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Howard Hesseman

Charles P. 'Charlie' Moore in Head of the Class

Photos Howard Hesseman Birth name: Howard Hesseman
Birth date: 1940/02/27 (81 years old)
Birth place : Lebanon Oregon
Height: 1.83 m

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Biography for Howard Hesseman

Howard Hesseman has been a leading counter-culture figure for nearly twenty years. 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), 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 he subsequently has not been active in many films or TV shows 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 who is only more intelligent as his career moves along. His upcoming projects look promising, and his career looks like it will have no end.


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Title Role
Domestic Import (2006) (post-production) Lou Kimmelman
Boston Legal
House M.D.
Man About Town (2006) Ben Giamoro
Crazy for Christmas (2005) (TV) Fred Nickells
Boomtown - The Big Picture (2003) TV Episode Mel Castle
It's All Relative - Road Trippin' (2003) TV Episode Monty
About Schmidt (2002) Larry Hertzel
Teddy Bears' Picnic (2002) Ted Frye
Maybe It's Me - The Crazy-Girl Episode (2002) TV Episode Mr. Finn
The Mesmerist (2002) Mr. Valdemar
Crossing Jordan - Sight Unseen (2001) TV Episode Barney Reynolds
Thieves - Jack's Back (2001) TV Episode Hal Bloomberg
That '70s Show
Three Sisters - The In-Laws (2001) TV Episode Jerry Keats
Level 9 - Wetware (2001) TV Episode General Richard Scheffer
Touched by an Angel - Monica's Bad Day (2000) TV Episode Flynn
The Sky Is Falling (2000) Yogi Cook
The Pretender - Extreme (1999) TV Episode Landlord
Family Law - The Fourth Trimester (1999) TV Episode Howard Thomas/Randall
Tracey Takes On... - Drugs (1999) TV Episode Todd
The Practice - A Day in the Life (1999) TV Episode Judge C. Williams
Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place
On the 2nd Day of Christmas (1997) (TV) David
High Stakes (1997) (TV) Wayne Dreyer
The Outer Limits
Gridlock'd (1997) Blind Man
Innocent Victims (1996) (TV)
Boys Night Out (1996) Sheba/Mr. Cabot
Out-of-Sync (1995) Det. Caldwell
Burke's Law - Who Killed the World's Greatest Chef? (1995) TV Episode
Munchie Strikes Back (1994) (voice) Munchie
Lethal Exposure (1993) (TV) Taylor
The New WKRP in Cincinnati - Fever in the Morning (1993) TV Episode Dr. Johnny Fever
Little Miss Millions (1993) Nick Frost
The Ray Bradbury Theater
Quiet Killer (1992) (TV) Congressman Calvin Phillips
Hot Chocolate (1992) Mr. Cassidy
Murder in New Hampshire: The Pamela Wojas Smart Story (1991) (TV) Paul Maggioto
Rubin and Ed (1991) Ed Tuttle
Call Me Anna (1990) (TV) John Ross
The Diamond Trap (1988) (TV) Det. Rollings
Amazon Women on the Moon (1987) Rupert King (segment Titan Man)
Inside Out (1987) Jack
Six Against the Rock (1987) (TV) Joseph 'Dutch' Cretzer
Head of the Class (1986) TV Series Charles P. 'Charlie' Moore (1986-1990)
Heat (1986) Pinchus Zion
Faerie Tale Theatre
Flight of the Navigator (1986) Dr. Faraday
My Chauffeur (1986) McBride
Clue (1985) (uncredited) The Chief
George Burns Comedy Week - The Honeybunnies (1985) TV Episode
Murder, She Wrote - Widow, Weep for Me (1985) TV Episode Sheldon Greenberg
Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985) Capt. Peter 'Pete' Lassard
Silence of the Heart (1984) (TV) Carl Lewis
Best Kept Secrets (1984) (TV) Jim Osborne
Mister Roberts (1984) (TV) Doc
This Is Spinal Tap (1984) Terry Ladd
The Princess Who Had Never Laughed (1984) (TV) King
Doctor Detroit (1983) Smooth Walker
Saturday Night Live
Likely Stories, Vol. 4 (1983) TV Series Seymour Z. Fishko
One Day at a Time (1975) TV Series Sam Royer (1982-1984)
One Shoe Makes It Murder (1982) (TV) Joe Hervey
WKRP in Cincinnati Johnny 'Dr. Fever' Caravella (1978-82)
Victims (1982) (TV) Charles Galloway
Private Lessons (1981) Lester Lewis
Honky Tonk Freeway (1981) Snapper
Women Who Rate a 10 (1981) (TV) Host
Skyward (1980) (TV) Koup Trenton
Gridlock (1980) (TV) Voice of Senor Smooth
Loose Shoes (1980) Ernie Piles, War Correspondent
Americathon (1979) Kip Margolis
You Can't Take It with You (1979) (TV) Wilbur C. Henderson
Outside Chance (1978) (TV) David
More Than Friends (1978) (TV) Avery Salminella
The Comedy Company (1978) (TV) Roger Dustleman
Husbands, Wives & Lovers - Ron Moves in and Helene Steps Out (1978) TV Episode Dave
The Rockford Files
The Ghost of Flight 401 (1978) (TV) Bert Stockwell
Tarantulas: The Deadly Cargo (1977) (TV) Fred
Quincy M.E.
The Other Side of Midnight (1977) O'Brien
The Amazing Howard Hughes (1977) (TV) Jenks
Westside Medical - The Witch of Four West (1977) TV Episode Buz Canfield
Tail Gunner Joe (1977) (TV) Lt. Cantwell
Delvecchio - Dying Can Be a Pleasure (1977) TV Episode
Laverne & Shirley
Baretta - Street Edition (1976) TV Episode Walker
Switch - The Pirates of Tin Pan Alley (1976) TV Episode M.W.
The Big Bus (1976) Jack
Silent Movie (1976) Executive
Jackson County Jail (1976) David
Tunnel Vision (1976) Senator McMannus
Family - A Special Kind of Loving (1976) TV Episode Salina's Health-Food Cafe Boss
Collision Course: Truman vs. MacArthur (1976) (TV) AP Man
The Sunshine Boys (1975) Mr. Walsh, Commerical Director
Harry O - Tender Killing Care (1975) TV Episode Senator Lawler
The Bob Newhart Show
Whiffs (1975) Dr. Gopian
Prisoners (1975)
The Blue Knight (1975) (TV) Resident
Sanford and Son - The Family Man (1975) TV Episode Professor Stoneham
Shampoo (1975) Red Dog
Hustling (1975) (TV) Detective
Mannix - A Ransom for Yesterday (1975) TV Episode Ray Bennett
Rhoda - I'll Be Loving You, Sometimes (1974) TV Episode Kirk Stevens
Another April (1974) (TV) Dennis Webber
The Blue Knight (1973) (TV)
Kid Blue (1973) Confectionery man
Jory (1973) (uncredited) Santa Rosa Bartender
Steelyard Blues (1973) Frank Veldini
Cisco Pike (1972) (as Don Sturdy) Recording Engineer
The Christian Licorice Store (1971) Last Party Guests
Billy Jack (1971) (as Don Sturdy) Howard Johnson (drama teacher)
Some Kind of a Nut (1969) (uncredited) Bartender
Dragnet 1967
Petulia (1968) (uncredited)


Attended the University of Oregon.

Member of the improvisational group, The Committee, 1965-75.

Before he became an actor, he was a real radio D.J. Hence, the "WKRP in Cincinnati" (1978) role fit him perfectly.

During "The Committee's" appearance on the July 18, 1969 Dick Cavett Show, Howard called one of his cast members "fellow baby." Nearly a decade later on "WKRP in Cincinnati" Howard would make this phrase one of Dr. Johnny Fever's most popular sayings, the role that he is most identified with.


Spouse : Caroline Ducrocq (22 July 1989 - present)

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  • Creation date: 01/07/2003 by abdest

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