Hollywood Veteran Darryl Hickman Passes Away at 92

Hollywood Veteran Darryl Hickman Passes Away at 92
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Dar­ryl Hick­man, a Hol­ly­wood icon whose career spanned over five decades, passed away on Wednes­day, May 22nd, 2024, at the age of 92. His fam­i­ly con­firmed the news to Deadline.

Born in Hol­ly­wood, Hick­man began act­ing as a child, secur­ing con­tracts with pres­ti­gious stu­dios like Para­mount and MGM in the late 1930s. He achieved ear­ly acclaim for his por­tray­al of Win­field, the youngest Joad, in John Ford’s 1940 adap­ta­tion of “The Grapes of Wrath.”

Hick­man con­tin­ued to shine as a teenag­er, notably play­ing the younger ver­sion of Van Heflin’s char­ac­ter in the 1946 noir film “The Strange Love of Martha Ivers.” Through­out his career, he amassed over 40 film cred­its, includ­ing “The Star Mak­er” (1939), “Untamed” (1940), “Men of Boys Town” (1941), and “Rhap­sody in Blue” (1945).

The tran­si­tion to adult roles proved chal­leng­ing, but Hick­man per­se­vered, secur­ing sup­port­ing parts in films like “Net­work” (1976) and “Sharky’s Machine” (1981). He also found suc­cess on Broad­way, tak­ing over the role of J. Pier­re­pont Finch in the orig­i­nal pro­duc­tion of “How to Suc­ceed in Busi­ness With­out Real­ly Trying.”

Beyond act­ing, Hick­man explored screen­writ­ing and tele­vi­sion lead­er­ship. He served near­ly five years as head of day­time pro­gram­ming for CBS.

Hick­man’s per­son­al life endured tragedy. He was mar­ried to actress Pamela Lin­coln, his co-star in “The Tin­gler” (1959), but their mar­riage end­ed in divorce (1982). Their son, Justin, died by sui­cide at 19 in 1985.

Dar­ryl Hick­man’s pass­ing sig­ni­fies the end of an era. As one of the last child stars from Hol­ly­wood’s Gold­en Age, his cap­ti­vat­ing per­for­mances and last­ing influ­ence will con­tin­ue to inspire.

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