Producer, actor, and TV director Dwayne Bernard Hickman, best known for his role during the 50s and 1960s show "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, died on Sunday, aged 87.

According to a report from Variety the actor died because of complications relating to Parkinson's disease.

The news of his death was confirmed to the outlet by the actor's public relations head, Harlan Boll.

After appearing in a handful of small parts in TV and movie shows during his youth, Dwayne Hickman gave up acting in 1950 to focus on studying.

In addition to his most well-known television show, Hickman was also on "The Bob Cummings Show" prior to his role as the titular Dobie Gillis. This show aired for 147 episodes from 1959 and 1963.

He also released his autobiography, co-written by the wife of his Joan Roberts Hickman, in 1995. The title referred to the character Forever Dobie.

Dwayne Hickman has also appeared in other famous US films of the past including Cat Ballou, How to Stuff a Wild Bikini, Dr. Goldfoot,

and the Bikini Machine and Ski Party, as well as television shows like The Mod Squad Love, American Style and Clueless.