Howard Hesseman Biography

Birthday: 1940-02-27
Place of Birth: Lebanon, Oregon USA
Height: 5' 10" (1.78 m)
Wiki Biography: Howard Hesseman has been a leading counter-culture figure since the late 1960s. He was a member of the improv group, "the Committee", for ten years in the sixties and seventies. He has been a character actor for many years on different television shows since the 1960s, and took small parts in "The Andy Griffith Show" (1960), "Dragnet 1967" (1967), "Soap" (1977) and "Sanford and Son" (1972). The role that brought him to prominence was Howard Johnson in the cult classic Billy Jack (1971). He has been active in movies and TV since. He was a frequent guest star on "The Bob Newhart Show" (1972), but the best was yet to come. He will perhaps be forever remembered on the classic series "WKRP in Cincinnati" (1978), as anti-disco DJ Dr. Johnny Fever. Also in the seventies, Hesseman appeared in a small part in The Sunshine Boys (1975/I), Tunnel Vision (1976), Silent Movie (1976) and The Big Bus (1976). After the cancellation of "WKRP in Cincinnati" (1978), he went on to star as the husband of Ann Romano in "One Day at a Time" (1975). After that series was cancelled, Hesseman starred in more cult classics, such as This Is Spinal Tap (1984), Doctor Detroit (1983), Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985), (a role which he refused to play again) Clue (1985) and Flight of the Navigator (1986). He then got another part in television, this time as a teacher in the high school sitcom "Head of the Class" (1986). As Mr. Moore, he was insightful, funny and a pleasure to watch. Hesseman left the show in 1990 and has done a steady stream of television guest roles since. In 1987, he was in the star-studded Amazon Women on the Moon (1987), and, in 1991, he starred in the very strange film Rubin and Ed (1991). Since then, he has been in a handful of other films, including Gridlock'd (1997) with Tupac Shakur. His work in recent years concentrates mostly on television, where he takes mostly small guest roles, in shows like "That '70s Show" (1998), "Touched by an Angel" (1994), "The Practice" (1997) and "Crossing Jordan" (2001). Since his career began, Hesseman has gained a reputation as a quality and versatile character actor.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
WKRP in Cincinnati Johnny 'Dr. Fever' Caravella 1978 Comedy
Gridlock Senor Smooth 1980 - 1980
Head of the Class Charles P. 'Charlie' Moore 1986 - 1991 Comedy
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Steelyard Blues 1973 Comedy, Crime
The Sunshine Boys 1976 Comedy
Tunnel Vision 1976
The Amazing Howard Hughes 1977 Drama
Tarantulas: The Deadly Cargo 1977 Horror, Thriller
Americathon 1979 Comedy
Cisco Pike 1979 Drama
Private Lessons 1981 Biography
Honky Tonk Freeway 1982 Action, Comedy
Doctor Detroit 1983 Comedy
Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment Captain Peter 'Pete' Lassard 1985 0
My Chauffeur 1986 Comedy
Flight of the Navigator 1986 Family, Adventure, Sci Fi
Inside Out Jack 1986 Drama
Heat Pinchus Zion 1987 Action, Crime, Drama
Little Miss Millions Nick Frost 1993 Comedy, Family
Munchie Strikes Back Munchie 1994 Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Gridlock'd Blind Man 1997
On the 2nd Day of Christmas 1997 Comedy, Drama, Family
The Sky Is Falling Yogi Cook 2001 Drama, Comedy
The Mesmerist Mr. Valdemar 2002 Comedy
About Schmidt 2002 Comedy, Drama
Man About Town 2006 0, 0
Domestic Import Lou Kimmelman 2007 Comedy
All About Steve Mr. Horowitz 2009 0
Dirty Politics Big Oil 2009 Comedy