Howard Hesseman

Highest Rated: 95% This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Birthday: Feb 27, 1940
Birthplace: Not Available
Howard Hesseman's early credits have sometimes been hard to trace, mainly because he often billed himself as "Don Sturdy." The mustachioed, prematurely balding Hesseman was a founding member of the San Francisco-based improv troupe The Committee. During his decade-long tenure with this aggregation, he was featured in such films as Petulia (1968) and A Session with the Committee (1970), and showed up on such TV series as The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and The Dick Cavett Show. Through the auspices of his Committee cohort Peter Bonerz, Hesseman played a recurring role on TV's The Bob Newhart Show (1972-78), playing the unsuccessful producer of such TV disasters as "The Nazi Hour." His screen roles in the 1970s included a showy part as a harried TV-commercial director in the opening sequence of The Sunshine Boys. In 1978, Hesseman achieved celebrity in the role of counterculture deejay Dr. Johnny Fever (aka Johnny Caravella) on the popular sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati. Following WKRP's cancellation in 1982, he spent two seasons playing Ann Romano's third (and presumably final) husband Sam Royer on the weekly One Day at a Time. From 1986 to 1990, he starred as urbane high school teacher Charlie Moore in TV's Head of the Class. During all this activity, Howard Hesseman continued showing up in feature films, playing such roles as smarmy promoter Terry Ladd in This is Spinal Tap (1984) and child star Patty Duke's manipulative manager/guardian John Ross in the TV biopic Call Me Anna (1989). Over the following several years, Hessman would remain active on screen, appearnig on shows like That 70's Show and Crossing Jordan, and in movies like The Rocker.

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Silver Skies Billy 2016
No Score Yet A Christmas in Vermont Actor 2016
No Score Yet Bigfoot Mayor Tommy Gillis 2012
6% All About Steve Mr. Horowitz $33.9M 2009
No Score Yet Mister Roberts Actor 2008
No Score Yet Nanny Insanity Lou Kimmelman 2007
No Score Yet Domestic Import Actor 2006
38% Man About Town Ben 2006
No Score Yet Crazy for Christmas Fred Nickells 2005
85% About Schmidt Larry Hertzel $65.1M 2002
0% Teddy Bears' Picnic Ted Frye 2002
No Score Yet The Mesmerist Mr. Valdemar 2002
No Score Yet On the Second Day of Christmas David 1997
88% Gridlock'd Blind Man 1997
No Score Yet Innocent Victims Prosecutor 1996
No Score Yet Out of Sync Cop 1995
No Score Yet Munchie Strikes Back Munchie 1994
No Score Yet Home for Christmas Nick Frost 1993
No Score Yet Chocolat chaud Mr. Cassidy 1992
No Score Yet Quiet Killer Congressman Phillips 1992
No Score Yet Lethal Exposure Taylor 1992
No Score Yet Murder in New Hampshire: The Pamela Smart Story Paul Maggioto 1991
No Score Yet Rubin and Ed Ed Tuttle 1991
No Score Yet The Diamond Trap Detective Rollings 1988
59% Amazon Women on the Moon Rupert King $0.6M 1987
No Score Yet Inside Out Actor 1987
No Score Yet Six Against the Rock Dutch Cretzer 1987
20% Heat Pinchus Zion 1986
83% Flight of the Navigator Faraday 1986
No Score Yet My Chauffeur McBride 1986
59% Clue FBI Agent 1985
29% Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment Lassard 1985
No Score Yet Silence of the Heart Carl Lewis 1984
No Score Yet The Princess Who Had Never Laughed Actor 1984
95% This Is Spinal Tap Terry Ladd 1984
No Score Yet Secrets Bien Gardés Jim Osborne 1984
33% Doctor Detroit Smooth Walker 1983
No Score Yet Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever Actor 1983
No Score Yet One Shoe Makes It Murder Actor 1982
0% Private Lessons Lester Lewis 1981
No Score Yet Honky Tonk Freeway Snapper 1981
No Score Yet Loose Shoes Ernie Piles 1980
No Score Yet Great American Traffic Jam Actor 1980
No Score Yet Americathon Kip Margolis 1979
No Score Yet Tarantulas: The Deadly Cargo Fred 1977
No Score Yet The Other Side of Midnight O'Brien 1977
No Score Yet The Amazing Howard Hughes Jenks 1977
No Score Yet Jackson County Jail David 1976
78% The Big Bus Scotty's Aide Jack 1976
82% Silent Movie Executive 1976
77% The Sunshine Boys Commercial Director 1975
No Score Yet Whiffs Gopian 1975
61% Shampoo Red Dog 1975
No Score Yet Hustling Detective 1975
No Score Yet Kid Blue Confectionery Man 1973
60% Steelyard Blues Frank Veldin 1973
No Score Yet Cisco Pike Recording Engineer 1972
No Score Yet Jory Actor 1972
60% Billy Jack Howard Johnson 1971

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet WKRP in Cincinnati
1978-1982
Director Johnny `Dr. Johnny Fever' Caravella
  • 2019
  • 1982
  • 1981
  • 1980
  • 1979
  • 1978
94% Fresh Off the Boat
2015
Mr. Royce
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Mike & Molly
2010-2016
Otis
  • 2012
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
Dr. Aden
  • 2011
72% Drop Dead Diva
2009-2014
  • 2011
79% Lie to Me
2009-2011
Sam Hendricks
  • 2010
50% John From Cincinnati
2007
The Chemist
  • 2007
92% Psych
2006-2014
Barry
  • 2007
87% Boston Legal
2004-2008
Judge Robert Thompson
  • 2007
  • 2006
91% House
2004-2012
Henry Errington Henry
  • 2006
No Score Yet Boomtown
2002-2003
Mel Castle
  • 2003
  • 2002
No Score Yet Crossing Jordan
2001-2007
Barney Reynolds
  • 2001
43% Level 9
2000-2008
Gen. Richard Scheffer
  • 2001
No Score Yet That '70s Show
1998-2006
Max
  • 2001
No Score Yet Thieves
2001
Hal
  • 2001
No Score Yet The Practice
1997-2004
Judge Williams
  • 1999
No Score Yet Tracey Takes On...
1996-1999
  • 1999
No Score Yet Two Guys and a Girl
1998-2001
  • 1998
No Score Yet Head of the Class
1986-1991
Charlie Moore
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1987
  • 1986
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Sheldon Greenberg
  • 1985
No Score Yet One Day at a Time
1975-1984
Sam Royer
  • 1984
  • 1983
  • 1982
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest
  • 1983
  • 1982
  • 1979
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
1974-1980
Al Steever
  • 1978
No Score Yet The Bob Newhart Show
1972-1978
Mr. Plager Plager
  • 1978
  • 1976
  • 1975
  • 1974
No Score Yet Quincy, M.E.
1976-1983
Asst. DA Jerry Douglas
  • 1977
No Score Yet Laverne & Shirley
1976-1983
Dr. Grayson
  • 1976
No Score Yet Sanford and Son
1972-1977
Prof. Stoneham
  • 1975
No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show
1960-1968
Harry Boy
  • 1968

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