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Who Is Howard Hesseman? Get To Know The Don Sturdy Of The 1960 Hollywood


Howard Hesseman is a retired Hollywood actor. Since the late 1960s, Howard Hesseman has been a key player in the counterculture. In the 1960s and 1970s, he was a member of the improv ensemble "the Committee" for ten years. Since the 1960s, he has worked as a character actor on a variety of television shows.

Howard Hesseman Bio

Interview with Howard Hesseman

Howard Hesseman was born in the Oregon town of Lebanon, Oregon, on February 27, 1940. Edna (née Forster) and George Henry Hesseman are his parents. His parents got divorced when he was five years old, and he was raised by his mother and stepfather who was a police officer.

Where is Howard Hesseman from? Howard Hesseman was from Lebanon, Oregon, United States. Howard graduated from Silverton High School in 1958 and attended the University of Oregon for college.

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He dropped out of the University of Oregon to pursue a career on the stage in San Francisco. He joined The Committee, an improv group that comprised Rob Reiner and Penny Marshall, there under the stage name, Don Sturdy which was kind of an inside joke. In at least four projects, he played Don Sturdy: Dragnet 1967 (1967), The Andy Griffith Show (1960), Cisco Pike (1971), and Billy Jack (1971). (1971).

What is Howard Hesseman real name? Hesseman's real name is Howard Hesseman. He only used the stage name Don Sturdy as an actor.

Howard Hesseman Movies

Loni Anderson (Jennifer Marlowe) and Howard Hesseman (Dr. Johnny Fever) for WKRP In Cincinnati with signatures in blue felt tip pen
Loni Anderson (Jennifer Marlowe) and Howard Hesseman (Dr. Johnny Fever) for WKRP In Cincinnati with signatures in blue felt tip pen

Since the 1960s, he has worked as a character actor on a variety of television shows, including The Andy Griffith Show (1960), Dragnet 1967 (1967), Soap (1977), and Sanford and Son (1972). Howard Johnson in the cult classic Billy Jack was the role that catapulted him to fame (1971). Since then, he has worked in film and television.

He appeared on The Bob Newhart Show (1972) frequently as a guest star, but the best was yet to come. As anti-disco DJ Dr. Johnny Fever on the iconic sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati (1978), he may be remembered for the rest of his life. Hesseman also had brief roles in The Sunshine Boys (1975), Tunnel Vision (1976), Silent Movie (1976), and The Big Bus (1976). (1976).

Following the demise of WKRP in Cincinnati in 1978, he went on to star in One Day at a Time as Ann Romano's husband (1975). Following the cancellation of the series, Hesseman went on to star in more cult favorites, including This Is Spinal Tap (1984), Doctor Detroit (1983), Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985), Clue (1985), and Flight of the Navigator (1985). (1986).

He then landed another role on television, this time as a high school teacher in the sitcom Head of the Class (1986). He was intelligent, witty, and enjoyable to watch as Mr. Moore. Since leaving the show in 1990, Hesseman has had a constant stream of television guest parts.

In 1987, he starred in the star-studded Amazon Women on the Moon, and in 1991, he starred in Rubin and Ed, a bizarre film (1991). Since then, he's appeared in a few more films, including Gridlock'd (1997), which he co-starred in alongside Tupac Shakur.

In recent years, he has largely appeared in modest guest parts on television shows such as That '70s Show (1998), Touched by an Angel (1994), The Practice (1997), and Crossing Jordan (2001).

He later worked as an announcer on "Psych" before making his first appearance on "ER" in the 2007 season opener, in which he played a man who has been influenced by magic mushrooms. He also starred in the New Theatre Restaurant in Overland Park, Kansas, in the production of "The Sunshine Boys" in 2010. He had a guest role on "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" the following year. In 2018, he completed a number of promotional tasks, mostly for old television episodes on the MeTV network.

What Happened To Howard Hesseman?

WKRP's HOWARD HESSEMAN on Joey Cramer (Flight of the Navigator) & child actor struggles

Howard Hesseman, who has been the star of ABC's "Head of the Class" for four years and has complained about it for almost as long, is leaving the show.

Hesseman shared that the reason why he is leaving is "to pursue various non-series projects with more flexibility than starring in a series allows me."

That appears to be an attempt to shut out the idea of him repeating his part as Dr. Johnny Fever when "WKRP in Cincinnati" returns to the airwaves next year in syndicated form.


Hesseman has built a reputation as a talented and varied character actor since the beginning of his career in the 1960s. He is currently living a private life and he rarely posts on his social media accounts.

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