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Howard Hesseman

Mostly Credited As: Howard Hesseman
Sometimes Credited As: Don Sturdy

Birth Name: George Howard Hesseman
Date Of Birth: February 27, 1940 (Age 74)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Lebanon, Oregon
Height: 6' (1.82 m)

Howard Hesseman


Howard Hesseman was born on February 27, 1940 in the small town of Lebanon, Oregon. He attended the University of Oregon in Eugene before moving to San Francisco to help create the improv group, "The Committee". He worked with that group for many years. He began performing as a character actor on various television shows, and even had a few small roles on The Andy Griffith Show, and Dragnet (1967), among others.

Hesseman is probably best know for playing radio DJ, Dr. Johnny Fever, on the classic sitcom, WKRP in Cincinnati, a role that probably came easy for him, as he had worked as a DJ when he was younger. He later starred in the high school sitcom Head of the Class, playing Mr. Moore. Lately, Hesseman has concentrated on smaller television roles, such as guest spots on That '70s Show, and Crossing Jordan.

Hesseman has been divorced twice, but is presently married to Caroline Ducrocq.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Head of the Class (1986)As: Charlie Moore (S01-S04)
WKRP in Cincinnati (1978)As: Johnny "Fever" Caravella
One Day at a Time (1975)As: Sam Royer (S09)
Episode Cast Credits 

Mike & Molly (2010) 
  Mike Likes Lasagna 02x17: (Feb/27/2012) As Otis 

Drop Dead Diva (2009) 
  The Wedding 03x04: (Jul/17/2011) As Cole Lamburt 

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) 
  Turn On, Tune In, Drop Dead 11x16: (Feb/24/2011) As Dr. Aden 

Lie to Me (2009) 
  Beat the Devil 02x11: (Jun/07/2010) As Mr. Hickson 

ER (1994) 
  The War Comes Home 14x01: (Sep/27/2007) As Dr. James Broderick 

John From Cincinnati (2007) 
  His Visit: Day Nine 01x10: (Aug/12/2007) As Erlemeyer 
  His Visit: Day Eight 01x09: (Aug/05/2007) As Erlemeyer 

Psych (2006) 
  And Down the Stretch Comes Murder 02x05: (Aug/10/2007) As Barry 

Boston Legal (2004) 
  Fat Burner 03x15: (Feb/13/2007) As Judge Robert Thompson 
  BL: Los Angeles 02x27: (May/16/2006) As Judge Robert Thompson 
  Spring Fever 02x26: (May/16/2006) As Judge Robert Thompson 
  Ivan the Incorrigible 02x22: (Apr/18/2006) As Judge Robert Thompson 

House (2004) 
  Sex Kills 02x14: (Mar/07/2006) As Henry 

Oliver Beene (2003) 
  Superhero 02x11: (Aug/04/2004) As Dr. Fenniger 

Boomtown (2002) 
  The Big Picture 02x06: (Dec/28/2003) As Mel Castle 

Crossing Jordan (2001) 
  Sight Unseen 01x07: (Nov/12/2001) As Barney Reynolds 

Thieves (2001) 
  Jack's Back 01x06: (Nov/09/2001) As Hal 

That '70s Show (1998) 
  Hyde Gets the Girl 04x04: (Oct/09/2001) As Max 
  Backstage Pass 03x24: (May/15/2001) As Max 
  Radio Daze 03x14: (Feb/06/2001) As Max 

Three Sisters (2001) 
  The In-Laws 01x05: (Feb/06/2001) As Jerry Keats 

Level 9 (2000) 
  Wetware 01x08: (Jan/19/2001) As General Richard Scheffer 

Touched by an Angel (1994) 
  Monica's Bad Day 06x23: (Apr/30/2000) As Flynn Hodge 

The Pretender (1996) 
  Extreme 04x06: (Dec/04/1999) As Landlord 

Family Law (1999) 
  The Fourth Trimester 01x08: (Nov/15/1999) As Howard Randall 

The Practice (1997) 
  A Day in the Life 03x12: (Jan/10/1999) As Judge Williams 

Two Guys and a Girl (1998) 
  Two Guys, a Girl and a Dad 01x12: (Jul/15/1998) As Mr. Bergen 

The Outer Limits (1995) (1995) 
  Music of the Spheres 03x14: (May/09/1997) As Dr. Emory Taylor 

The New WKRP in Cincinnati (1991) 
  Johnny Goes Hollywood 02x18: (Feb/20/1993) As Dr. Johnny Fever 
  Fever All Through the Night 02x17: (Feb/13/1993) As Dr. Johnny Fever 
  Fever in the Morning 02x16: (Feb/06/1993) As Dr. Johnny Fever 
  Flimm Flam Man 02x12: (Nov/21/1992) As Dr. Johnny Fever 

The Ray Bradbury Theater (1985) 
  Downwind from Gettysburg 06x13: (Oct/17/1992) As Walter Bayes 

Faerie Tale Theatre (1982) 
  The Princess Who Had Never Laughed 05x02: (Aug/11/1986) As The King 

Murder, She Wrote (1984) 
  Widow, Weep for Me 02x01: (Sep/29/1985) As Sheldon Greenberg 

Saturday Night Live (1975) 
  Jeff Bridges, Beau Bridges/Randy Newman 08x14: (Feb/26/1983) As Himself, [Uncredited]
  Howard Hesseman/Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 08x13: (Feb/19/1983) As Himself (Host) 
  Howard Hesseman/Men at Work 08x04: (Oct/23/1982) As Himself (Host) 
  Howard Hesseman/Randy Newman 05x06: (Dec/08/1979) As Himself (Host) 

Battle of the Network Stars (1976) 
  Special #7 01x07: (Nov/02/1979) As Himself (CBS Team) 

The Rockford Files (1974) (1974) 
  The House on Willis Avenue (2) 04x22: (Feb/24/1978) As Al Steever 
  The House on Willis Avenue (1) 04x21: (Feb/24/1978) As Al Steever 

Quincy, M.E. (1976) 
  A Dead Man's Truth 03x03: (Sep/30/1977) As D.A. 

Blansky's Beauties (1977) 
  Nancy Breaks a Leg 01x13: (Jun/27/1977) As Dr. Berg 

Westside Medical (1977) 
  The Witch of Four West 01x02: (Mar/24/1977) As Buzz Canfield 

Laverne & Shirley (1976) 
  Christmas Eve at the Booby Hatch (aka Oh, Hear the Angel Voices) 02x10: (Dec/21/1976) As Dr. Grayson 

Switch (1975) 
  The Pirates of Tin Pan Alley 02x01: (Sep/21/1976) As M. W. Huffman 

Harry O (1974) 
  Tender Killing Care 02x08: (Oct/30/1975) As Senator Lawler 

The Bob Newhart Show (1972) (1972) 
  Carol's Wedding 04x06: (Oct/18/1975) As Craig Plager 
  Emily Hits the Ceiling 03x23: (Feb/22/1975) As Craig Plager 
  The Battle of the Groups 03x02: (Sep/21/1974) As Craig Plager 
  The Jobless Corps 02x18: (Jan/19/1974) As Craig Plager 

The Blue Knight (1975) 
  The Blue Knight (May/09/1975) As Resident 

Sanford and Son (1972) 
  The Family Man 04x25: (Apr/25/1975) As Professor Stoneham 

Mannix (1967) 
  A Ransom for Yesterday 08x17: (Feb/09/1975) As Ray Bennett 

Rhoda (1974) 
  I'll Be Loving You, Sometimes 01x03: (Sep/23/1974) As Kirk Stevens 

Firehouse (1974) 
  The Hottest Place In Town 01x03: (Jan/31/1974) As Himself 

Dragnet (1967) (1967) 
  Public Affairs - DR-07 03x01: (Sep/19/1968) As Jesse Chaplin 

The Andy Griffith Show (1960) 
  Sam for Town Council 08x27: (Mar/11/1968) As Harry (as Don Sturdy) 
  Goober Goes to an Auto Show 08x22: (Feb/05/1968) As Counter Boy (as Don Sturdy) 
Crew Credits

Show Crew



Episode Crew


WKRP in Cincinnati (1978) (Credited in 2 episodes from this show) 
 
You Can't Go Out of Town Again 04x11 Jan/13/1982 As: Director
Till Debt Do Us Part 03x21 Apr/05/1981 As: Writer
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