Classic movie fans got some tragic news this weekend when reports revealed Hollywood icon Dwayne Hickman had died at the age of 87.
According to a Vanity Fair report cited by the Washington Examiner, Hickman’s death was due to complications associated with Parkinson’s disease.
A Hollywood legend
The Examiner reported that Hickman, who was born in 1934, got his start in acting with films like The Boy With the Green Hair and The Grapes of Wrath.
He spent his teenage years appearing on The Bob Cummings Show alongside comedian Chuck MacDonald. In 1959, Hickman went on to land his best known role as the titular character Dobie Gillis in The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.
According to the Examiner, Hickman transitioned from acting to producing in the 1970s, when he worked on such hits as Maude, M*A*S*H, and Designing Women.
The entertainment star is survived by his wife, Joan Roberts, along with his sons Albert and John, the Examiner said.
Tragedy after tragedy
Tragically, Hickman was not the only famous name to pass away suddenly in recent days. Fox News reports that comedian and family television icon Bob Saget was found dead on Sunday in an Orlando hotel room.
“An autopsy was performed this morning on Robert Lane Saget,” explained Joshua Stephany, who serves as chief medical examiner of Orange and Osceola Counties. “The cause and manner of death are pending further studies and investigation,” Stephany said. “At this time, there is no evidence of drug use or foul play.”
Actress Jodie Sweetin starred alongside Saget on the ABC sitcom Full House, and she reacted to his death by sharing an emotional post on her Instagram account.
“Thirty-five years ago, we came together as a TV family, but we became a real family,” Sweetin wrote. “And now we grieve as a family.
“Bob made us laugh until we cried,” she added, calling her former co-star “sweet, kind, hilarious, cherished.” She stressed that Saget “was a brother to us guys, a father to us girls and a friend to all of us.”
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