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Howard Hesseman

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... See full bio »

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Head of the Class
Head of the Class Charlie Moore
About Schmidt
About Schmidt Larry Hertzel
Flight of the Navigator
Flight of the Navigator Dr. Louis Faraday


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 2016 The Homeless Detective-1 (TV Movie) (completed)
Howard Oozman
 2017 Fresh Off the Boat (TV Series)
Mr. Royce
- This Isn't Us (2017) ... Mr. Royce
- This Is Us (2017) ... Mr. Royce
 2016 Emmett in Peopleland (Short)
Howard Oozman
 2016 A Christmas in Vermont (TV Movie)
Nick Harper
 2016 Wild Oats
 2016 Dirty Politics
Big Oil
 2016 Chicago Med (TV Series)
Clyde Glickman
- Withdrawal (2016) ... Clyde Glickman
 2016 Silver Skies
 2015 The Homeless Detective (TV Movie)
 2014 How to Become an Outlaw
 2013 HitStreak (TV Series short) (2013)
 2012 A Helping Hand (Short)
 2012 Bigfoot (TV Movie)
Mayor Tommy Gillis
 2012 Mike & Molly (TV Series)
- Mike Likes Lasagna (2012) ... Otis
 2011 Drop Dead Diva (TV Series)
Cole Lamburt
- The Wedding (2011) ... Cole Lamburt
 2011 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series)
Dr. Aden
- Turn On, Tune In, Drop Dead (2011) ... Dr. Aden
 2010 Lie to Me (TV Series)
Sam Hendricks
- Beat the Devil (2010) ... Sam Hendricks
 2008 The Rocker
 2007 ER (TV Series)
Dr. James Broderick
- The War Comes Home (2007) ... Dr. James Broderick
 2007 Psych (TV Series)
Barry Saunder
- And Down the Stretch Comes Murder (2007) ... Barry Saunder (as Howard Hessman)
 2006 Domestic Import
Lou Kimmelman
 2006 House M.D. (TV Series)
Henry Errington
- Sex Kills (2006) ... Henry Errington
 2006 Man About Town
Ben Giamoro
 2005 Crazy for Christmas (TV Movie)
Fred Nickells
 2004 Oliver Beene (TV Series)
Dr. Fenniger
- Superhero (2004) ... Dr. Fenniger
 2003 Boomtown (TV Series)
Mel Castle
- The Big Picture (2003) ... Mel Castle
 2003 It's All Relative (TV Series)
- Road Trippin' (2003) ... Monty
 2002 Maybe It's Me (TV Series)
Mr. Finn
- The Crazy-Girl Episode (2002) ... Mr. Finn
 2002 Teddy Bears' Picnic
Ted Frye
 2001 Crossing Jordan (TV Series)
Barney Reynolds
- Sight Unseen (2001) ... Barney Reynolds
 2001 Thieves (TV Series)
Hal Bloomberg
- Jack's Back (2001) ... Hal Bloomberg
 2001 That '70s Show (TV Series)
- Hyde Gets the Girl (2001) ... Max
- Backstage Pass (2001) ... Max
- Radio Daze (2001) ... Max
 2001 Three Sisters (TV Series)
Jerry Keats
- The In-Laws (2001) ... Jerry Keats
 2001 Level 9 (TV Series)
General Richard Scheffer
- Wetware (2001) ... General Richard Scheffer
 1999 The Pretender (TV Series)
- Extreme (1999) ... Landlord
 1999 Family Law (TV Series)
Howard Thomas / Randall
- The Fourth Trimester (1999) ... Howard Thomas / Randall
 1999 Tracey Takes On... (TV Series)
- Drugs (1999) ... Todd
 1999 The Practice (TV Series)
Judge C. Williams
- A Day in the Life (1999) ... Judge C. Williams
 1999 The Sky Is Falling
Yogi Cook
 1998 Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place (TV Series)
Mr. Bergen
- Two Guys, a Girl and a Dad (1998) ... Mr. Bergen
 1998 The Way to Santiago (Short)
 1997 On the 2nd Day of Christmas (TV Movie)
 1997 High Stakes (TV Movie)
Wayne Dreyer
 1997 The Outer Limits (TV Series)
Dr. Emory Taylor
- Music of the Spheres (1997) ... Dr. Emory Taylor
 1997 Gridlock'd
Blind Man
 1996 Boys Night Out (Short)
Sheba / Mr. Cabot
 1996 Innocent Victims (TV Movie)
 1995 Out-of-Sync
Det. Caldwell
 1994 Munchie Strikes Back
Munchie (voice)
 1993 Little Miss Millions
Nick Frost
 1993 Lethal Exposure (TV Movie)
 1992 Hot Chocolate (TV Movie)
Mr. Cassidy
 1992 The Ray Bradbury Theater (TV Series)
- Downwind from Gettysburg (1992) ... Bayes
 1992 Quiet Killer (TV Movie)
Calvin Phillips
 1990 Call Me Anna (TV Movie)
John Ross
 1988 The Diamond Trap (TV Movie)
Det. Rollings
 1987 Amazon Women on the Moon
Rupert King (segment "Titan Man")
 1987 Six Against the Rock (TV Movie)
Joseph 'Dutch' Cretzer
 1986 Inside Out
 1986 My Chauffeur
 1985 Clue
The Chief (uncredited)
 1985 George Burns Comedy Week (TV Series)
- The Honeybunnies (1985)
 1985 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Sheldon Greenberg
- Widow, Weep for Me (1985) ... Sheldon Greenberg
 1984 Silence of the Heart (TV Movie)
Carl Lewis
 1984 Best Kept Secrets (TV Movie)
Jim Osborne
 1984 Mister Roberts (TV Movie)
 1984 This Is Spinal Tap
Terry Ladd
 1983 Focus on Fishko (Short)
 1983 Love, Sidney (TV Series)
- The Shrink (1983)
 1983 Doctor Detroit
Smooth Walker
 1983 Likely Stories, Vol. 4 (TV Movie)
Seymour Z. Fishko
 1982 Nine to Five (TV Series)
 1982 One Shoe Makes It Murder (TV Movie)
Joe Hervey
 1982 Victims (TV Movie)
Charles Galloway
 1981 Honky Tonk Freeway
 1981 Private Lessons
 1981 Women Who Rate a 10 (TV Movie)
 1980 Skyward (TV Movie)
Koup Trenton
 1980 Gridlock (TV Movie)
Senor Smooth (voice)
 1979 Americathon
Kip Margolis
 1978 Outside Chance (TV Movie)
 1978 More Than Friends (TV Movie)
Avery Salminella
 1978 Coming Attractions
Ernie Piles, War Correspondent
 1978 The Comedy Company (TV Movie)
Roger Dustleman
 1978 Soap (TV Series)
Mr. Franklin
- Episode #1.22 (1978) ... Mr. Franklin (uncredited)
 1978 Husbands, Wives & Lovers (TV Series)
 1978 The Rockford Files (TV Series)
Al Steever
- The House on Willis Avenue (1978) ... Al Steever
 1978 The Ghost of Flight 401 (TV Movie)
Bert Stockwell
 1977 Tarantulas: The Deadly Cargo (TV Movie)
 1977 Quincy M.E. (TV Series)
D.A. Jerry Douglas
- A Dead Man's Truth (1977) ... D.A. Jerry Douglas
 1977 Blansky's Beauties (TV Series)
Dr. Berg
 1976-1977 Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (TV Series)
Dr. Robert Williams
- Episode #2.155 (1977) ... Dr. Robert Williams
- Episode #2.150 (1977) ... Dr. Robert Williams
- Episode #2.25 (1976) ... Dr. Robert Williams (credit only)
- Episode #2.22 (1976) ... Dr. Robert Williams (uncredited)
- Episode #2.15 (1976) ... Dr. Robert Williams (credit only)
 1977 The Amazing Howard Hughes (TV Movie)
 1977 Westside Medical (TV Series)
Buz Canfield
- The Witch of Four West (1977) ... Buz Canfield
 1977 Tail Gunner Joe (TV Movie)
Lt. Ted Cantwell
 1977 Delvecchio (TV Series)
- Dying Can Be a Pleasure (1977) ... Goldie
 1976 Laverne & Shirley (TV Series)
Dr. Grayson
- Oh Hear the Angels' Voices (1976) ... Dr. Grayson
 1976 Baretta (TV Series)
- Street Edition (1976) ... Walker
 1976 Switch (TV Series)
- Pirates of Tin Pan Alley (1976) ... M.W.
 1976 The Big Bus
 1976 Silent Movie
 1976 Jackson County Jail
 1976 Family (TV Series)
Store Manager
- A Special Kind of Loving (1976) ... Store Manager
 1976 Tunnel Vision
Senator McMannus
 1976 Collision Course: Truman vs. MacArthur (TV Movie)
AP Man
 1976 The TVTV Show (TV Movie)
Ralph Buckler
 1975/I The Sunshine Boys
Mr. Walsh, Commerical Director
 1975 Harry O (TV Series)
Senator Lawler
- Tender Killing Care (1975) ... Senator Lawler
 1975 Whiffs
Dr. Gopian
 1975 Prisoners
 1975 The Blue Knight (TV Series)
- Pilot (1975) ... Resident
 1975 Sanford and Son (TV Series)
Professor Stoneham
- The Family Man (1975) ... Professor Stoneham
 1975 Hustling (TV Movie)
 1975 Shampoo
Red Dog
 1975 Mannix (TV Series)
Ray Bennett
- A Ransom for Yesterday (1975) ... Ray Bennett
 1974 Rhoda (TV Series)
Kirk Stevens
- I'll Be Loving You, Sometimes (1974) ... Kirk Stevens
 1974 Another April (TV Movie)
Dennis Webber
 1974 Firehouse (TV Series)
- The Hottest Place in Town (1974) ... Hanley
 1973 The Blue Knight (TV Movie)
 1973 Kid Blue
Confectionary Man (as Howard Hessman)
 1973 Jory
Santa Rosa Bartender (uncredited)
 1973 Steelyard Blues
Frank Veldini
 1972 Cisco Pike
Recording Engineer (as Don Sturdy)
 1971 The Christian Licorice Store
Last Party Guest
 1971 Billy Jack
Drama Teacher (as Don Sturdy)
 1971 The Feminist and the Fuzz (TV Movie)
 1969 Some Kind of a Nut
Bartender (uncredited)
 1968 Dragnet 1967 (TV Series)
Jesse Chaplin
- Public Affairs: DR-07 (1968) ... Jesse Chaplin (as Don Sturdy)
 1968 Petulia
Hippie (uncredited)
 1968 The Andy Griffith Show (TV Series)
Harry / Counterboy
- Sam for Town Council (1968) ... Harry (as Don Sturdy)
- Goober Goes to an Auto Show (1968) ... Counterboy (as Don Sturdy)
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Show Show Soundtrack (1 credit)
Show Show Writer (1 credit)
Show Show Producer (1 credit)
Show Show Self (32 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (6 credits)

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TV promo for WKRP in Cincinnati (1978). See more »

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Alternate Names:

Howard Hessman | Don Sturdy


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[on Head of the Class (1986)] We're not doing the show that I was led to believe I'd do, and it's difficult for me to get off that. I don't want to air dirty laundry in public, but I do feel that the educational arena is one that offers a variety of story ideas as a means of investigating our lives -what we mean to one another and what's important. We could do all that with considerable humor, ... See more »


He quit the University of Oregon for San Francisco and the stage. There, under the assumed name Don Sturdy (it was kind of a joke); he joined The Committee, an improv group that also included Rob Reiner and 'Penny Marshall' )qv_. He appeared in credits as Don Sturdy in at least four productions: Dragnet 1967 (1967), The Andy Griffith Show (1960), Cisco Pike (1972) and Billy Jack (1971). See more »

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