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Stream On: Bob Denver, from best friend to first mate

outerbanksvoice.com
 2021-06-17

Cover picture for the articleIn 1957, grammer-school teacher and phys-ed coach Bob Denver was permitted to audition for a role on the new sitcom The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis as a favor to his sister, who was a secretary on the production lot. He had had one small part in Universal Television’s The Secret Service and knew the new series’ star, Dwayne Hickman, with whom he had acted in college productions at Loyola University. He became the series’ breakout character, best friend of Dobie, TV’s first beatnik, who stole every scene he was in.

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