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|Born||February 27, 1940|
Lebanon, Oregon, U.S.
Howard Hesseman (born February 27, 1940)is an American actor best known for playing DJ Dr. Johnny Fever on WKRP in Cincinnati , Captain Pete Lassard in Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment , Sam Royer on One Day at a Time , and schoolteacher Charlie Moore on Head of the Class .
Hesseman was born in Lebanon, Oregon, the son of Edna (née Forster) and George Henry Hesseman.His parents divorced when he was five, and he was raised by his mother and stepfather, a police officer. He graduated from Silverton High School in 1958. Hesseman attended the University of Oregon, and was later a founding member of the San Francisco-based improvisational comedy troupe The Committee with fellow actor David Ogden Stiers. Early in his acting career, he used the alias Don Sturdy, the name he also used as a radio DJ.
Under the alias of Don Sturdy, Hesseman made his first television appearances, including one episode of Dragnet in 1968 in which he portrayed a hippie named Jesse Chaplin, the editor of an underground newspaper. In this Dragnet episode, his character was a panelist on a TV show opposite Sgt. Friday and Officer Gannon.
He played a bit part in two final-season episodes of The Andy Griffith Show . In the episode "Sam for Town Council," Hesseman has an exchange with Emmett Clark (Paul Hartman), who is running for town council against Sam Jones played by Ken Berry. Hesseman plays a character named Harry seen preparing fishing tackle outside a sporting goods store and complaining to Emmett how poor the fishing has been at a nearby fishing spot. Emmett promises to stock the pond with big perch in exchange for Harry's vote. Harry agrees and wears a campaign button supporting Emmett in the race. In the episode "Goober Goes to an Auto Show", Hesseman, also credited as Don Sturdy, plays the Counterboy, serving hot dogs and root beers to Goober and his old trade school rival Roy Swanson, played by Noam Pitlik. Hesseman made several appearances as Mr. Plager, a member of the group therapy ensemble on The Bob Newhart Show , who was later revealed to be gay. He became a playwright in the sixth season of the show, writing a play about the characters in the group. In several other episodes of the show, Hesseman's voice can be heard as a TV announcer. In 1969, he appeared uncredited with The Committee (though at the time using the name Don Sturdy) in several sketches on The Dick Cavett Show , and appeared in one sketch with guest Janis Joplin.
Hesseman is best known for his role as anti-disco disc jockey John "Dr. Johnny Fever" Caravella on the television sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati from 1978 to 1982, a role Hesseman prepared for by working as a DJ in San Francisco at KMPX-FM for several months. He was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 1980 and 1981 for his portrayal of Fever. In 1986, he was in the Disney cult classic Flight of the Navigator . He reprised the role in nine episodes of The New WKRP in Cincinnati , and also directed several episodes of the 1991-93 series revival.
Hesseman is also remembered for his role as teacher Charlie Moore on the ABC series Head of the Class from 1986 to 1990. [ citation needed ]He also played Sam Royer, the man who married Ann Romano (Bonnie Franklin) on One Day at a Time from 1982 to 1984. In 1994, Hesseman introduced lost footage of Joplin in a documentary on Woodstock. He made two appearances on Saturday Night Live, one in which he paid tribute to, and told jokes about, the recently deceased John Belushi and the other in which he mooned President Ronald Reagan. NBC showed a picture of Reagan, and Hesseman mooned the president off camera. He also encouraged the viewing audience to moon the picture and send pictures in to NBC.
In 1995, Hesseman played the role of the Marquis de Sade in Quills at the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood, California, which included one scene in which he was fully naked. In 2001, Hesseman had a role on three episodes of That '70s Show . In 2006, he appeared in three episodes of the ABC television series Boston Legal , playing the unorthodox Judge Robert Thompson, as well as an episode of House . During his appearance as Judge Thompson, Hesseman paid homage to his role as a teacher in his earlier ABC series by hearing a court case while sitting atop the judge's bench, just as the character of Mr. Moore taught his class atop his desk. In 2007, he played The Chemist on HBO's John From Cincinnati . He has guest-starred as an announcer at a horse track on Psych , in the episode "And Down the Stretch Comes Murder". Hesseman guest-starred on the 2007 season premiere of NBC's ER , playing a man tripping on magic mushrooms who may or may not have been an orthopedic doctor from another hospital. Hesseman starred in The Sunshine Boys at the New Theatre Restaurant in Overland Park, Kansas, from September to November 2010. In February 2011, he had a guest role as Dr. Elliot D. Aden in the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation episode titled "Turn On, Tune In, Drop Dead" from season 11 (episode 16). Dr. Aden was head of Department of Defense project called Stonewall at W.L.V.U., which did research in fringe psychological concepts such as E.S.P. and out-of-body experiences.
In April 2018, Hesseman was seen promoting the WKRP in Cincinnati television series and other classic television series on the MeTV television network.
|1969||Some Kind of a Nut||Bartender||(uncredited)|
|1971||Billy Jack||Drama Teacher #2|
|The Christian Licorice Store||Last Party Guest|
|1972||Cisco Pike||Recording Engineer|
|1973||Steelyard Blues||Frank Veldini|
|Jory||Santa Rosa Bartender||(uncredited)|
|Kid Blue||Confectionary Man|
|The Sunshine Boys||Mr. Walsh, Commercial Director|
|1976||Tunnel Vision||Senator McMannus|
|Jackson County Jail||David|
|The Big Bus||Jack|
|1977||The Other Side of Midnight||O'Brien|
|1978||Loose Shoes||Ernie Piles|
|The Jerk||Carnival Worker||(uncredited)|
|Honky Tonk Freeway||Snapper|
|1983||Doctor Detroit||Smooth Walker|
|Focus on Fishko||Sy||(Short)|
|1984||This Is Spinal Tap||Terry Ladd|
|Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment||Pete Lassard|
|Flight of the Navigator||Dr. Louis Faraday|
|1987||Amazon Women on the Moon||Rupert King (segment "Titan Man")|
|1991||Rubin and Ed||Ed Tuttle|
|1993||Little Miss Millions||Nick Frost|
|1994||Munchie Strikes Back||Munchie (voice)|
|1996||Boys Night Out||Sheba / Mr. Cabot||(Short)|
|1998||The Way to Santiago||Johnson||(Short)|
|1999||The Sky Is Falling||Yogi Cook|
|2002||Teddy Bears' Picnic||Ted Frye|
|The Mesmerist||Mr. Valdemar|
|About Schmidt||Larry Hertzel|
|2006||Man About Town||Ben Giamoro|
|Domestic Import||Lou Kimmelman|
|2007||Martian Child||Dr. Berg|
|2009||Halloween II||Uncle Meat|
|All About Steve||Mr. Horowitz|
|2012||Bigfoot||Mayor Tommy Gillis|
|A Helping Hand||Howard||(Short)|
|Emmett in Peopleland||Howard Oozman||(Short)|
|2018||Dirty Politics||Big Oil|
|1968||Dragnet||Jesse Chaplin||Episode: "Public Affairs: DR-07"|
|1971||The Feminist and the Fuzz||Hippie||TV movie (uncredited)|
|1973||The Blue Knight||TV movie|
|1974||Firehouse||Hanley||Episode: "The Hottest Place in Town"|
|Another April||Dennis Webber||TV movie|
|Rhoda||Kirk Stevens||Episode: "I'll Be Loving You, Sometimes"|
|1975||Mannix||Ray Bennett||Episode: "A Ransom for Yesterday"|
|Sanford and Son||Professor Stoneham||Episode: "The Family Man"|
|The Blue Knight||Resident||Episode: "Pilot"|
|Harry O||Senator Lawler||Episode: "Tender Killing Care"|
|1976||Collision Course: Truman vs. MacArthur||AP Man||TV movie|
|Family||Store Manager||Episode: "A Special Kind of Loving"|
|Switch||M.W.||Episode: "Pirates of Tin Pan Alley"|
|Baretta||Walker||Episode: "Street Edition"|
|Laverne & Shirley||Dr. Grayson||Episode: "Oh Hear the Angels' Voices"|
|1976-1977||Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman||Dr. Robert Williams||13 episodes|
|1977||Delvecchio||Goldie||Episode: "Dying Can Be a Pleasure"|
|Tail Gunner Joe||Lt. Ted Cantwell||TV movie|
|Westside Medical||Buz Canfield||Episode: "The Witch of Four West"|
|The Amazing Howard Hughes||Jenks||TV movie|
|The TVTV Show||Ralph Buckler||TV movie|
|Blansky's Beauties||Dr. Berg||Episode: "Nancy Breaks a Leg"|
|Quincy, M.E.||D.A. Jerry Douglas||Episode: "A Dead Man's Truth"|
|Tarantulas: The Deadly Cargo||Fred||TV movie|
|1974-1978||The Bob Newhart Show||Craig Plager / Augie||6 episodes|
|1978||The Ghost of Flight 401||Bert Stockwell||TV movie|
|The Rockford Files||Al Steever||Episode: "The House on Willis Avenue"|
|Husbands, Wives & Lovers||Dave||Episode: "Ron Moves in and Helene Steps Out"|
|Soap||Mr. Franklin||7 episodes|
|The Comedy Company||Roger Dustleman||TV movie|
|More Than Friends||Avery Salminella||TV movie|
|Outside Chance||David||TV movie|
|1979||You Can't Take It with You||Wilbur C. Henderson||TV movie|
|1980||Gridlock||Senor Smooth (voice)|
|Skyward||Koup Trenton||TV movie|
|1978-1982||WKRP in Cincinnati||Dr. Johnny Fever / Ghost of Christmas Future||86 episodes|
|1982||Victims||Charles Galloway||TV movie|
|One Shoe Makes It Murder||Joe Hervey||TV movie|
|9 to 5||Episode: "Home Is Where the Hart Is"|
|1983||Love, Sidney||Episode: "The Shrink"|
|Likely Stories, Vol. 4||Seymour Z. Fishko||TV movie|
|1982-1984||One Day at a Time||Sam Royer||16 episodes|
|1984||Mister Roberts||Doc||TV movie|
|Best Kept Secrets||Jim Osborne||TV movie|
|Silence of the Heart||Carl Lewis||TV movie|
|The Princess Who Had Never Laughed||King||TV movie|
|1985||George Burns Comedy Week||Episode: "The Honeybunnies"|
|1986||Faerie Tale Theatre||King||Episode: "The Princess Who Had Never Laughed"|
|1987||Six Against the Rock||Joseph 'Dutch' Cretzer||TV movie|
|1988||The Diamond Trap||Det. Rollings||TV movie|
|1986-1990||Head of the Class||Charlie Moore||96 episodes|
|1990||Call Me Anna||John Ross||TV movie|
|1991||Murder in New Hampshire: The Pamela Wojas Smart Story||Paul Maggioto||TV movie|
|1992||Black Death||Calvin Phillips||TV movie|
|The Ray Bradbury Theatre||Bayes||Episode: "Downwind from Gettysburg"|
|Hot Chocolate||Mr. Cassidy||TV movie|
|1991-1993||The New WKRP in Cincinnati||Dr. Johnny Fever||10 episodes|
|1993||Lethal Exposure||Taylor||TV movie|
|1995||Burke's Law||Chuck Mason||Episode: "Who Killed the Gadget Man?"|
|1996||Innocent Victims||Smithline||TV movie|
|1997||The Outer Limits||Dr. Emory Taylor||Episode: "Music of the Spheres"|
|High Stakes||Wayne Dreyer||TV movie|
|On the 2nd Day of Christmas||David||TV movie|
|1998||Two Guys and a Girl||Mr. Bergen||Episode: "Two Guys, a Girl and a Dad"|
|1999||The Practice||Judge C. Williams||Episode: "A Day in the Life"|
|Tracey Takes On...||Todd||Episode: "Drugs"|
|Family Law||Howard Thomas / Randall||Episode: "The Fourth Trimester"|
|The Pretender||Landlord||Episode: "Extreme"|
|2000||Touched by an Angel||Flynn Hodge||Episode: "Monica's Bad Day"|
|2001||Level 9||General Richard Scheffer||"Wetware"|
|Three Sisters||Jerry Keats||Episode: "The In-Laws"|
|That '70s Show||Max||3 episodes|
|Thieves||Hal Bloomberg||Episode: "Jack's Back"|
|Crossing Jordan||Barney Reynolds||Episode: "Sight Unseen"|
|2002||Maybe It's Me||Mr. Finn||Episode: "The Crazy-Girl Episode"|
|2003||It's All Relative||Monty||Episode: "Road Trippin'"|
|Boomtown||Mel Castle||Episode: "The Big Picture"|
|2004||Oliver Beene||Dr. Fenniger||Episode: "Superhero"|
|2005||Crazy for Christmas||Fred Nickells||TV movie|
|2006||House||Henry Errington||Episode: "Sex Kills"|
|2006-2007||Boston Legal||Judge Robert Thompson||3 episodes|
|2007||Psych||Barry Saunder||Episode: "And Down the Stretch Comes Murder"|
|John from Cincinnati||Erlemeyer||2 episodes|
|ER||Dr. James Broderick||Episode: "The War Comes Home"|
|2010||Lie to Me||Sam Hendricks||Episode: "Beat the Devil"|
|2011||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Dr. Aden||Episode: "Turn On, Tune In, Drop Dead"|
|Drop Dead Diva||Cole Lamburt||Episode: "The Wedding"|
|2012||Mike & Molly||Otis||Episode: "Mike Likes Lasagna"|
|2015||The Homeless Detective||Howard Oozman||TV movie|
|2016||Chicago Med||Clyde Glickman||Episode: "Withdrawal"|
|A Christmas in Vermont||Nick Harper||TV movie|
|2017||Fresh Off the Boat||Mr. Royce||2 episodes|
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