Hilly Hicks

Hilly Gene Hicks Sr. (born May 4, 1950 in Los Angeles, California[1]) is an American character actor.

Hilly Hicks
Hicks (in tire) and Stu Gilliam in Roll Out, 1973.
Hilly Gene Hicks

(1950-05-04) May 4, 1950
Years active19691985
Spouse(s)Greta Johnson Mandell
ChildrenHilly Hicks Jr.


The role for which Hicks is perhaps best known is Lewis Moore (the younger son of Alex Haley's second great-grandfather Chicken George) in the TV mini-series Roots. He appeared in the programs Adam-12, The Bill Cosby Show, Night Gallery, Hill Street Blues, M*A*S*H (appearing twice; once as a soldier trying to steal penicillin and again as an Army medic), Roll Out! (a short-lived sitcom created by M*A*S*H's Larry Gelbart & Gene Reynolds),[2] the TV movie Friendly Fire, the theatrical movies Gray Lady Down and Raise the Titanic. He appeared as Robbie Robertson in the 1977 television movie pilot for the CBS series The Amazing Spider-Man, and did voicework in Hanna Barbera's 1970s Godzilla TV cartoon. He also played Brent in the period film and mini-series Louisiana.

Hicks is currently the senior pastor of Inglewood First United Methodist Church in Inglewood, California. He is the father of playwright Hilly Hicks, Jr.


  1. "California Birth Index, 1905-1995 [database on-line]". Provo, Utah: The Generations Network, Inc. 2005. Retrieved 2009-07-12.
  2. Riley, Clayton (October 28, 1973). Hicks also appeared in Barnaby Jones; episode titled "Dangerous Summer"(02/11/1975). Two Black Shows Get Stuck, Another Really Rolls; ' Roll Out' is not just a winner, it's a dazzler. 'Shaft' and 'Tenafly,' however, are a dull ride. New York Times

Demetria Fulton previewed Hilly Hicks on Barnaby Jones; episode titled "Dangerous Summer" (02/11/1975).

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