Howard-Hesseman
Howard Hesseman | Biography

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  • Full Name Howard Hasseman
  • Occupation Former Actor
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace Lebanon, Oregon, USA
  • Birth Date Feb 27, 1940
  • Age 81 Years, 10 Months
Former American Actor

Howard Hesseman | Biography

Actor of sitcom 'Head of the Class' & 'WRKP In Cincinnati'

He then made numerous television and film appearances before landing a breakout role as Dr. Johnny Fever, a veteran DJ, in the CBS comedy sitcom 'WKRP in Cincinnati' (1978-1982). For his role in the sitcom, he was nominated for ‘Primetime Emmy Awards’ ‘Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Variety or Music Series’ in 1980 and 1981. He reprised his role of Johnny Fever in the sequel 'The New WKRP in Cincinnati' from 1991 to 1993.


Hesseman is an American former actor most recognized as Dr. Johnny Fever on WKRP in Cincinnati (1978-1982) and Charlie Moore on Head of the Class (1986-1991). 

Who is Howard Hasseman?

Howard Hesseman was born in Lebanon, Oregon, on 27 February 1940, to Edna Forster and George Henry Hesseman. He went to Silverton High School and after graduating in 1958, he joined the University of Oregon. However, he quit university after two years to pursue an acting career. Subsequently moved to San Francisco and joined an improvisational comedy group called The Committee.

Then, in 1968, he launched his television career and rose to prominence after portraying the role of Dr. Johnny Fever in the CBS comedy sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati from 1978 to 1982. After that, he landed another significant television role in the ABC comedy sitcom Head of the Class as Charlie Moore, which he played from 1986 to 1990. Moreover, he has more than 150 acting credits, and his last acting role was as Big Oil in the 2018 comedy film Dirty Politics.

Career

Hasseman made his on-screen acting debut in 1968, initially working under the pseudonym Don Sturdy. As Don Sturdy, he appeared in at least two television shows and two films such as The Andy Griffith ShowDragnet 1967Billy Jack, and Cisco Pike between 1968 and 1971.

He also showcased his acting talent in the CBS variety show television series The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in 1968 and 1969 as a member of the improv The Committee.

He then made numerous television and film appearances before landing a breakout role as Dr. Johnny Fever, a veteran DJ, in the CBS comedy sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati (1978-1982). For his role in the sitcom, he was nominated for ‘Primetime Emmy Awards’ ‘Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Variety or Music Series’ in 1980 and 1981. He reprised his role of Johnny Fever in the sequel The New WKRP in Cincinnati from 1991 to 1993.

From 1982 to 1984, Hesseman appeared in a recurring role as Sam Royer in the comedy sitcom One Day at a Time. He then appeared in a series regular role as teacher Charlie Moore on the ABC comedy Head of the Class from 1986 to 1990. He left the show after four seasons. According to him, he left the show “to pursue various non-series projects with more flexibility than starring in a series allows him.”

His film credits include Police Academy 3: Their First Assignment (1985), Flight of the Navigator (1986), Rubin and Ed (1991), Gridlock’d (1997), About Schmidt (2002), and Dirty Politics (2018).

Net Worth

Hesseman’s net worth is estimated to be $5 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

Personal Life

Hesseman has been married three times. He first married Karen Saintsure in 1960. However, they got divorced within a year, in 1961. Then, he was married to Catherin Maison for nearly a decade, from 1965 to 1974. After which he married actress Caroline Ducrocq on 22 July 1989.

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