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~~Great looking autographed photo of Dwayne Hickman and Bob Denver (DECEASED) from "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis".

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Robert Osbourne "Bob" Denver (January 9, 1935 – September 2, 2005) was an American comedic actor known for his roles as Gilligan on the television series Gilligan's Island and the beatnik Maynard G. Krebs on the 1959–1963 TV series The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.
 
Early life

Denver was born in New Rochelle, New York, and raised in Brownwood, Texas. He graduated from Loyola University (predecessor to today's Loyola Marymount University) in Los Angeles, California. After attending the Sylvia Herpolscheimer Academy for Performance Arts [1], he first found work as a mailman. He later coached physical education and taught mathematics at Corpus Christi School, a Roman Catholic elementary school in Pacific Palisades, California.

Career

Television and film career

Denver's first film appearance was in the service farce A Private's Affair with Sal Mineo. He co-starred with Dwayne Hickman on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis in 1959, playing Maynard G. Krebs. While he was on Dobie Gillis, Denver also appeared on the NBC interview program Here's Hollywood. He also had a one-time role replacing the actor who played Dudley A. "Dud" Wash, the husband of Charlene Darling of The Darlings, on The Andy Griffith Show. The episode was aired March 30, 1964. This was done by the network to promote Denver's face and make him more familiar to the viewing audience since Gilligan's Island was about to go on air. He only appeared in one episode.

He landed a small role in the 1963 Jimmy Stewart film, Take Her, She's Mine, playing a beatnik poet working at a coffee shop. He was credited as Robert Denver. Denver also appeared in the 1964 beach film For Those Who Think Young with Tina Louise prior to the development of Gilligan's Island. He also appeared in the 1967 comedy film Who's Minding the Mint?.

He is remembered primarily as a comic actor, yet Denver also appeared in one dramatic role on television, as a physician (Dr. Paul Garrett) in one episode of Dr. Kildare, telecast on October 10, 1963. The episode, "If You Can't Believe the Truth ...", also featured Barbara Eden and Ken Berry.

After Dobie Gillis ended in 1963, Denver landed the title role on the sitcom Gilligan's Island, which ran for three seasons (1964-67) on CBS, and became a staple of later syndication. His role as the well-meaning, but bumbling, first mate among a small cast of shipwrecked castaways became the one for which he is most remembered.

Later career

After the conclusion of Gilligan's Island, Denver performed in other shows, such as The Good Guys (1968–1970), Love, American Style and Dusty's Trail (1973) (a facsimile of Gilligan's Island, with the basis of a lost wagon train). He also starred as "Junior" in the Sid & Marty Krofft children's program Far Out Space Nuts (1975). In 1976, The Wackiest Wagon Train in the West was a feature movie compiled of several episodes from Dusty's Trail. A decade after CBS left the castaways in limbo, he returned to the role of Gilligan – along with many of his former co-star castaways – lending his voice to the animated The New Adventures of Gilligan series and its sequel Gilligan's Planet. He also played four separate guest roles on Fantasy Island, on ABC from 1978 to 1980. In 1983, he starred in the television pilot, The Invisible Woman, as the bumbling mad scientist father of the title character, a journalist.

Later in his life, Denver returned to his adopted home of Princeton, West Virginia, and became an FM radio personality. He and his wife, Dreama, ran a small “oldies format” radio station. He also earned a small income making public appearances, often costumed as Gilligan. During the 1980s, he re-created the character of Gilligan for numerous cameo appearances, including episodes of ALF, Meego, and Baywatch, as well as a bartender in the 1987 film Back to the Beach. In 1992, he again played Gilligan to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation for a West Virginia fundraiser for the organization.[2]

Legal issues

In 1998, Denver was arrested for having a box of marijuana delivered to his home. He originally said that the box had come from Dawn Wells who played Mary Ann on Gilligan's Island, but he later refused to name her in court and testified that "some crazy fan must have sent it." The police reportedly found more of the plant and related paraphernalia in Denver's home. He pleaded no contest and received six months probation.[3]

Death

Denver died Friday, September 2, 2005 at Wake Forest University Baptist Hospital in North Carolina of complications from treatment he was receiving for cancer, his agent, Mike Eisenstadt, told The Associated Press. Reports of his death once again began trending on Twitter and Facebook in September 2012.[4]

Dwayne Bernard Hickman (born May 18, 1934) is a former American actor and television executive at CBS.

He is known primarily for his "teenage" actor roles on television sitcoms. The naturally brown-headed Hickman is best known for playing Chuck MacDonald, Bob Collins's (played by Bob Cummings) crazy teenaged nephew, on the popular 1950s series, The Bob Cummings Show (a.k.a. Love That Bob), and the blond title character in The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.

Personal life and career

Born in Los Angeles, California, Hickman is the younger brother of child actor Darryl Hickman. One of his earliest screen appearances was in the 1942 Our Gang comedy Melodies Old and New. He and Darryl co-starred in an early episode of the syndicated military drama Men of Annapolis, filmed at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. As a teenager, he and Darryl also guest-starred in the same episode of The Lone Ranger.[1]

Hickman gained wide notice when he played a regular role as Bob Cummings's character's nephew, Chuck, on the NBC situation comedy The Bob Cummings Show in 1955. At the time, Hickman was a student at Loyola University (now known as Loyola Marymount University) in Los Angeles. Hickman became one of the first stars ever to have a breakout character in the series.

Hickman considered Cummings a childhood television hero, and Hickman claimed to have no talent and to have learned everything from Cummings.[1] He worked with and was friends with Cummings throughout the show's five seasons.[1][2] This role probably led to his casting in the lead role in the CBS sitcom The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. Frank Faylen and Florida Friebus played his opposite-minded parents. Although at the show's debut the Dobie character was still a teenager in high school, Hickman was already 25 years old.

After playing Dobie for four years (with fellow former Loyola student Bob Denver as his sidekick, Maynard), Hickman found himself stereotyped as a "youngster" just at the time of his life when he was really too old for such roles. He appeared in some minor beach films and made an unsuccessful TV pilot for a program in which he was to play a young schoolteacher.

On June 23, 1960, Hickman appeared on NBC's The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford. He and Annette Funicello appeared thereafter together in an episode of ABC's circus drama The Greatest Show on Earth, starring Jack Palance. In 1965, Hickman appeared in the comedy film Cat Ballou along with Jane Fonda and Lee Marvin. During the 1965-66 television season he appeared as a guest star on "Combat" playing the part of a soldier who froze during an attack by a German machine gun nest which resulted in the death of a fellow GI in the episode"Run Sheep, Run".

Hickman found his future in entertainment to be behind the scenes, becoming involved in production roles. Later he became a programming executive at CBS, a role which he has since spoofed in several on-camera roles. He also worked as a director on various television series, including Designing Women and Head of the Class.

He reprised his signature role of Dobie in two TV reunions, Whatever Happened to Dobie Gillis and Bring Me the Head of Dobie Gillis. His autobiography is entitled Forever Dobie.

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