Howard Hesseman was an actor from the United States. He appeared on WKRP in Cincinnati as DJ Dr. Johnny Fever and in a number of other popular shows, series, and films. Hessman died on January 29, 2022, at the age of 81, following complications related to colon surgery. He is well known for his role as DJ Dr. Johnny Fever on WKRP in Cincinnati.
Howard was nominated for Primetime Emmy Awards twice for his performance on WKRP, once in 1980 and again in 1981. Don Sturdy was the stage name of the late actor, who first appeared on television in 1968 on the show Dragnet. Later roles included Captain Pete Lassard in Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment, Sam Royer on One Day at a Time, and Charlie Moore, a schoolteacher on Head of the Class.
Later in his career, he had guest appearances on shows such as Mike & Molly, Chicago Med, Fresh Off the Boat, and Psych. Howard Hesseman grew up in Oregon. After his parents split while he was young, he was raised by his mother and stepfather. Howard attended Silverton High School and graduated in 1958. He continued his education at the University of Oregon and was a founding member of The Committee, a San Francisco-based improv comedy troupe.
Caroline Ducrocq and Howard Hesseman married in a private ceremony on July 22, 1989. According to Married Biography, Howard and Caroline dated for roughly six months before marrying. They were married until he died in January 2022, and they never had children together. Before marrying Caroline, Howard was married to Catherine Maison from 1965 to 1974.
In December of 2021, Howard Hesseman is claimed to have had colon surgery. Howard died on Saturday, January 29, 2022, as a result of surgery complications, as confirmed the next morning by his close friend Laraine Newman. “RIP Howard Hesseman,” she said on Twitter. ” What a fantastic time we spent together. It was a lot of fun and hilarity seeing Etta James at Manhattan Beach and Joe Tex at The Parisian Room.”
He then decided to forsake his undergraduate studies in order to focus only on acting. Under the moniker Don Sturdy, he moved to San Francisco and worked as a radio DJ. He did so while pursuing acting ventures, and he was also a founding member of the improv comedy company The Committee, located in the area, which he co-founded with actor David Ogden Stiers. He began acting under the name Don Sturdy and had an appearance in an episode of “Dragnet” in which he played a hippie who was the editor of an underground journal.
Howard played Harry, a fisherman who becomes interested in helping Emmett’s campaign, in the two final episodes of the season of “The Andy Griffith Show.” He played a counter boy who served Goober hot dogs and root beers in the other episode. His next role was on “The Bob Newhart Show,” where he played a member of the group therapy ensemble who was later revealed to be gay for numerous episodes. His character became a playwright during the sixth season. He worked on numerous sketches for “The Dick Cavett Show” in 1969, and he collaborated with soul singer Janis Joplin on one occasion.
His popularity skyrocketed once he landed the part of Dr. Johnny Fever in the sitcom “WKRP in Cincinnati,” which he performed for the whole run of the program from 1978 to 1982. His background as a DJ contributed to his success in the role, and he was twice nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award. Many years later, he would reprise his part in “The New WKRP in Cincinnati,” and would even direct a few episodes. He also appeared in the Disney movie “Flight of the Navigator.”
Following that, he had a brief appearance on “House” before starring as The Chemist in HBO’s “John from Cincinnati.” He later worked as an announcer on “Psych” before making his first appearance on “ER” in the 2007 season opener, in which he played a man who has been influenced by magic mushrooms. He also starred in the New Theatre Restaurant in Overland Park, Kansas, in the production of “The Sunshine Boys” in 2010. He had a guest role on “CSI: Crime