Fred MacMurray. He started building a name for himself during the ‘40s with roles in such productions as “The Secret Heart” (1946), and “The Boy with Green Hair” (1948), while in 1951 he appeared with his brother in the TV series “The Lone Ranger”; the two also featured together in an episode of the TV series “Men of Anapolis” in 1957. Two years prior, Dwayne was selected for the role of Chuck MacDonald in the TV series “The Bob Cummings Show” (1955-1959), which gained him national attention, and increased his wealth to a large degree.
Soon afterwards, he was cast in the lead role of Dobie Gillis in the TV series “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis”, which lasted from 1959 until 1963, and further increased his net worth. During the ‘60s, Dwayne portrayed several protagonists, mostly in comedies, such as “Ski Party” (1965), “How to Stuff a Wild Bikini” (1965), and “We’ll Take Manhattan” (1967). From the end of the ‘60s, Dwayne’s interest in acting began to fade, and in the next decade he portrayed Dobie Gillis in the made-for-television film “Whatever Happened to Dobie Gillis” in 1977, and also played Sgt. Ed Hutchins in the made-for-television film “Don’t Push, I’ll Charge When I’m Ready”. In the ‘80s he again played Dobie Gillis, this time in another TV movie “Bring Me the Head of Dobie Gillis”, released in 1988, and before his retirement in 2005, he played Brian Thursday in the film “Cops n Roberts” in 1995, then Tripp Mariens in the TV series “Clueless” (1996-1999), and a minor role of hotel receptionist in the film “Angels with Angels”.
Alongside his acting career, Dwayne also worked as a director, and has signed his name to episodes of such TV series as “Designing Women” (1989-1990), “Get a Life” (1990-1991), and “Sister, Sister” (1996), among others, which also added to his net worth.
Regarding his personal life, Dwayne has been married to actress Joan Roberts since 1983; the couple has one child together. Previously, he was married to Carol Christensen from 1963 to 1972, with whom he has one child as well. Also, he was married to Joanne Purtle Papile from 1977 to 1981.
[on Robert Cummings]: I was very green and I learned a great deal from him. He was like a mentor. He taught me everything and a lot of people say, "I acted like him," which I probably did because he was telling me how to do it, and I was kind of imitating somewhat. But no, I learned a great deal and I probably never gotten Dobie without Cummings. He was a very talented man, a big star, a big movie star!
[on his on- and off-screen chemistry with Robert Cummings, who played Bob Collins]: I loved Bob, he was wonderful, he took me aside, and he said, "You know, Chuck" [he always called me Chuck], I don't think he knew my name. But anyway, he called me Chuck, and he said, "You have a wonderful opportunity here to go to school, and learn comedy from me." But he was right, "You're getting paid to go to school, on comedy." And you know, we had run-ins every year.
[on Warren Beatty]: Warren Beatty has always acted like a Movie Star even when no one knew who he was. I think that he denies being on the show because he didn't want anyone to think he began on television, If he ever decides to run for President of the United States, that would be interesting. In a Dobie episode, we ran against one another for class president -- I don't remember now who won!
[on Dobie Gillis as the "original yuppie"]: His only ambition was to have a girlfriend, a car and money. He represents the morality of the 50's.
[on his best-known character]: Dobie was so well written and so ahead of its time. The spinning frames, the short clipped scenes, the rapid-fire delivery - it was the MTV of its time. Breaking the fourth wall and having Dobie talk to the audience was ground-breaking.