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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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Known For

WKRP in Cincinnati
WKRP in Cincinnati Dr. Johnny Fever
(1978-1982)
Flight of the Navigator
Flight of the Navigator Dr. Louis Faraday
(1986)
About Schmidt
About Schmidt Larry Hertzel
(2002)
The Rocker
The Rocker Gator
(2008)

Filmography

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 2016 The Homeless Detective-1 (TV Movie) (completed)
Howard Oozman
 2018 Dirty Politics
Big Oil
 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
Vespucci
 2016 Chicago Med (TV Series)
Clyde Glickman
- Withdrawal (2016) ... Clyde Glickman
 2016 Silver Skies
Billy
 2015 The Homeless Detective (TV Movie)
Howard
 2014 How to Become an Outlaw
Lawyer
 2013 HitStreak (TV Series short) (2013)
 2012 A Helping Hand (Short)
Howard
 2012 Bigfoot (TV Movie)
Mayor Tommy Gillis
 2012 Mike & Molly (TV Series)
Otis
- 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
 2009 All About Steve
Mr. Horowitz
 2009 Halloween II
Uncle Meat
 2008 The Rocker
Gator
 2007 Martian Child
Dr. Berg
 2007 ER (TV Series)
Dr. James Broderick
- The War Comes Home (2007) ... Dr. James Broderick
 2007 John from Cincinnati (TV Series)
Erlemeyer
- His Visit: Day Nine (2007) ... Erlemeyer
- His Visit: Day Eight (2007) ... Erlemeyer
 2007 Psych (TV Series)
Barry Saunder
- And Down the Stretch Comes Murder (2007) ... Barry Saunder (as Howard Hessman)
 2006-2007 Boston Legal (TV Series)
Judge Robert Thompson
- Fat Burner (2007) ... Judge Robert Thompson
- Spring Fever (2006) ... Judge Robert Thompson
- Ivan the Incorrigible (2006) ... Judge Robert Thompson
 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)
Monty
- Road Trippin' (2003) ... Monty
 2002 About Schmidt
Larry Hertzel
 2002 Maybe It's Me (TV Series)
Mr. Finn
- The Crazy-Girl Episode (2002) ... Mr. Finn
 2002 Teddy Bears' Picnic
Ted Frye
 2002 The Mesmerist
Mr. Valdemar
 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)
Max
- 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
 2000 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
Flynn Hodge
- Monica's Bad Day (2000) ... Flynn Hodge
 1999 The Pretender (TV Series)
Landlord
- Extreme (1999) ... Landlord
 1999 Family Law (TV Series)
Howard Thomas / Randall
- The Fourth Trimester (1999) ... Howard Thomas / Randall
 1999 Tracey Takes On... (TV Series)
Todd
- 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)
Johnson
 1997 On the 2nd Day of Christmas (TV Movie)
David
 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)
Taylor
 1991-1993 The New WKRP in Cincinnati (TV Series)
Dr. Johnny Fever
- Johnny Goes Hollywood (1993) ... Dr. Johnny Fever
- Fever All Through the Night (1993) ... Dr. Johnny Fever
- Fever in the Morning (1993) ... Dr. Johnny Fever
- Herb's Lost Weekend (1993) ... Dr. Johnny Fever (voice, uncredited)
- Flimm Flam Man (1992) ... Dr. Johnny Fever
 1992 Hot Chocolate (TV Movie)
Mr. Cassidy
 1992 The Ray Bradbury Theater (TV Series)
Bayes
- Downwind from Gettysburg (1992) ... Bayes
 1992 Quiet Killer (TV Movie)
Calvin Phillips
 1991 Rubin and Ed
Ed Tuttle
 1990 Call Me Anna (TV Movie)
John Ross
 1986-1990 Head of the Class (TV Series)
Charlie Moore
- Teacher's Pet (1990) ... Charlie Moore
- Cement Hi-Tops (1990) ... Charlie Moore
- The Reel Charlie Moore (1990) ... Charlie Moore
- Politics of Love (1990) ... Charlie Moore
- Queen, Queen, Queen for a Day (1990) ... Charlie Moore
 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 Heat
Pinchus Zion
 1986 Inside Out
Jack
 1986 Faerie Tale Theatre (TV Series)
King
 1986 Flight of the Navigator
Dr. Louis Faraday
 1986 My Chauffeur
McBride
 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 The Princess Who Had Never Laughed (TV Movie)
King
 1984 Silence of the Heart (TV Movie)
Carl Lewis
 1982-1984 One Day at a Time (TV Series)
Sam Royer
- Off We Go (1984) ... Sam Royer
- Meaning of Life (1984) ... Sam Royer
- Up in Smoke (1984) ... Sam Royer
- Never Hire a Relative (1984) ... Sam Royer
- Sam's Apartment (1984) ... Sam Royer
 1984 Best Kept Secrets (TV Movie)
Jim Osborne
 1984 Mister Roberts (TV Movie)
Doc
 1984 This Is Spinal Tap
Terry Ladd
 1983 Focus on Fishko (Short)
Sy
 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
 1978-1982 WKRP in Cincinnati (TV Series)
Dr. Johnny Fever
- Up and Down the Dial (1982) ... Dr. Johnny Fever
- To Err Is Human (1982) ... Dr. Johnny Fever
- The Impossible Dream (1982) ... Dr. Johnny Fever
- The Creation of Venus (1982) ... Dr. Johnny Fever
- Dear Liar (1982) ... Dr. Johnny Fever
 1982 Victims (TV Movie)
Charles Galloway
 1981 Honky Tonk Freeway
Snapper
 1981 Private Lessons
Lester
 1981 Women Who Rate a 10 (TV Movie)
Host
 1980 Skyward (TV Movie)
Koup Trenton
 1980 Gridlock (TV Movie)
Senor Smooth (voice)
 1979 Americathon
Kip Margolis
 1979 You Can't Take It with You (TV Movie)
Wilbur C. Henderson
 1978 Outside Chance (TV Movie)
David
 1978 More Than Friends (TV Movie)
Avery Salminella
 1978 Coming Attractions
Ernie Piles
 1978 The Comedy Company (TV Movie)
Roger Dustleman
 1978 Soap (TV Series)
Mr. Franklin
- Episode #1.25 (1978) ... Mr. Franklin
- Episode #1.24 (1978) ... Mr. Franklin
- Episode #1.23 (1978) ... Mr. Franklin
- Episode #1.22 (1978) ... Mr. Franklin (uncredited)
- Episode #1.21 (1978) ... Mr. Franklin
 1978 Husbands, Wives & Lovers (TV Series)
Dave
 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
 1974-1978 The Bob Newhart Show (TV Series)
Craig Plager / Augie
- Group on a Hot Tin Roof (1978) ... Craig Plager
- Some of My Best Friends Are... (1976) ... Craig Plager
- Who Is Mr. X? (1975) ... Augie (voice, uncredited)
- Emily Hits the Ceiling (1975) ... Craig Plager
- The Battle of the Groups (1974) ... Craig Plager
 1977 Tarantulas: The Deadly Cargo (TV Movie)
Fred
 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
- Nancy Breaks a Leg (1977) ... 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)
Jenks
 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)
Goldie
- 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)
Walker
- Street Edition (1976) ... Walker
 1976 Switch (TV Series)
M.W.
- Pirates of Tin Pan Alley (1976) ... M.W.
 1976 The Big Bus
Jack
 1976 Silent Movie
Executive
 1976 Jackson County Jail
David
 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)
Resident
- Pilot (1975) ... Resident
 1975 Sanford and Son (TV Series)
Professor Stoneham
- The Family Man (1975) ... Professor Stoneham
 1975 Hustling (TV Movie)
Detective
 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)
Hanley
- 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 Veldin
 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)
Hippie (uncredited)
 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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Other Works:

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

Publicity Listings:

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Alternate Names:

Howard Hessman | Don Sturdy

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[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 »

Trivia:

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

Star Sign:

Pisces

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